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Old 04-06-2009, 03:49 AM   #1
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Hey guys. I was just wondering if anyone kept track of how many all grain brews they get from a tank of propane. I realize it will vary depending on your setup and but I simply use a 190K BTU turkey setup. Just wondering for cost analysis for my future setup. Trying to decide if I should stick with propane, plumb into my houses natural gas or use electric. Thanks!

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Old 04-06-2009, 03:52 AM   #2
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I've gotten a few but need some serious adjusting on my burner. Scroll to the bottom of this page for threads with more/better answers.
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Old 04-06-2009, 04:38 AM   #3
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I bet I could easily get three. So far I've got two and then it feels really low and i fill it up to make damn sure i dont run out mid-boil. Last time I got two 120 minute boils (counting the 30 minutes or so to boil water for mash and sparge and then 90 minute boils) and had about 1/3rd left of the tank.

I would plumb into the house if i could. I know my burner really seems to use ALOT of propane.

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Old 04-06-2009, 04:51 AM   #4
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I've gotten 6 on my current tank, 3 partial boils, 2 full 5-gallon 60 minute boils, and 1 5 gallon 90-minute boil.

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Old 04-06-2009, 01:22 PM   #5
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I get 2-3 on 90 min boils. I just refilled my tank before my most recent brew and decided to keep track of the weight. Canister says tare weight is 17 lb, I started with 34 lb, and after the brew had 29 lb. So that's consistent with my results.

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Old 04-06-2009, 01:27 PM   #6
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Old 04-06-2009, 02:58 PM   #7
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Old 04-06-2009, 06:55 PM   #8
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I have 5 full boils with about 2 lbs left. These are my first 5 full boils, so I don't have a lot of experience. They were good rolling boils, though.

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Old 04-06-2009, 07:34 PM   #9
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4.5ish 5-gallon batches with 60 minute boils.

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Old 04-06-2009, 07:52 PM   #10
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I use about one gallon of LP per brew. Right now I can get my 40# tank filled for $2.89 a gallon and brew nine times. Those exchanges are ripoffs.
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