Can't get good rolling boil for 15G brew (on 2050)

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Can't get good rolling boil for 15G brew (on 2050)

Post by IIPABrewer » Mon Jun 18, 2012 4:45 pm

I recently upgraded my 1550 to a 2050 (new kettles and MT basket). Right around the same time I decided to replace my boil kettle's burner since it was putting out a huge amount of soot (why make the pretty new kettles black so soon). I believe I did use my old burner without issue (except it put out soot) that i'm about to describe.

I bought the latest burner and jet from B3 and after installing it immediately noticed it is much more quiet, the burner is slightly smaller (doesn't say "HOT" embossed on it) and most importantly doesn't heat as well. I used to be able to do a big rolling boil of 8-12 gallons of wort maintained with 3PSI of propane (12-15% evaporation per hour) but now I can only get mild surface movement during the boil (5-7% evaporation) even at 15PSI for 15+ gallons of wort. Anyone else experienced this? Are people getting big rolling boils on the 20+G sculptures? (Yes I do know that a small rolling boil is ok to brew with but its taking alot longer to heat and I like a larger boil for some of my beers.)

I've tried using my new and old jet with the new burner and no change so it seems to be the burner that's the problem. The venting is wide open so its getting enough air flow. Next thing to try is either to use my old burner again or get this one: Anyone used this on the B3 sculpture?
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Re: Can't get good rolling boil for 15G brew (on 2050)

Post by pclemon » Mon Jun 18, 2012 6:29 pm

Can't say that I've used that burner on a B3 sculpture but I use those burners in my system and are very pleased with them. They have NO issue getting 20+ gallons to a boil in short time. A burner though is also going to be somewhat limited by the regulator feeding it. I don't know what burners/regulators that the B3 has with them, but before replacing the burners I would take a hard look at the regulator feeding it.

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Re: Can't get good rolling boil for 15G brew (on 2050)

Post by turbo_ale » Tue Jun 19, 2012 4:36 pm

I have this 0-30 PSI propane regulator.
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Re: Can't get good rolling boil for 15G brew (on 2050)

Post by faariwasi » Tue Dec 23, 2014 9:56 am

Last weekend I brewed a Pliny the Elder with a starting gravity of 1.068. This weekend I'm looking at doing an American Barley Wine. I was thinking of just throwing the American Barley Wine right on the yeast cake.
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