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Old 07-06-2011, 06:23 AM   #11
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I'm lucky to get 2 brews with a blue rhino. I have the round Bayou. After adding the 1st and 2nd runnings, the wort is about 140 degrees. Seems to take forever to get to boiling, probably 15 minutes or so then add in the 60 minute boil. I think I'll try to put up a wind break like suggested by barrooze and see if that helps.



 
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Old 07-06-2011, 01:16 PM   #12
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I brewed with friends for a few years doing 10 gallon batches on an SQ-14 and we were getting about two batches per 15 lb tank, same as the OP.

I recently started brewing by myself at my house and am using a KAB-6. I'm getting my tanks filled at a hardware store for $16.99 for 20 lbs, but I'm flying through gas, using maybe 3/4 of a tank per batch!

I am going to get SQ-14s for my MLT and HLT and save the KAB-6 for the BK.

Honestly, I don't even think the KAB-6 is bringing it to boil much faster, though I can really get it rolling once it does. I just did my third batch with this setup and I'm working on trotting it down.



 
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Old 07-06-2011, 01:39 PM   #13
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I've just started weighing my tank before and after brewing, and using my Bayou Classic SP10, I seem to burn about 1# of propane every 30 minutes.
A typical brewday has me burning about 3# of propane (15 min to mash in, 10 to mash out, 10 to boil, 60 min boil) for 5 gallon batches.

 
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Old 07-06-2011, 02:03 PM   #14
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Where are you people getting 15# tanks?

I use between 7 and 8 pounds of propane per 11g batch. Heating all my water and a 60 minute boil.

 
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Old 07-06-2011, 02:08 PM   #15
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Where are you people getting 15# tanks?
Blue Rhino, Amerigas and the other tank swap places put 15 lbs in a 20 lb tank. Around me they're $20 to $23 for a swap. I have a hardware store that's only charging $16.99 for a real 20 lb fill. Unless you have no alternative, tank swap is a rip off.

 
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Old 07-06-2011, 03:33 PM   #16
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I only do refills because the tank swap is a rip off. If I had to do a tank swap, I'd buy two tanks, run the first one until it's 100% empty, then go swap it.

That having been said, I run two tanks anyways - after carrying my full, hot 15 gallon kettle from the garage into the kitchen to straddle a couple burners and still only barely (and I mean barely) get a boil going when I ran out of propane, I realized that having a backup tank full of propane was probably a really good idea.
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Old 07-06-2011, 04:34 PM   #17
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Good to know guys. I am a charcoal guy so I don't know much about propane since I just got the burner. I need to have a second tank though or I could be sending it back with 4 pounds gas in it. Then you are really taking it in the butt.

 
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Old 07-06-2011, 05:20 PM   #18
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Yeah I have heard, and experienced, that the Blue Rhino tanks are not always as full as they should be. They tend to be lighter after the exchange then after I get them filled at the local hardware store.
this! i had that issue
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Old 07-06-2011, 05:21 PM   #19
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Two tanks is pretty mandatory in my mind. I wouldn't even start a brew without knowing one was full.

 
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Old 07-06-2011, 05:27 PM   #20
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this! i had that issue
It's not an issue. They only put 15 lbs in there! It's a rip off, but it's not an "issue".

http://www.bluerhino.com/BRWEB/Help/...ts-tanks-.aspx



 
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