Using natural gas from home supply

Homebrew Talk - Beer, Wine, Mead, & Cider Brewing Discussion Forum

Help Support Homebrew Talk:

IronCity

Member
Joined
Nov 2, 2006
Messages
6
Reaction score
0
Location
Pittsburgh, PA
I was thinking of setting up a semi-permanent place to brew in my workshop in the basement. There is a natural gas line that used to be used for a dryer that is now just plugged. I was wondering if anyone here has set up a burner off of there home natural gas line and if so what hardware they used. Thanks!
 

God Emporer BillyBrew

Well-Known Member
Joined
Sep 26, 2005
Messages
1,508
Reaction score
17
Location
Melnibone
I consider myself pretty handy around the house, but I would probably just call a plumber. It's not like it's rocket science, but the price of a mistake would be...explosive. I think you have to use some specialized equipment anyway.
 

Brewer3401

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jun 11, 2004
Messages
1,160
Reaction score
6
Location
Southeast Louisiana
I've used only natural gas for the last 3 years. I brew and do seafood boils with no problems.
I started with the 10 jet NG from Northern Brewer (use that one for shrimp boils and turkey frys only)
Moved up to 23 jet for brewing.
Key point: make sure you have full 1/2" id running to the burner. Makes a huge difference (compared to when I used 3/8" hose)
 

Geologist

Active Member
Joined
Feb 8, 2007
Messages
34
Reaction score
0
Location
Tokyo
Getting a tank of propane in central Tokyo is nearly impossible. Most homes have natural gas for the water heater and cooking. I called the gas company and they came out and installed a gas outlet for me (cost: $150 for the installation). The maximum size available is 3/8" so I can't use a very big burner, but it's better than the stove top in the kitchen. When I went to buy a burner they only had propane compatibles in stock so it took a week to order the burner with the correct fittings for natural gas. Got a nice 15' hose to run the gas line outside where I do my boils and it works great for 5 to 10 gallon batches.
 

dibby33

Well-Known Member
Joined
Nov 9, 2006
Messages
2,130
Reaction score
15
Location
Hobart, Tasmania
I would imagine legally you would have to get a gas fitter in. Would be worth it! KKAAAAAA BOOOOOOOOOMMMMM
 
Top