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Old 11-22-2008, 02:48 PM   #1
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Default How Many Brewdays per tank of Propane?

I have read several threads about propane burners, btu's, aluminum vs. stainless, etc. I am interested in going all grain and plan to purchase a propane burner and a 10 gallon brewpot for 5 gallon batches of beer. My LHBS owner tells me that he gets two brew days out of one tank of propane. I am hoping for better.

Can anyone recommend an efficient burner/10 gallon brewpot combo? William's brewing recommends their "Hurricane" burner for its efficiency (at $89). I spoke with customer service at Bayou and they suggest their SP10 model ($49).

Is there much difference in the efficiency of brewpots? Does the guage matter? Is aluminum more efficient than SS?

I know that there are other issues involved in burners and pots but I am hoping to keep this spefic to efficiency.

I apologize if this is covered somewhere else but I have not been able to find a specific recommendation. Thanks in advance for any help!


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Old 11-22-2008, 03:10 PM   #2
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I'd recommend the bayou classic SQ14. I've had banjos and small turkey fryer burners, and this is a really efficient burner with some serious power up its sleeve....(if you ever need it).

You can buy the burner separate or in a stand. The stand fits a keg perfectly and is very stable. The full burner, stand, and reg are $49 at Amazon.


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Old 11-22-2008, 03:16 PM   #3
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I have the Bayou classic SQ24. Works great. I get more than two 5 gallon batches from one tank though. I'm on my third batch from one tank and all with 90 min. boils.
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Old 11-22-2008, 03:24 PM   #4
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To the OP, You might want to wait another week or two to purchase if you're going to be shopping at Home Depot or Lowes. After Turkey day they have some bargains!
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Old 11-22-2008, 03:24 PM   #5
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And this is a good reminder I need propane, I usually get 2 batches but I also use the same tank to grill about 3 times a week...
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Depends on the set up. I usually get about 4 or five batches out of my set up, but that is for five gallon batches. I usually heat the strike water in my RIMs system though and that made a huge difference. I have a home depot turkey frier burner and pot for my set up. It cost 25$ complete. I will say that I have used both stainless and aluminum for a boil pot, and I prefer the aluminum. It does heat nicer. S.
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If you live in colder climates try putting your tank in a bucket of warm water when it starts to get low. It will help to get all the propane out of the tank.
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Old 11-23-2008, 02:46 AM   #8
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I have the Bayou classic SQ24. Works great. I get more than two 5 gallon batches from one tank though. I'm on my third batch from one tank and all with 90 min. boils.
Which burner is that? It doesn't look like Bayou Classic sells it on their site.
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I use the SQ14 and can get almost 4 brew days with one tank. This includes heating strike water and 90 minute boils. I always have an extra tank ready but I can usually get through half the boil on the 4th day before I need to swap it out.
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Old 11-23-2008, 05:28 AM   #10
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Probably four but I like to refill after three just in case. Using pre-heated water from the sink for mash water helps out.


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