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Old 03-24-2013, 04:33 PM   #11
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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.
I have dialed in my burner where I can hit exactly boing point and keep it at the same temp +/- 1 degree for the whole 60. Took some time but worth it for the propane savings. Now it doesn't sound like a jet engine sitting idle for an hour every time i brew...neighbors appreciate it. I keep a back up tank plus I have 2 tanks for my gas grill so no matter what I have propane somewhere around if I even run out.
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Old 03-24-2013, 05:09 PM   #12
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How long would it take to boil, say, 6.5 gallons of wort at minimum flame/BTU? I am a patient guy so I don't care if it takes over 30 minutes to boil. Not interested in fast, only GOOD!

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Old 03-24-2013, 07:18 PM   #13
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That's where I start getting impatient, but it probably takes around a half hour give or take with that volume, then once you get the boil going I try to really dial it in so I'm not lighting money on fire.

Just as a reference point, it's typically around 20-30° here in Michigan when I brew. So I'm fighting the ambient temp the whole way, but we do manage to get the garage pretty comfortable running two 200,000btu burners. I'm interested to see how our boil times change in the summer.

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Old 03-25-2013, 12:52 AM   #14
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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.
Love my Blichmann burner. Works much more efficiently than my cheap turkey fryer burner, more heat with less propane.
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Old 03-25-2013, 03:28 AM   #15
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How long would it take to boil, say, 6.5 gallons of wort at minimum flame/BTU? I am a patient guy so I don't care if it takes over 30 minutes to boil. Not interested in fast, only GOOD!
Flame on full till boil them dial back to exact boil.
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