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Old 07-31-2012, 10:43 PM   #1
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I purchased a Bayou Cooker KAB4 model to heat my 15 gal. keggle. I have brewed 4 times with this setup and had decent rolling boils, although the blue flames appear to be a bit small. I brewed a 1.070 O.G. stout over the weekend (all of my previous beers have been lighter colored and between 1.055 -1.060 O.G.) and just couldn't get the boil going. Temp was 212-214 and it would not get any higher.

Since the burner is new, I don't think cleanliness or blockage is an issue. I'm thinking faulty regulator or tank freeze, but it's nearly 100 degrees outside. Any ideas of what could have caused this? Any suggestions on fixing the problem?..like achieving a more aggressive flame.

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Propane tank running low?

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Old 07-31-2012, 11:13 PM   #3
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No. It was a new one.

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Do you have the burner too far away from the bottom of the keggle?

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Burner should be 5-6 inches below keggle....what is the psi of your regulator? Do you have the black or green Acme nut on your regulator?

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...Temp was 212-214 and it would not get any higher...
What was the wind like? and does the burner have a shroud? Also water (wort) boils at 212, it will never get hotter than this unless it is under pressure.
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Burner should be 5-6 inches below keggle [...]
As measured to what point on the keggle?

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Burner should be 5-6 inches below keggle....what is the psi of your regulator? Do you have the black or green Acme nut on your regulator?
It's 30 psi. green nut. Burner sits ~4.5-5 inches below keggle.
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What was the wind like? and does the burner have a shroud? Also water (wort) boils at 212, it will never get hotter than this unless it is under pressure.
I wonder why it didn't "roll" then. There was minimal movement on the top of the wort. I could see particles swimming around but definitely no rolling action.
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I wonder why it didn't "roll" then. There was minimal movement on the top of the wort. I could see particles swimming around but definitely no rolling action.
Sorry should have been clear, it will never get hotter than 212 but the more heat you put in the more vigerous the boil (water is being changed into steam faster)
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