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Old 02-03-2008, 05:18 AM   #1
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i plan on brewing tomarrow, and i have used my propane tank twice already, does it have enough in it for one more? my burner is a bayou classic with a 30psi regulator and i am brewing a 10 gallon batch in a keggle.

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Old 02-03-2008, 06:01 AM   #2
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Pick up the tank and shake it, you should be able to get a feel for how much liquid is left in there, if it's over half full, you're golden!

I get a lot more than three brews out of a five gallon tank, but I'm running a much more conservative burner.

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Old 02-03-2008, 06:46 AM   #3
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In the winter I am seeming to get about two batches per tank. But then I also use my tank to power a 40,000BTU burner to heat my garage when I'm working out there.
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Old 02-03-2008, 06:54 AM   #4
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If you have a basic household scale, you should be able to roughly determine the amount left. Look for T. W. # on the collar of the tank. The number after is the tare weight. Any amount you have over this is the amount you have left.
A 20 lb tank holds 80% of 20lbs = 16lbs.
So if TW is 15lbs and total weigh is 23lbs, you have about 1/2 a tank.

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Old 02-03-2008, 06:55 AM   #5
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i usually get 4-5 90 min boils from a 20lb tank. i use a 55k turkey fryer and heat strike and sparge water inside on the stove
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Old 02-03-2008, 11:12 AM   #6
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i usually get 4-5 90 min boils from a 20lb tank. i use a 55k turkey fryer and heat strike and sparge water inside on the stove
+1 I get 4 and change usually with 90min boils

I heat everything with the tank

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Old 02-03-2008, 11:27 AM   #7
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I get 4-5 brews out of a tank I think I have a 10lb whatever a bbq comes with.
I know it's easy to say but you might want to get a 2nd tank.
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Old 02-03-2008, 12:26 PM   #8
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1 got 8 brews (5 gallon) out of my 20 lb tank, mainly 90 minute boils. I have a good shield around my pot which helps bigtime.
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Old 02-03-2008, 01:54 PM   #9
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I get 4-5 w/a turkey fryer setup (55K burner)

I recommend getting a second tank just in case ...

also - get tanks refilled and save $$
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Old 02-03-2008, 02:09 PM   #10
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As suggested here, I picked up two free, empty, used tanks at my town recycling center (a.k.a. the dump).
I don't think they would really encourage that but I was discreet enough while grabbing them.

BTW, one weighed 38 lbs total once refilled, if this helps (bathroom scale).
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