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Old 10-14-2008, 09:23 PM   #1
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How many brews (5.5 - 6 gallon boils)have people gotten out of one 20lb. propane tank? I just started doing full boils and I don't want to run out of gas half way through a brew.

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Old 10-14-2008, 09:25 PM   #2
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I usually get 2 batches with some left over for the barbecue out of a 20lb tank. That includes heating sparge and strike water, as well as boiling for 60-75 minutes (never use pilsner malt).

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Old 10-14-2008, 10:21 PM   #3
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A second tank is always good....rather for the brew or the grill...Nothin worse than having to bring the steaks in and broil em.....

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Old 10-14-2008, 10:24 PM   #4
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A second tank is always good....rather for the brew or the grill...Nothin worse than having to bring the steaks in and broil em.....
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I ran out last brew day....about 1/2 way through boil.....at 11:30 at night. It's good to be able to fill your own...but a PITA still the same.
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Old 10-14-2008, 10:25 PM   #5
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I have gotten 3 several times. I have run out on the forth once, and had to borrow the neighbor's. I now have two tanks.

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Old 10-14-2008, 10:29 PM   #6
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ya but you can feel the gas in there ,, and in warm weather there will be a condinsation line out the out side of the tank after uses that alines with the inside gas level
a 20# tank weights about 20 lbs empty and holds about 20 lbs full so full it should be 40 lbs

or get a clear one Transparent propane tank - Boing Boing

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Old 10-15-2008, 03:58 AM   #7
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I get a few more than 3 (I'm not sure exactly how many), and it's for strike, sparge, and boil. Aluminum boil kettles (which my current kettle is) require less flame to keep the boil going, and I think that is what helps me. Some people boil with a huge flame, I keep it lower since I'm right on the verge of a boil-over most of the time.

+100 on getting a second tank and keeping it full. Nothing sucks like running out, whether it be grilling or boiling.

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I do full boild extract brews and I have gotten I think 7 out of my tank so far. The last time I was brewing it felt a little light but I have a back up if it runs out.

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I guess I come in somewhere around 3, but I use a tank for all propane applications until it runs out, then switch to one of the spares. If you don't have a spare, you are either rolling dice in the hopes you make it through, wasting money on ingredients that don't get boiled, or wasting money on filling a tank that isn't empty. It might be all three. That's no good.


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Old 10-15-2008, 04:11 PM   #10
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+1 on a spare tank. It sucks running out mid-boil. It also sucks filling 3/4 of a tank and paying for a whole tank. I picked up a reconditioned 20lb tank, filled, at the place i get my propane for like $25, well worth the investment in my opinion.

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