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Old 03-27-2010, 03:52 PM   #1
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Out of my first tank I only got 1.5 batches of beer. During the second one I had to move my pot inside. I got a new tank and brewed again last week. Only 6 gallons of wort took 90 minutes to boil, i could barely maintain the boil (as usual) and the tank petered out just as I was finishing...it was 65F outside! WTF! Why am I the only person with these problems? What is going on here? Everyone seems to love the Banjo Burner but me!

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Old 03-27-2010, 04:04 PM   #2
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Out of my first tank I only got 1.5 batches of beer. During the second one I had to move my pot inside. I got a new tank and brewed again last week. Only 6 gallons of wort took 90 minutes to boil, i could barely maintain the boil (as usual) and the tank petered out just as I was finishing...it was 65F outside! WTF! Why am I the only person with these problems? What is going on here? Everyone seems to love the Banjo Burner but me!
WOW??

Something is amiss.

It only takes about 3,000 BTUs to reach a boil in 6 gallons from 155F.

You said it took 90 minutes to reach a boil?

So you are saying that burner is only transferring 2000 BTU/hr to the kettle?
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Old 03-27-2010, 04:07 PM   #3
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this 3rd batch I started out at a lower temp because I (stupidly) added cold water to bring it up to 6 gallons. Even still, I am belting out an obnoxious amount of resources and getting very little in return. it seems like I should rig the burner so it is closer to the pot, but I don't see why that should even be necessary. I am using a brand new MegaPot. I should be rocking and rolling- I just don't get it.

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Old 03-27-2010, 04:08 PM   #4
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Gas leak?

Clog forcing gas back out air intake?

Something is wrong for sure...

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Old 03-27-2010, 04:10 PM   #5
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That really sounds odd, I am able to get almost 5 batches off of one of my tanks. I also heat my mash water on the stove but bring my sparge water up on burner. I would say you had the burner up too high but you said it took 90 min to reach a boil. I have no suggestion except how high is the kettle above the burner and how windy is it where you brew

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Old 03-27-2010, 04:14 PM   #6
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it can sometimes be windier than I would like, I am 1/2 mile from the beach. This past time, however, it was not very windy. I can certify that I do not have a gas leek, too. I heat my mash and sparge water on my stove. Do you crank the flame all the way or keep it at medium?

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Bottom line, even if you start at 50F and want to reach a boil in 6 gallons, it only takes 8,000 BTUs of heat to do this.

Your burner is rated at what?

One pound of LP is about 22,000 BTUs

It should only take 1 pound of LP to reach a boil in 6 gallons from 50F...

This is a mystery, but gas burners are more eff. at lower power settings.

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I usually have it up to get to a boil but turn it down to get a nice roll going, but I never have the valve full open

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the valve on the tank or the control valve on the regulator?

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I have the tank full open but the flame control valve it partially open

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