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Ran out of propane at 45 min into the boil
« on: March 22, 2015, 10:39:15 PM »
Crap.

I planned all week. I knew how much and what temp my hot liquor would have to be to hit each infusion for each rest step. I was really looking forward to this all week. I sprang outta bed Sat AM ready to brew!

I had to add a bit more hot liquor infusion than expected for the Beta and Alpha rest steps ...but OK. I can handle that. I really liked not worrying about dough balls because I mashed in below the gelatinization temp.

I adjusted my kettle volume with my batch sparge, exceeding my expected pre boil SG and started my boil with a smile. I did it!

Not so fast there bucko *poof* ...the rookie mistake. Out of propane with 15 min left in the boil. Crap. The brew gods insist I learn thru pain. Basic planning was eclipsed by the pie-in-the-sky math. A dollar's worth of propane stood between me and success.

Oh well. I decided to cool and rack to the fermenter. It's chugging away a few points below expected OG.

Live and learn. Laugh it off.

Crap. LOL
« Last Edit: March 23, 2015, 12:43:56 AM by BrewBama »
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Re: Ran out of propane at 45 min into the boil
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2015, 11:23:19 PM »
This is why I have two tanks.

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Re: Ran out of propane at 45 min into the boil
« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2015, 11:46:03 PM »
been there done that. luckily i have propane less than 5 minutes from my house. i do keep one tank on the gas grill, one for my beer, and one in reserve now.
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Re: Ran out of propane at 45 min into the boil
« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2015, 11:53:45 PM »
Yep, been there and then I acquired a second tank.  I'm sure it will be fine.
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Re: Ran out of propane at 45 min into the boil
« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2015, 12:42:59 AM »
I used to have two tanks but I have grown kids. My son needed it so now I am down to one. I could have run out for a fill about 7 miles but decided all things happen for a reason so decided to chill and rack instead. LOL
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Re: Ran out of propane at 45 min into the boil
« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2015, 12:55:28 AM »
I think you made the right call to let it be.

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Re: Ran out of propane at 45 min into the boil
« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2015, 02:09:23 AM »
Running out of gas is a right of passage...  In the brewing bingo game, that is a definate square!

45 minute boil... NP

Hope its the best beer ever...and we all can shave some time off!

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Re: Ran out of propane at 45 min into the boil
« Reply #7 on: March 23, 2015, 01:36:25 PM »
I agree the beer will still come out good. Silver lining: your son is definitely going to have to come over and help you drink that beer.

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Re: Ran out of propane at 45 min into the boil
« Reply #8 on: March 23, 2015, 02:56:01 PM »
Heh....I have 5 tanks.  Four 20s and a 30.  :)

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Re: Ran out of propane at 45 min into the boil
« Reply #9 on: March 23, 2015, 03:48:42 PM »
Just pull the one off the bbq until you get it refilled.  That's what I do.
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Re: Ran out of propane at 45 min into the boil
« Reply #10 on: March 23, 2015, 05:42:21 PM »
I have only one tank but as a private pilot my mind has been conditioned to keep fuel quantity/endurance in mind at all times lol...
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Re: Ran out of propane at 45 min into the boil
« Reply #11 on: March 23, 2015, 06:21:13 PM »
I went with three 20's and a 40.  I get them filled two at a time and can be assured of brewing and grilling at all times, but way back when I swapped out the grill tank on a pretty regular basis to salvage the brew day.  Hopefully your hop schedule worked all right.  I think for all but Pilsner malts you can get away with a shorter boil, if you use a first wort hop/hop stand or whirlpool hopping as the only additions.
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Re: Ran out of propane at 45 min into the boil
« Reply #12 on: March 23, 2015, 09:47:09 PM »
Happened to me once, luckily I have a burn ring in the back yard, fired up a wood fire and finished the boil!
I live in Michigan and thought of Strohs which was "Woodfired".

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Re: Ran out of propane at 45 min into the boil
« Reply #13 on: March 24, 2015, 01:34:50 AM »
Happened to me once, luckily I have a burn ring in the back yard, fired up a wood fire and finished the boil!
I live in Michigan and thought of Strohs which was "Woodfired".

Thats pretty cool. I wonder how much of a pain it is /what you would gain from a entire wood fired brew. Might get some interesting reactions in the kettle.
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Re: Ran out of propane at 45 min into the boil
« Reply #14 on: March 24, 2015, 01:41:41 AM »
I wouldn't sweat it...the more posts I read from this guy, the more I wonder if a lot of set in stone rules matter.

http://brulosophy.com/2015/03/11/the-impact-of-boil-length-ale-exbeeriment-results/