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Old 11-18-2012, 05:04 PM   #1
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I just completed a 10-gallon all-grain batch. I have a turkey fryer burner purchased at costco a few years back. It looks like a banjo burner. It took 1.5 hours to get to a mediocre boil. Based on my recipe I needed to boil off about 1.5 gallons during the boil which took 90 minutes. All told I lost at least 1 hour to waiting for my beer boil. Not to mention my angry foot-tapping wife who I told I would be done at 6pm and I rolled in the house at 8:30. The extra hours caused me to drink more beer which caused me to make sarcastic comments to her questionings like "what's taking so long"? While asserting I don't know what I am doing and I should complete one of the 97 household projects she has dreamed up watching HGTV instead of making stupid beer (her words). I may block that channel with parental controls until I can renovate a whole house in a 30 minute episode like they do. Too save my marriage: Which burner is best? I don't care too much about how much propane it burns. Please save my marriage.

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Old 11-18-2012, 05:12 PM   #2
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IMO/IME, the Blichmann burner simply kicks ass. I have two (one on the longer legs) and can't see using anything else (until I get a brew stand)... IMO, worth every penny.

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Old 11-18-2012, 06:13 PM   #3
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I also have a top tier and 2
Of there burners. Cut over an hour off of AG brewday

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Old 11-18-2012, 08:53 PM   #4
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You have something like this: http://bayouclassicdepot.com/kab4_banjo_burner.htm and it takes you over an hour to get to a boil? That's what's known as a banjo burner. I have three of these burners on my rig. Maybe 25 min to get 12 gal of water to a full boil from 45 degree's.

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Old 11-18-2012, 08:56 PM   #5
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You have something like this: http://bayouclassicdepot.com/kab4_banjo_burner.htm and it takes you over an hour to get to a boil? That's what's known as a banjo burner. I have three of these burners on my rig. Maybe 25 min to get 12 gal of water to a full boil from 45 degree's.
My guess is he has a 4" banjo, not a 10" like the KAB4... which is what I use. With it, I can get 13 gallons rolling in about 25 mins, 7 gallons takes about 12 minutes. Cheers!
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Old 11-18-2012, 09:30 PM   #6
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My guess is he has a 4" banjo, not a 10" like the KAB4... which is what I use. With it, I can get 13 gallons rolling in about 25 mins, 7 gallons takes about 12 minutes. Cheers!
I would agree to that (don't know the sizes though) from OP's comment that it is "like" a banjo not that it is one.
OP don't know if I am picking up the sarcasim right, but I hope I am, but was there any need to stand around waiting for it to boil (maybe that was you issue all along - a watched pot never boils!).
Usually I can get one job done around the house during brewing (small stuff like tidying the garage or something), but this sounds like your first 10G brew with the burner so you should have just started cursing the damn burner when she asked whats taking so long - if you are more impatient at the burner than she is at you then she will realise you are not having "fun" sitting outside waiting for a pot to boil
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Start the burner while you drain your mash.

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Start the burner while you drain your mash.
yeah, this is a big one. I have friends that continue to amaze me when I suggest that and they say "Didn't think of that!" This seems like a no brainer to me.
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Make sure SWMBO is out of the house on the next brewday!

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Old 11-19-2012, 12:18 AM   #10
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I'm by no means a Blichmann fanboy but that burner stomps any other burner I've used. It's insanely efficient. I have one with the leg extensions and plan to get 2 more for a major system upgrade I'll be doing soon.

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