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Old 10-24-2012, 03:27 PM   #1
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I know there's no precise answer, but to those of you who brew 5 gal batches (6 gals of water) how's my brews does a typical propane tank last?

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Old 10-24-2012, 03:35 PM   #2
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With my turkey fryer I can usually get about 4 full brews out of a full propane tank. I keep a second tank full in the garage just in case it runs out though...

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I try to get the most out of my propane tanks. To do this I do several things. First, I heat strike and sparge water inside on the stovetop. This takes longer, but it significantly increases the life of a tank. After that I make sure I have a nice boil going, it doesn't have to bubbling out of control but it does have to be rolling.

I know that doesn't really answer your question but it really depends on several factors including what burner you have and how you use it.

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i believe that i got 4 or 5 batches off my last tank. i only boil with propane, strike water is heated on the stove & electric tea kettle.

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I get 4-5 batches from a tank using a turkey fryer on my HLT starting from cold tap water, and an SP10 for my boil kettle.

BTW get your propane tanks filled instead of using one of the exchange places at gas stations. Those are filled to 15# at a fill station you should get 20# for fewer $$

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I get 4-5 batches from a tank using a turkey fryer on my HLT starting from cold tap water, and an SP10 for my boil kettle.

BTW get your propane tanks filled instead of using one of the exchange places at gas stations. Those are filled to 15# at a fill station you should get 20# for fewer $$
Where do you go to get yours filled? I've only done the gas station.
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Where do you go to get yours filled? I've only done the gas station.
I have a building supply store down the street that has a filling station. I think the exchange near me is $24 the fill was $16 (I think, a couple of months ago)
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I just got a 10 gallon tank and I'll make sure that the 5 gallon tank on the BBQ is full for a spare.
I get tanks filled at the gas station also. That's where I've always done it. No matter where you there is probably a gas station that fills propane tanks.

What kh54s10 was talking about is the service where you do the tank exchange rather than filling your own tank. They own all the tanks so they can have them smaller, without being so much smaller that they look smaller.
To me, if I had an exchange service near me one problem that I would have with it is that you have to run the tank dry or you are giving them free gas to re sell. I don't want to have to run it dry. I want to make sure that I have plenty in the tank before I brew or cook. If there is some gas in the tank and I'm not sure if it's enough to brew, I don't want to exchange a tank with $3 - $5 worth of gas in it. I just get mine filled if it's over half gone and I'm thinking about it in advance.

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I must be doing good. My tank has a gauge, but it is worthless. I fill it once it's down in the red, four or five batches, depending on the number of 60 vs. 90 minute boils, but the guy that fills it always comments that it is still about 1/3 full. I use it for heating strike and sparge and the boil, but I also use a heat stick when heating the strike and sparge water to assist the propane. It seems to help quite a bit.

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I get 7 boils out of one tank. To do this I usually only do the final boil on the stove top. The mash water and sparge water get heated on the stove. When I boil, I open up the valve to full blast until It really starts moving, then I dial it back as low as I can go. It also helps that I built a sheild to sit around my turkey fryer burner. This helps alot on cold and windy brew days.

Also, weigh your tank after it is filled. I caught a fill station shorting me a 1/3 of a tank. The tare weight should be stamped right on the top ring.

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