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Old 01-26-2013, 01:10 AM   #1
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I currently have a 20 lb propane tank and I have used it for my first 5 all grain batches. I was told I would get 4 to 5 batches worth out of a tank.

I'm worried I'll run out of propane in the middle of the brew day at a potentially important time, having to interrupt what I'm doing to get it refilled. Would you guys play it safe and just get it refilled before my next brew day? Also, they just exchange your tanks right?

Any info is helpful, I'd like to brew on Sunday!

 
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Old 01-26-2013, 01:12 AM   #2
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I currently have a 20 lb propane tank and I have used it for my first 5 all grain batches. I was told I would get 4 to 5 batches worth out of a tank.

I'm worried I'll run out of propane in the middle of the brew day at a potentially important time, having to interrupt what I'm doing to get it refilled. Would you guys play it safe and just get it refilled before my next brew day? Also, they just exchange your tanks right?

Any info is helpful, I'd like to brew on Sunday!
It's way cheaper to have it refilled instead of exchange. A lot depends on your burner, how hot you boil, etc. but I also get about 5. Any chance you could borrow one from a neighbor for brew day as a backup? Costco has refills by me for $9.99. Beats the heck out of a $24 exchange.
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Old 01-26-2013, 01:13 AM   #3
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ever heard of having two or even three propane tanks? Don't you have a gas grill?
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Old 01-26-2013, 01:18 AM   #4
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Hahahah not only do I have no gas grill, I have no grill at all. I live in an apartment complex with a backyard of rocks that barely fits my whole setup. Some of us just work with what we've got

 
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Old 01-26-2013, 01:21 AM   #5
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Keeping an extra tank on hand is really the best solution

 
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Old 01-26-2013, 01:22 AM   #6
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Hahahah not only do I have no gas grill, I have no grill at all. I live in an apartment complex with a backyard of rocks that barely fits my whole setup. Some of us just work with what we've got
I've found them on Craigslist for $15-20. It sure is nice to have a backup.
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Old 01-26-2013, 10:20 PM   #7
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keep in mind that exchanged tanks only have 15 pounds of gas.

In all honesty your wasting money on propane if you don't run at least two tanks. You'll never be able to completely drain a propane tank if you don't have an extra to finish out the brew session. I even go as far as giving a seemly empty tank a swirl to milk an extra ten to fifteen minutes of boil out of it.

 
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Old 01-26-2013, 10:32 PM   #8
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keep in mind that exchanged tanks only have 15 pounds of gas.
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Old 01-26-2013, 10:37 PM   #9
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I'm not a source, but he's right

 
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Old 01-26-2013, 10:40 PM   #10
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get a propane tank gauge. Then you always know how much is in the tank.
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