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Old 08-01-2012, 03:52 PM   #11
Nov 2010
Douglas, MA
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Originally Posted by helibrewer View Post
Burner should be 5-6 inches below keggle....what is the psi of your regulator? Do you have the black or green Acme nut on your regulator?
I know that the 4 - 6 inch distance is how they are shipped but I strongly feel that the distance is too large and it greatly hinders the efficiency of the burner. I would direct the OP to this thread that discusses influence of this large distance on the burner's efficiency. For a $20 bill I had my burner modified so that the distance between the burner and kettle is around an inch. The difference is night and day in terms of burner efficiency and propane use.

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Old 02-18-2013, 02:58 PM   #12
Jun 2011
Chicago, IL
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I had this exact same problem yesterday. A brand new bayou burner and a brand new propane tank with a 15 gal keggle. Ive used this keggle on a different burner and it was boiling waaaay too hard. Last night I thought the flame looked ok getting my steeping temp 152 deg. It held this perfectly too........then i tried kicking it up to the boil and it took FOREVER. I'm talking 80 mins to get to 212 and i was never able to get a rolling boil. I looked up the bayou and it may have been the regulator feature that causes it to reduce output by 90% if you dont follow the instruction of SLOWLY opening up the regulator. I tried to relite using their instructions and still the flame didn't get any bigger. The flame wasn't tiny by any means so I'm not sure if that was even the issue. I know it didn't help that it was 21 F outside, but I didn't think this would matter too much with this burner.

I used beersmith and calculated I needed to start with 9 gallons to end up with 5 gallon after grain absorption (partial mash) and post boil........but I ended up with a lot more wort than anticipated due to not much of a boil. I now have 2 carboys instead of 1. I'm guessing its just gonna be like a light version of my original recipe, although I only had 1 vial of it was a bitch of a brew day.

Anyway, after all that did the OP ever get the problem fixed and how?

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Old 02-21-2013, 11:54 AM   #13
Dec 2011
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Hey. It turns out i just wasn't using the regulator properly. I wasn't opening it up more after the original lighting of the flame and adjusting the air intake. I have been getting great boils now. Sometimes i get propane freeze near the end of the tank, which greatly reduces the flame intensity. It sounds like you know what your doing, so this probably isn't much help. It could be that it just too cold and those keggles probably aren't the best insulators. May want to try insulating the keggle before modding the burner.

If you have a lid (wifes skillet cover), you can (briefly) cover the keggle during the boil and the roll will come back.

For what its worth, the beer from the original post turned out to be fine without ever rolling.

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