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Old 03-22-2013, 07:03 AM   #1
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Default 1st AG brew propane question

So I'm getting ready for my first AG batch and I was going electric but due to time/budget constraints I'm going to go with the old turkey fryer/propane burner, its not a suped up burner just a regular everyday burner that I am borrowing...so how much propane should I factor in for a 5 gallon brew? Just trying to prepare so I don't run out in the middle of the brew

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I get a couple brews out of one 20# cylinder on my 10 gallon batchs in a keggle. But that's just for the boil.

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I use a 7.5 gallon turkey fryer pot/burner set up for 5 gallon batches. I just emptied a cylinder last weekend I had used for brewing only. The last batch had some extra use as it was all grain so also used burner for heating mash/sparge water. Checked my records, I got five (5) 60 minute boils out of the one standard cylinder. Am sure results vary from set up to set up.

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I use the fryer also, and 5 gallon batches. I got two extract and three biab batches out of a 20# tank. It feels light enough that I am not risking another go without a fill up.

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I use the Blichmann burner for 5 gallon batches (10g BK) and usually get 3-4 brew sessions from a tank. That also includes heating my mash water and 60-90 minute boils. I usually don't push it until the tank runs dry but I keep a second tank handy just in case.

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My 60,000 BTU burner does about 3 complete 11 gallon brews in a keg setup- including heating mash, sparge water and boil. However, the third time is cutting it really close. I brew outside and found that on a windy day, I use twice as much propane.

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great info thanks. i was thinking i would 2 tanks. i'll have one for sure and see if i can get a 2nd just in case but doesnt look like i'll need it. i only plan on doing 2-3 batches on propane in the next few weeks.

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great info thanks. i was thinking i would 2 tanks. i'll have one for sure and see if i can get a 2nd just in case but doesnt look like i'll need it. i only plan on doing 2-3 batches on propane in the next few weeks.
That's what I do. Two tanks. When one gets empty, I set it aside for refilling. The full one is good for 3, 4, maybe 5 5-gallon batches, so there isn't a big hurry. So if you have the space and don't mind having an extra few dollars tied up in propane, it's a convenient way to go.
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Just emptied my 20# tank tonight after 2 months and 8 batches at 60 min each. Using a sp10 burner and keeping the flame at a minimum to hit a rolling boil

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Yeah, like DogFace Brewing said, keep the flame at a minimum to hit your boil. You will get WAY less out of a tank if you just blast it. I have a banjo burner, and I burned through a 20# tank in two 5 gallon brews. It was stupid. Now that I have it dialed in, I can get 4+. Just be patient. Don't waste fuel if you don't have another tank handy.

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