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Old 08-13-2011, 07:37 AM   #1
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Default Cost/ amount of gas?

I'm courious. As I'm looking through all these wicked awesome brew rigs I wonder how much gas they use. I know a lot are hard plumbed to the house NG or LP, but some use the little 20 pound LP tanks. On an average 3 vessel system, how much gas does it take to make one ten gallon batch?

I'm wondering if building a rig before getting a big tank (the wifey wants a gas cook top with the kitchen remodel) is putting the cart before the horse.


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Old 08-13-2011, 12:59 PM   #2
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I brew 5 gallon batches on a turkey fryer, and get at least 3 brews out of those gas-grill propane tanks. From what I've read, NG is the way to go.

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Old 08-13-2011, 01:06 PM   #3
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I can usually get at least 3 10 gallon batches from one little propane tank, but I also use it for cooking sometimes. NG would be nice but it'll have to wait for my next house.
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It depends on the burner, your equipment, position of burner, and much more.
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I generally use between 6-8 lbs of propane for a 15 gallon batch, depending on ambient temps and how long I boil. But also +1 what Maxkling said - YMMV.
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I get ~4-5 10G batches per 17 lb tank, (exchange). I cheat and use hot water from my tap, instead of cold, so it's already at ~140*F, which saves me a decent amount of LP.
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I get ~4-5 10G batches per 17 lb tank, (exchange). I cheat and use hot water from my tap, instead of cold, so it's already at ~140*F, which saves me a decent amount of LP.
Excuse my ignorance, but I was under the impression that hot tap water was bad for drinking, due to the water heater. I would love to do this.
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Well of course. But I seem to be getting a good average. I should be able to get multiple batches off of one little tank. What makes NG so much better? Sorry, I live out in the country and we have never had NG or LP for anything. Well, other than gas grills that is...
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Ive always used hot water, same with cooking.

New water heater though.
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Excuse my ignorance, but I was under the impression that hot tap water was bad for drinking, due to the water heater. I would love to do this.
Not really "bad". "Full of iron" would be a better statement, as those old water heaters tend to rust out. Mine is only a couple years old.

Really though, there is nothing "bad" in hot water, even from an old heater, (as long as you don't have lead pipes ). If it tastes good enough to drink, it's good enough to brew with, (or cook with). Mine, cooled off, tastes just fine, so I use it. Before I had a kid, I had the heater cranked up to about 148*F. Now that I have a babe, it's more like 138*F, but still plenty hotter than "cold".


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