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Patrick C.
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Username: Patrickc

Post Number: 902
Registered: 01-2001
Posted From: 99.170.160.145
Posted on Tuesday, July 14, 2009 - 01:46 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I've been meaning to do this for years, and finally remembered to weigh my tank before and after a batch- three pounds difference. I'm using a bathroom scale, so it could be closer to 4 since it's a little lacking in precision.

I have an electric HLT, so the propane is only used for the boil and for boiling ~2.5 gallons of water that I run through the CFC (one gallon of which becomes the 'mashout' infusion). I usually preheat the CFC cleaning/mashout water in the HLT, so I only have to take it from about 180 to boiling with the propane.

I need to brew a 10 gallon batch next and check it- it will probably be quite a bit more, since the HLT is only 3000W and I won't be able to preheat the CFC cleaning water as much due to the time it takes to heat the sparge water (unless I want to just let the mash sit longer).
 

Graham Cox
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Username: T2driver

Post Number: 2223
Registered: 11-2004
Posted From: 72.15.96.251
Posted on Tuesday, July 14, 2009 - 01:59 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I know not everybody has this luxury, but I'm going to tap into my home's natural gas lines so I don't have to worry about this (so long as I can pay my bill.) Valve on = blue flame, period.
 

Bob Wall
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Username: Brewdudebob

Post Number: 2698
Registered: 11-2004
Posted From: 24.248.74.254
Posted on Tuesday, July 14, 2009 - 02:15 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

not a bad idea. I do 10 gallon batches on a 3 tier sankey keg rig. I have an Ultra-Ship 55 digital scale, bought it when everyone else here was jumping on the bandwagon. This looks like a perfect job for it.
 

Patrick C.
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Username: Patrickc

Post Number: 903
Registered: 01-2001
Posted From: 70.43.202.222
Posted on Tuesday, July 14, 2009 - 04:42 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I had planned to tap into the natural gas line years ago, but never did it. We had a new AC and furnace installed this spring, so I probably could have gotten another line with a valve added on for free (or maybe for a few homebrews). Why didn't I think of that before?
 

Bill Pierce
Moderator
Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 10535
Registered: 01-2002
Posted From: 24.141.103.148
Posted on Tuesday, July 14, 2009 - 07:59 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I'm very glad the former owner of our house plumbed an NG line for an outdoor barbecue. Not that I couldn't have done it myself, but the gas meter is on the opposite corner of the house and it wouldn't have been cheap or easy. The line is only half-inch, so running even two burners at once results in somewhat reduced output, but the situation is a lot better than having to exchange propane cylinders. I haven't bothered converting our small (enough to be portable) barbecue grill to NG, however.

If you are designing a brewing area and using gas burners, I highly recommend plumbing an NG line.
 

robert rulmyr
Senior Member
Username: Wacobob

Post Number: 1011
Registered: 02-2003
Posted From: 24.155.102.121
Posted on Tuesday, July 14, 2009 - 08:39 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

NG here, it's great.
 

Denny Conn
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Username: Denny

Post Number: 7238
Registered: 01-2001
Posted From: 99.196.192.58
Posted on Thursday, July 16, 2009 - 04:11 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Graham, will you have to buy new burners or retool yours for NG?