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Title: Brewin' in the rain
Post by: dbush20 on January 31, 2013, 03:45:38 AM
Just started my boil, in the rain. I was just wondering if anyone had any good stories about brewing in the rain.
Title: Re: Brewin' in the rain
Post by: tygo on January 31, 2013, 04:03:44 AM
Welcome to the forum!  I brew in the garage so I just get to look out at the rain mostly.  However, if I were brewing in the rain tonight I'd be worried about getting washed away.
Title: Re: Brewin' in the rain
Post by: tonyp on January 31, 2013, 04:10:32 AM
I brewed in the rain once. Posted about it here (http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=13486.msg171182#msg171182). (didn't want to repost it all in thread)
Title: Re: Brewin' in the rain
Post by: kylekohlmorgen on January 31, 2013, 07:27:08 PM
Brewing in the rain sucks - especially after the boil...

This time of year, the Midwesterners are brewing in the snow, too:

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-0dhVJC4dtMU/UOufEXkI81I/AAAAAAAAAEQ/Dydo2OPAkiw/s1600/ColdBrew.JPG)
Title: Re: Brewin' in the rain
Post by: theDarkSide on January 31, 2013, 07:32:29 PM
I'll take rain or snow over wind any day.  I have a pop up shelter I can put up to block rain.  No matter what I do to block wind, it always tried to blow the flame out.
Title: Re: Brewin' in the rain
Post by: Slowbrew on January 31, 2013, 08:02:30 PM
I use a popup awning too.

To battle the wind I made 2 rings out of 10" aluminum flashing.  One fits over my turkey cooker and has a cutout for the burner air/fuel intake.  The other is about 3' in diameter and sits on the ground around the cooker.  It allows enough air in for a good flame but stops the wind gusts from blowing out the burner.

Paul
Title: Re: Brewin' in the rain
Post by: kylekohlmorgen on January 31, 2013, 08:20:28 PM
I use a popup awning too.

To battle the wind I made 2 rings out of 10" aluminum flashing.  One fits over my turkey cooker and has a cutout for the burner air/fuel intake.  The other is about 3' in diameter and sits on the ground around the cooker.  It allows enough air in for a good flame but stops the wind gusts from blowing out the burner.

Paul

Schucks man - I just put stuff in front it.

Seriously though - the wind (esp. cold wind) sucks. Changes my evaporation rate dramatically unless I keep an eye on the flame. I may have to try your aluminum windbreaker idea!
Title: Re: Brewin' in the rain
Post by: weithman5 on January 31, 2013, 08:30:54 PM
my first brew with my little electric kettle was on my picnic table. thunder showers started. i unplugged it, carried it to the kitchen and resumed.  watched the rain from inside
Title: Re: Brewin' in the rain
Post by: svejk on January 31, 2013, 09:18:00 PM
In Seattle, brewing in the rain is just called brewing...
Title: Re: Brewin' in the rain
Post by: Joe Sr. on January 31, 2013, 09:58:13 PM
Brewing in the rain sucks - especially after the boil...

This time of year, the Midwesterners are brewing in the snow, too:

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-0dhVJC4dtMU/UOufEXkI81I/AAAAAAAAAEQ/Dydo2OPAkiw/s1600/ColdBrew.JPG)

This kinda looks like you're brewing in the alley...
Title: Re: Brewin' in the rain
Post by: garc_mall on January 31, 2013, 10:34:37 PM
In Seattle, brewing in the rain is just called brewing...

I was thinking the same thing.
Title: Re: Brewin' in the rain
Post by: euge on February 01, 2013, 03:05:40 AM
What is this thing you call rain?
Title: Re: Brewin' in the rain
Post by: tschmidlin on February 01, 2013, 06:01:32 AM
In Seattle, brewing in the rain is just called brewing...

I was thinking the same thing.
Me too.
Title: Brewin' in the rain
Post by: majorvices on February 01, 2013, 12:32:09 PM
brewed in the rain many of times. I like weather (all types) so rain is always fun and somewhat poetic to me a long as it it is not coming down too hard. I really enjoy brewing in snow, as well. But I have to admit, a clear spring morning just as the sun is coming up and the sound of the burner roaring and clouds of smoke wafting past from a side project of boston butt smoking on apple, cherry and hickory tops all. :)

Edit: forgot to mention cup of hot coffee in my hand. ;)
Title: Re: Brewin' in the rain
Post by: HoosierBrew on February 01, 2013, 01:19:06 PM
Very nice.  I also have a Bbq smoker and have been known to multitask brewing and ribs together. Awful hard to beat !
Title: Brewin' in the rain
Post by: majorvices on February 01, 2013, 02:31:33 PM
Very nice.  I also have a Bbq smoker and have been known to multitask brewing and ribs together. Awful hard to beat !

Those are some of the best days!
Title: Re: Brewin' in the rain
Post by: HoosierBrew on February 01, 2013, 02:36:19 PM
Especially when the beer and ribs come out great, and I have a prior batch on tap to serve with the bbq ! Hard to keep the neighbors away at that point!
Title: Re: Brewin' in the rain
Post by: kylekohlmorgen on February 01, 2013, 04:28:43 PM
Brewing in the rain sucks - especially after the boil...

This time of year, the Midwesterners are brewing in the snow, too:

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-0dhVJC4dtMU/UOufEXkI81I/AAAAAAAAAEQ/Dydo2OPAkiw/s1600/ColdBrew.JPG)

This kinda looks like you're brewing in the alley...

That's my backyard, man!

Its actually a hell of a find. Great area in the middle of the city with about 150 feet of backyard. I brew on the small wood deck that extends from the house.
Title: Re: Brewin' in the rain
Post by: Joe Sr. on February 01, 2013, 08:03:48 PM
Well that's a huge backyard.  150 feet is deeper than our entire lot.

I got nothing against alleys.  I spend a lot of time in our alley, but less so since I replaced my old car.  I think its the long fence line that makes me think alley.
Title: Re: Brewin' in the rain
Post by: bluesman on February 01, 2013, 08:31:47 PM
Yes...I'll be brewing in my unheated garage tomorrow morning. It'll be about 19F when I start. Here's what it looked like this morning. Some homebrewers are diehards I suppose.  :)

Instant heat with my bajo burners though...

(http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r156/repricej/DC6846B6-76FE-4F71-8B5F-27003525DAA4-853-0000012CBCA55D3B_zpsbded9f91.jpg)
Title: Re: Brewin' in the rain
Post by: redbeerman on February 01, 2013, 08:39:34 PM
Yes...I'll be brewing in my unheated garage tomorrow morning. It'll be about 19F when I start. Here's what it looked like this morning. Some homebrewers are diehards I suppose.  :)

Instant heat with my bajo burners though...

(http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r156/repricej/DC6846B6-76FE-4F71-8B5F-27003525DAA4-853-0000012CBCA55D3B_zpsbded9f91.jpg)

Muddy looks happy.  I think I may give it a this weekend as well.  Just need to thaw out my hose for the chiller and turn on the outside water.  Another reason to go electric!