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Post time 2022-10-23 17:18:43 | Show all posts |Read mode
Due to the ever increasing cost of energy here I am on the brink of changing over to a gas boiler and new kettle and I am after hearing the experiences of all you Gas users out there.
Is it economical?  How long can I expect 15kg of gas (Butane) to last?  Yes I know it's almost to gauge it accurately as it depends on how high you turn it up and for how long it's on but realistically what is the ball-park?  Forty 60 minute boils?  More? Less?  I have no experience of what it takes so I would welcome ideas based on your experience.
My current system is base on two boilers.  One (20lt @2kW) I put on at the start of the brew day to get hot water to clean and sterilise equipment.  The other (25lt @ 3kW) I put on to heat the strike water, Sparge water while the mash is under way and then the 60 (or, occasionally, 90 minute) boil.  So all told I could use about  6 to 8 kW/Hrs about £4 - £5 per brew day.
A 15kg refill of Butane costs around £50 here.
My financial adviser (Mrs H!) has given the green light on buying the new kit - approx £300 if I can wangle in the new extra bits of pipework, clamps etc and the kettle and burner but running costs are the big talking point.   I have to cut back on all the fridges etc I must admin just run day after day even when no brew is in them - well I may want to brew at the drop of a hat and I can't wait for fridges to chill - the weather might change or I may go fishing etc.
Switching to gas may be a cheaper option than the electric boilers  I just don't.  That's why I'm posting this...  advice (or an excuse to go gas and get a bigger boiler I wouldn't have otherwise have an excuse to buy!)
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