Author Topic: Boiling wort on BBQ?  (Read 3973 times)

Offline kcreiglow

  • BeerSmith Apprentice Brewer
  • **
  • Posts: 9
  • BeerSmith 2 Rocks!
Boiling wort on BBQ?
« on: October 20, 2011, 06:51:42 PM »
I really want to move my brew operation outside.  I've been boiling my water on the stove but was thinking of getting a propane burner.  I then looked at the BBQ and thought, that should do it... Right?

Has anyone ever done this?  Is it effective enough to get the job done in 60-90 min?  Or should I go out and buy a $40 burner?

Offline Rusty Nails

  • BeerSmith Grandmaster Brewer
  • *****
  • Posts: 141
Re: Boiling wort on BBQ?
« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2011, 08:34:04 PM »
I would put a pot of water the same size as your normal brew on the BBQ and see what happens. Whenever I change anything on my equipment, I do a water brew first just to test.
Let us know how it works.

Offline DaveinPa

  • BeerSmith Grandmaster Brewer
  • *****
  • Posts: 148
Re: Boiling wort on BBQ?
« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2011, 02:56:52 PM »
I think you will use less propane with a dedicated burner. My BBQ burners are shaped quite differently than my boil pot so I think a lot of heat would be lost.  It might pay for itself in a year or so.

Offline Ziggybrew

  • BeerSmith Grandmaster Brewer
  • *****
  • Posts: 162
Re: Boiling wort on BBQ?
« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2011, 12:12:35 PM »
I thought about trying charcoal as a heat source just for fun. Then I realized the black pot and no way to adjust the flame was a huge buzz-kill. My propane grill won't probably get hot enough for a 20 Gallon Blichmann. I'll stick to a proper burner.