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Old 04-06-2011, 02:04 PM   #1
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How many brews are you all able to get out of one propane tank. I'm doing just 2 right now because I'm afraid I'll run out mid boil. I have a powerful burner with 20 psi regulator but it's usually clamped down pretty good and the boil is pretty vigorous. I use 17 lb blue rhino tank, can I get more than 2 brews per tank?

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Old 04-06-2011, 02:27 PM   #2
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I get 3-4 I think. Get a second tank.

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Old 04-06-2011, 02:27 PM   #3
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We have gotten 3 before out of a tank. It depends on how efficient it is though. We fill with HOT tap water so it doesnt have as far to fill up. However once summer rolls around we'll be back to the hose to fill up as the temp outside will help us out.

You should be able to get almost 3 no matter what, just make sure you are being efficient with it. Just go grab another tank from Lowes so you have a back up. We make sure to always have a second full one on hand.

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Old 04-06-2011, 02:29 PM   #4
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I get 5-6 but I heat my mash/sparge water on my gas stove. My wife will divorce me if I boil wort in the house. It isn't worth it.

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Old 04-06-2011, 02:42 PM   #5
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As far as I know - you do not need a vigorous boil; a rolling boil is what you should aim fore. An agressive boil boils off more volume. If that is what you're after, then it should be done.

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Old 04-06-2011, 02:51 PM   #6
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I get 4-5 out of a 20 lb. tank. However, there are variables. Obviously a given recipe can affect this, depending on the length of the boil. A lot of 90 minute boils will up consumption, etc. I don't go for some humongous rolling boil; I achieve a nice bubbling boil and let it go at that (and my beer is fine, thank you). Also, I heat about half of my strike water inside on the cooktop to 170F, thus using far cheaper propane, which significantly shortens the amount of time it takes my turkey fryer burner (Bayou Classic SQ14) to bring the 5 gal. strike water to the correct temperature. I preheat my MLT, but this water is also heated indoors on the cooktop.

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I've gotten far more brews since I realized that I don't need to regulator full open with a crazy boil. I crank it up to get the boil going, and then dial it down. Its amazing how far I can dial it down and still maintain a good rolling boil. I used to get only 2, maybe three brews out of one tank, but now I get a couple more I think (I use the same set of tanks for my grill, so its hard to gauge exactly how many brews one tank gets me).

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I'm on my 6'th batch from one 20lb tank. It feels like there is about 1/4 tank left. It's a Blichmann burner if that makes a difference...

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Cool, good info... I hear you on the rolling boil versus regular boil, however my burner basically has 2 settings... Hi and Off... Freaking jet engine. I do the same technique in heating my tap water up first. I guess I'll just bite the bullet and get 2 tanks. I'm sure it will pay itself back.

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I get 5-6 but I heat my mash/sparge water on my gas stove. My wife will divorce me if I boil wort in the house. It isn't worth it.
its cheaper to keep her
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