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Propane Tips – Refill vs Swaps and Extra Tanks

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Pictured: Worthington 303955 20-Pound Steel Propane Cylinder With Type 1 With Overflow Prevention Device Valve via Amazon

Refill vs swap.  The capacity of the standard 20 lb propane tank is, well.. around 20 lbs.  Several years ago, some swap services started to underfill tanks.  For example, it’s my understanding that Blue Rhino fills to 15 lbs and Heritage Propane fills to 17 lbs.

For me, refilling a tank to 20 lbs is actually less expensive than swapping it out. For the purpose of comparison, let’s say that refilling and swapping are the same… $20 to swap and $20 to refill.  The fill costs you $1/lb.  If you’re refilling with a vendor that fills to 15 lbs, you’re paying $1.33/;b or 33% more.

When you refill your tank – You’re, generally, saving money,  You’re supporting a local business and saving yourself time because you don’t have to get propane as often.

Extra tanks.  I suggest having an extra tank (or two) of propane on hand.  Running out of propane mid brew is a bummer.  It is inconvenient and you can end up with a different beer than you intended because of the delay.  This can also be a money saving thing too if you refiller charges by the tank.  Since you don’t want to run out of propane on brew day, you may be more likely to swap or refill a tank that still have propane left in it.

Worthington 303955 20-Pound Steel Propane Cylinder With Type 1 With Overflow Prevention Device Valve

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100 Hop or Grain Bags

Hops Boiling Bags 100 Pack 28" (Beer Brewing Bags)

100 Pack 5″ by 28″ Bags for boiling hops or steeping grains.  Grain capacity is 3 to 5 lbs.

Hops Boiling Bags 100 Pack 28″ (Beer Brewing Bags)

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12 Stainless Portion Cups – for Hops and Boil Additions & More

Individual Condiment Sauce Cups- One Dozen - 21/2 Oz. Ounce by Update International

(12) Stainless Steel Portion Cups by Update International,  I keep similar stainless steel portion cups in my Brew Day Box,

You can use these to portion out hopcln_img_5420-225x300 additions and other boil additions and for pH and gravity sample containers.  These are a great size and don’t take a lot of room since they nest together.  Check out my Hands on Review

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Individual Condiment Sauce Cups- One Dozen – 2 1/2 Oz. Ounce by Update International

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King Kooker Stainless 30 Quart Kettle and Propane Burner

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30 Quart Stainless Kettle and Propane Burner Combo by King Kooker.  Comes with a 12″ welded propane cooker with a 38,000 BTU cast burner.  30 Quart (= 7.5 Gallons) Stainless Steel Kettle.  LP hose and regulator.  You also get a lid, a turkey rack and lifting hook and a deep fry thermometer.

Note that this appears to feature a battery operated timer.

King Kooker SS1267 Stainless Steel 30-Quart Turkey Frying Propane Outdoor Cooker Package with Battery Operated Time

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Propane Tank Gauge Scale – $14.99 Shipped at Rakuten

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Propane Tank Gauge Scale to give you an approximation of how much propane you have left.  Rakuten has this for $14.99 with free shipping.  Check the product page for up to the minute price and availability.

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Taylor 4 Event Whiteboard Timer – Time Hop and Boil Additions

Taylor 4 Event Kitchen Timer with Whiteboard, Large

4 Event Whiteboard Timer by Taylor Precision Products.  0.75″ digits in a 0.8″ readout.  Time up to 4 events simultaneously.  Each event can time either up or down..  Built in clock.  Unique tones for each event.  Includes 4.5″ by 3.5″ whiteboard.  Uses 2 AAA Batteries, which are included.

Use to time hop and other boil additions on brew day and more.  The whiteboard lets you document each addition.

Taylor 4 Event Kitchen Timer with Whiteboard, Large

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Camp Chef SH-140L High Pressure Single Burner [24″ Height]

Camp Chef SH-140L High Pressure Single Burner Cooker with Detachable legs and Clover Leaf Surface, Black

SH-140L by Camp-Chef.  60,000 total BTU/hr, commercial quality cast burner.  24″ cooking height.

Prior to moving to a Blichmann TopTier I owned and used this exact burner.  I really liked it.  One big advantage, that this burner has is that the included leg extensions make it tall enough to drain directly into most fermenters.

Camp Chef SH-140L High Pressure Single Burner Cooker with Detachable legs and Clover Leaf Surface, Black

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