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Old 12-12-2012, 03:41 PM   #41
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5 gallon batches, boiling 7 gallons. I only heat it enough to get a good rolling boil
IMO/IME, you should easily get 4 batches per tank that way (with the Blichmann). Especially if you're not fighting wind and such. I'm moving my rig into the basement (will have proper ventilation) so I'll no longer need to worry about losing light, wind, snow, rain, heat, bugs, etc... Plus, since I ferment in the basement, it will make things that much easier.
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Old 12-12-2012, 07:05 PM   #42
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I'm looking at the blichmann floor burner and people are saying to go for the leg extensions. Worth it?

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Old 12-12-2012, 07:16 PM   #43
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I'm looking at the blichmann floor burner and people are saying to go for the leg extensions. Worth it?
I got them for one of mine. They're not 'extensions' but replacements that are longer (about 2' I believe). IF you want to gravity feed into fermenter, or have the ball valve higher off the ground than you can get otherwise, then they are very much worth it. I use that burner for my mash tun and boil keggle. Means I can gravity feed the mash into the BK without issue. I use gravity for the sparge water, but that burner is on a table, sitting on blocks.
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Old 12-12-2012, 07:44 PM   #44
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Ok good to know. I probably won't need them because I just dump the wort into the fermenter (kettle has no valve)

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Old 12-13-2012, 01:49 AM   #45
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I have the KAB4 and had to modify two be able pull from 2 tanks. The 30 PSI regulator is actually too much for a 20lb propane tank. Using 2 tanks I now can brew without the tanks freezing up. I have a friend who has a blichman and loves it.

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My SP-10 is MORE than enough for my, I 12g pot. I do 5g batches.

I have to literally run it on the lowest end of the valve, almost closing it off once I reach a boil, or I will end up boiling over. At the lowest, I keep a vicious raging boil. Anything more, I'd have trouble.

Gas consumption is great. I get roughly... 4 brews off a regular tank of propane. Maybe more I think.. I have a couple of tanks and I never grab the same one I know..

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I use two tanks as well. That way I can have my mash tun burner connected to one and the HLT burner on another. Then, I can start the sparge water heating before I start the mash heating up to sparge temps. I often get them mixed up too, since the levels are damned close most of the time.

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I use two tanks as well. That way I can have my mash tun burner connected to one and the HLT burner on another. Then, I can start the sparge water heating before I start the mash heating up to sparge temps. I often get them mixed up too, since the levels are damned close most of the time.
I did that a few times, until I realized I can heat 5 gallons of sparge water from room temp to 185* in under 20 minutes, and I have to watch it, as I'll boil it if I don't pay attention.

I'll go out and stir the mash 15 or 20 minutes out from being done, and I'll fire up the sparge water. It's generally heated enough that I will put it in the HLT and be done. Saves dragging the other burner out!
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I did that a few times, until I realized I can heat 5 gallons of sparge water from room temp to 185* in under 20 minutes, and I have to watch it, as I'll boil it if I don't pay attention.

I'll go out and stir the mash 15 or 20 minutes out from being done, and I'll fire up the sparge water. It's generally heated enough that I will put it in the HLT and be done. Saves dragging the other burner out!
Well, since I'm not living just north of HELL (FL) my water doesn't come out of the tap at 85F (or above). I've not made a 5 gallon batch in I don't know how long. Over a year at least. So, I'm dealing with more liquid volumes here. Besides, I'd rather not have to swap the tanks between burners. Easy enough to have them connected up.

I really do like the composite/semi-clear tank I picked up. Holds 27# of propane and is lighter than a 20# steel tank (when both are full). Waiting for them to be available again so I can order another. That way, when my tanks are out of date, and the places won't fill them (not always the same time frames), I'll be all set still. Being able to SEE the level inside takes all the guesswork out of figuring out how much propane you have left, and how much you're using.
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I really do like the composite/semi-clear tank I picked up. Holds 27# of propane and is lighter than a 20# steel tank (when both are full). Waiting for them to be available again so I can order another. That way, when my tanks are out of date, and the places won't fill them (not always the same time frames), I'll be all set still. Being able to SEE the level inside takes all the guesswork out of figuring out how much propane you have left, and how much you're using.
Never even heard of these before now. Looks like you can still find them somewhere i found them for just shy of $100 here. Its a shame that it isnt so easy to find places that re-fill them nowadays.
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