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Old 03-26-2013, 06:41 PM   #1
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I used over 2 gallons of propane with my buyou classic BG10 burner (up to 150,000 btu) and a 10psi regulator to make a 6 gallon AG batch. Is that not a bit high?


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Old 03-26-2013, 06:46 PM   #2
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about right i can get 3 brew sessions out of a 5 gal tank


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Old 03-26-2013, 06:56 PM   #3
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That's what I was getting too. I'd usually run out of propane during the 3rd brew session. It got expensive.

I recently switched to NG. At least I won't have to worry about running out anymore, just blowing up my house.
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An option to save on propane is to build a heatstick. I now use the heatstick to have my HLT mashing water ready when I wake up (set on a timer) and to bring my wort up to a boil quickly. Saves quite a bit of propane.
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I have a Blichmann burner but haven't used it yet, im kinda curious how that goes thru the gas but im told its very minimal per brew session
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Since I got my banjo burner, I've been getting about 2 1/2 brews per 20# tank. For now that is my only option so I just got a second tank (so I don't have to "borrow" the BBQ tank) as back-up so I don't run out in the middle of brewing. I figure under $5 to heat strike water, heat sparge water and then boil the wort isn't too bad for now.
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That is insane! I must get a dozen 5 gallon batches from a single 20# tank. I've got an SQ-14 with a 20psi regulator (I think), and usually heat strike water on the stove, but still... I'd be upset if a tank only made it through a couple of batches. I also get my tanks refilled rather than swapped, so I might be starting off with more gas than other folks.
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I've been doing double five gallon batches (parti-gyle) and boiling them on two high power burners. I use just over 2.5-3.0 gallons of propane for one brew day. This means I have to top off my 5 gallon tank each time I brew to keep from running out at the worst time.
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An option to save on propane is to build a heatstick. I now use the heatstick to have my HLT mashing water ready when I wake up (set on a timer) and to bring my wort up to a boil quickly. Saves quite a bit of propane.
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http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f36/i-lo...-2-3-a-381737/

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/heat...wesome-142803/

Ton of DIY builds out there. I used the pvc / jb weld method to seal the heating element contacts.


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