5/17/2010 – what is your phone number?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We can be reached at (425) 355-8865Our toll free order number is (800) 850-2739
10/9/2009 – what is the btu rating for this burner? and is this a good burner for the 55 gal brew pot?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: ANY burner will be challenged by boiling that kind of volume. BTU ratings may not be the best way to select a cooker, but it is a starting point. Blichmann Enginnering rates this burner at 72,000 BTU.Here is a link from the manufacturer explaining their evaluation. Other manufacturers may disagree, of course. We have not run side-by-side . . .
8/24/2009 – I bought the 55 gallon Boilermaker from you folks. What burner do you recommend? Something that would handle the weight of a 40 gallon batch. I am thinking 320 lbs. Can you help me?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I would go with the Bayou Banjo High Pressure Classic Cooker. It will support a weight of up to 40.5 gallons
7/2/2008 – What is the maximum pot capacity that can be used on the Bayou Banjo High Pressure cooker? I have pots ranging in size from 120 qt to 200 qt - will the 200 qt work and will it maintain the high heat?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: This burner is frequently used with 15-20 gallon pots. Many people use a 15 gallon converted keg. I know of one application that uses a 100 gallon brew kettle to produce 50 gallon batches without any problem maintaining the heat, although the burner is not supporting the weight of the kettle & contents. I would say that it will take pretty . . .
4/1/2008 – I am wondering is it ok to use this for 5 gallon stainless steel pot. And, do the gas tanks that come with bbqs fit these connections. How do I know what connections will fit.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, it will be fine with a 5 gallon brewpot.It comes with a common BBQ type fitting.
3/30/2008 – My present propane burner works well on full output settings but when I want to simmer at a very low burn rate it often goes out. Can your burners be turned down to very low simmer levels to just keep a pot warm?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes. That is not a problem with this cooker.
3/27/2008 – I am new to brewing and will be cooking with an outdoor burner. My question is do i cook with my kettle uncovered outside? or do I keep a lid on it?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: In my opinion, it makes little difference. I like to leave it on during heat-up, and remove it for the boil. This is just to speed the heat up process, and watch for boilovers while it is boiling. And to smell the wonderful stuff.
1/26/2008 – I live about an hour (if traffic is good) from the address on your website. Do you have an actual store or is everything here based solely online?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, we have an actual brick-and-mortar store in Everett, WA. People actually walk in and buy stuff!Our address is:Homebrew Heaven9121 Evergreen WayEverett, WA 98204Heck, you can actually call us on the phone, too! It's 425-355-8865. A person will actually answer as long as it's business hours!
11/16/2007 – This might seem like a random question, but here goes.....Does the underside of these Bayou Classic burners (or other models) get really hot? I am debating between using steel or wood to build platforms for a brewing sculpture. I would have a burner on the top tier for the HLT and the bottom tier for the brew kettle, probably not one on . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You are wise to be concerned. Indeed, it CAN get quite hot on the underside of the burner. How hot? It depends on how hot you run the burner, how long, and how big of a batch/brewpot you are using. A wood platform is probably ok, but it doesn't hurt to put a thin sheet of steel over the wood. Good insurance, if you ask me! Inexpensive . . .
4/17/2007 – I have a converted keg that I use as a kettle. The description of this product, the Bayou Banjo High Pressure Classic Cooker with 10" Cast Iron Burner, says a converted keg will not work with this setup. Yet in the question and answer section, you answer the question "do you offer a burner that WILL work with a converted keg" by referencing . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Sorry for the confusion. The Bayou Banjo cooker works beautifully with a converted keg as far as heat output, etc. I just set one on it to verify this. This is assuming you have a regular (U.S. made) sanke type keg. The European ones have too rounded of a bottom to work well.With regular (U.S. made) converted kegs the problem is that there . . .
4/3/2007 – I recently just bought a brewing system from your site and love every bit of it, but I am having trouble keeping a consistent mash temp with my kettle and burner. Any suggestions?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: A few, perhaps. Temperature control is always a bit of a problem with smaller batches, like 5 gallons. The larger the batch, the easier it is because of the increased thermal mass of the grains, water etc.1) Stir a LOT. That will help to equalize the temperature from top to bottom.2) Make your heat adjustments in very small, short bursts . . .
1/27/2007 – My next goal in brewing is to go to a full 5 gallon boil. My kitchen stove is halogen so I just don't think I can do it without an outdoor burner. I was hoping you could give me a recommendation. I am looking for something with fine jets as I heard this is much better to prevent scorching or else is gas efficient. Also I heard the pot . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You CAN'T find a better burner than this one. Gets very hot, yet has many fine jets to disperse the heat evenly:All the pots we sell are quality grade pots. Just pick a size that works for you. If you are considering all-grain brewing in the future, a large pot is a MUST. Here is a linkg to that category:
12/1/2006 – So if I wanted to use a converted sanke keg, what should I be looking for in a burner? Do you sell anything that would work?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, click below:
11/6/2006 – I plan on purchasing the Deluxe Brewing Equipment Kit with a 16 gallon brew kettle. What would you recommend for boiling outdoors? I was thinking of a portable gas stove of some type?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Definitely recommend cooking it up outside, especially with batches over 5 gallons.See our Outdoor Propane Cookers (link below).
11/5/2006 – I live in Seattle, can I come and pick up the bottles in Everett? Do you have a "brick and mortar" store?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You sure can. It is literally made of bricks and mortar, in South Everett. Our address is:Homebrew Heaven9121 Evergreen WayEverett, WA 98204425-355-8865Hours are 10-6:30 M-F and 9:30-5 on Saturdaysand 11:00am-3pm on Sundays
10/17/2006 – I have a 51,000 BTU propane cooker that i had with a turkey fryer i just recently purchased. Would that cooker be suffecient to heat a 5 or 6 gallon batch of beer?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Sufficient? Yes. It will bring it to a boil. The more BTU's, the faster it will boil, is all. If you had 100,000 BTU's, it would boil in about 1/2 the time.
10/14/2006 – I have about 4.5 gal of my wort in my big brew pot and my electric stove on max. Like this I can only get the wort to 205F degrees. is it critical that it is "boiling" to achieve desired results?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It sounds like you have a really wimpy stove. I would get an outdoor cooker.You will certainly make beer, but you will lose some of the disirable qualities. Hops need to be boiled to extract all of the bitterness, and malt needs to be boiled to help break down the sugars.
8/30/2006 – When do you anticipate getting more Bayou Classic HP Banjo Cookers in stock? I heated my last batch on an flat-top electric stove and it took 2 1/2 hours to bring 6 gallons of water to a boil and an hour more to get if back up ater adding the malt. I really need one of these.Jon
Response From Homebrew Heaven: On hand now.
7/26/2006 – Does the burner come with a standard connection for a propane tank, or do you have to get the hose and regulator with it?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, it comes with a standard connection, hose and regulator. They just aren't shown in the photo, is all. Sorry.
3/14/2005 – How big of a brew kettle can a standard electric range hold and effectively heat?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Electric ranges vary considerably, but most can handle a volume of 5-6 gallons...it's more a matter of how LONG it takes to bring it to a boil, not the pot size. A wimpy burner may take well over an hour, a "hot" one will take about a 1/2 hour.Propane cookers are considerably faster than any standard electric range I have seen.
2/24/2005 – Okay, I have to ask, how in the hell do you boil the wort for a 27 gallon Fermenator? Not on the kitchen stove! You might be able to brew like the pro's if you have the equipment but where do you keep the equipment? I imagine this 27 gallon fermenator takes up a great deal of space. In order to keep the fermenator at room temperature that . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Using an outdoor (propane) cooker and a large brewpot, or two. You might be surprised. The 27 gallon Fermenator isn't really that large.
2/1/2005 – Where can I buy the hops to brew the beer? I live in Plainview, Texas....would love to brew my own. But, I need the ingredients to brew it. will buy your equipment, so....where can I buy the goodies to brew it?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Right here! We have a large selection of hops, yeasts, grains and everything you need in the way of ingredients. Here is a link:A good way to get started is to choose one of our ingredient (recipe) kits. They get you started the right way!
10/16/2004 – Hey, just wondering if you can boil 5 gallons of water on an electric stove or do you recommend the propane stove.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Most electric stoves can do it; it's just a matter of how long you want to wait. Mine takes about 45-60 minutes to bring 5 gallons to a boil. An outdoor propane cooker takes about 15 minutes.
8/10/2004 – How many BTUs would you recommend to efficiently bring a 5 gallon batch to a good roiling boil?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: There is always a tradeoff between BTU's and time. We find that for a 5 gallon batch, 20-35K BTU's is about the minimum. The more BTU's the faster the heatup time. 200K BTU's is probably too much.
7/18/2004 – Can The outside cookers be used for other things besides brewing, like cooking turkeys and stuff?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Absoutely! We used ours to deep fry a turkey recently. Very good stuff! Many people use them for seafood boils, making soup stock, and generally feeding LOTS of people.
7/17/2004 – What is the best way to heat stuff in the brewpot? Will a regular stove work?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, a regular stovetop burner is usually enough for a small (5 gallon) batch. It may take a while to boil, is all. If you are impatient (or the wife objects to the smell), an outdoor propane cooker is nice, too. For reference, my stove takes about an hour to boil, a propane cooker takes about 15 minutes.
7/18/2003 – Your web-site description doesn't state what type of fuel this burner is set up for. Is it 'Natural Gas' or 'Propane'?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Sorry. It should say propane. A common BBQ tank will do just fine.
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