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Title: Frigid Weather Brewing
Post by: theDarkSide on January 20, 2011, 04:43:19 PM
I know I'm going to get a lot of "Suck it up" and "Be a man" responses to this so go right ahead if you feel so inclined.

I haven't been able to brew since October and would really like to brew this weekend.  Saturday is out so I'm left with Sunday ( since there is no real football to watch this weekend anyways  :P ).  Unfortunately, the low Sat night into Sunday is 0 F, and the high is only supposed to be 13 with very light wind ( 9mph ).  I'm an all grain brewer so I'm outdoors for the boil at least.

What kind of issues am I going to run into with weather this cold?  Am I going to use a whole tank of propane just to get a boil going and hold it?  At least the chilling part would seem to go faster.  I'd probably turn on my outside spigot for my wort chiller...I just have to make sure I turn it off when I'm done.

I'm curious what you cold weather folks do.

Thanks.
Title: Re: Frigid Weather Brewing
Post by: Kit B on January 20, 2011, 04:48:53 PM
You'll be just fine.
I brew in my garage, in MN.
I didn't really notice much difference in the amount of propane used.
I open my garage door, about 12"-18" & open a window, for fresh air.
The burner keeps it somewhat warm, depending on how bad the wind is.
Title: Re: Frigid Weather Brewing
Post by: Mark G on January 20, 2011, 04:55:52 PM
I mash in a cooler in the kitchen, then conduct the boil outside. I set up my burner on my back patio so I can watch it from inside.  I'm brewing tomorrow morning with temps in the single digits. I don't think it really takes any longer to get a boil, but your boil-off rate will be a bit higher. I store my hoses in the basement and don't bring them outside to hook up to the chiller until I'm close to flame-out. Cooling definitely goes much faster in the winter!
Title: Re: Frigid Weather Brewing
Post by: uthristy on January 20, 2011, 05:15:08 PM
I know I'm going to get a lot of "Suck it up" and "Be a man" responses to this so go right ahead if you feel so inclined.
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Unfortunately, the low Sat night into Sunday is 0 F, and the high is only supposed to be 13 with very light wind ( 9mph ).  I'm an all grain brewer so I'm outdoors for the boil at least

NFW would I be brewing at those temps, hurts even thinking about the wind cutting right thur you :o

Oh and Man up ! :D
Title: Re: Frigid Weather Brewing
Post by: bluesman on January 20, 2011, 05:38:51 PM
Is your kettle insulated? If not, I would look into that at a minimum. I assume you don't have a garage. I brew in my garage as low as 20-30F with no problems. In fact the garage warms up quite a bit during the session.
Title: Re: Frigid Weather Brewing
Post by: johnf on January 20, 2011, 05:39:30 PM
I don't really brew below freezing even though I brew in the garage since I am a wuss and I have to clean outside.

I need to repair the floor drain in my basement, when I do that I'm going to have a nice big sink installed so I can clean inside and also use that sink (it is in a good location for this) for chiller water and return. That will make me much more excited to brew when it is very cold. Defrosting the hose first thing in the morning and then spraying out keggles with cold ground water as the sun goes down and it is 10 F is not fun, I did it once.
Title: Re: Frigid Weather Brewing
Post by: glastctbrew on January 20, 2011, 05:50:00 PM
I'm a little south of you in CT.  I've been mashing in a cooler in my kitchen and boiling outside without any trouble.  I setup on my porch so the house serves as a nice wind break on 2 side.

This weekend I'm moving to my garage for the entire process.  Given we're looking at temps in the teens for Sunday I plan on either making a box for my cooler out of 1/2" Polyisocyanurate Rigid Foam Insulation or getting a butt load of blankets to wrap it in.  I store all my gear in the basement so I don't have any frozen surprises during the brew session.

Title: Re: Frigid Weather Brewing
Post by: SoPHiSTo on January 20, 2011, 06:02:42 PM
I have decided to brew extract inside in the kitchen until it warms up.  I've noticed that I lose quite a few degrees in my mash tun when I'm mashing in the cold garage (10-30F)

Title: Re: Frigid Weather Brewing
Post by: theDarkSide on January 20, 2011, 06:16:30 PM
Is your kettle insulated? If not, I would look into that at a minimum. I assume you don't have a garage. I brew in my garage as low as 20-30F with no problems. In fact the garage warms up quite a bit during the session.

Actually I do have a 2 car, attached garage, but it is under my family room and I just don't feel comfortable burning propane in there even though I know several people do it.  I have a 10 gallon, SS kettle - not insulated.  What do you insulate with that won't burn up?

I'm a little south of you in CT.  I've been mashing in a cooler in my kitchen and boiling outside without any trouble. 

This is what I've done in the past but I just don't remember if I had done it last winter when it was this cold.

Oh and Man up ! :D
Wow...3rd post.  that took longer than I thought it would  :D
Title: Re: Frigid Weather Brewing
Post by: akr71 on January 20, 2011, 07:21:33 PM
I still brew outside in the winter.  Just not as often as I would like, because sometimes the weather gets in the way.  I have brewed in a blizzard before, though the temp was ~15F, so not too bad.  You'll use a bit more propane, but nothing horrible.

Rather than risk frozen & cracked pipes, I run my immersion chiller off the tap for the washing machine in the laundry room.  That is probably the worst part of brewing outside in winter - hauling the kettle down to the basement and hooking up the chiller.  Even if it was mild, my outside tap is buried under a snow drift.

I'm brewing tomorrow, but we may have a 'weather bomb' (6 to 12 inches, maybe more) dropping on our ass, so it may be postponed until Sat.
Title: Re: Frigid Weather Brewing
Post by: smoga on January 20, 2011, 07:27:10 PM
I brew in Seattle on the back patio. The weather forces me to brew in the winter on those rare sunny days. And when it's sunny that means, cold (for Seattle) around 20F

In the cold, I have noticed that the burner puts out a lot less BTU's if I leave the propane outside (where it's normally stored) I assume the propane in it's normal liquefied state thickens up in the cold. I had a couple experiences where it took over an hour to reach boil with a cold propane tank; wind blowing, temps in the 20's...
So, I bring in the propane bottle the night before brewing. Problem solved.  
Title: Re: Frigid Weather Brewing
Post by: bluesman on January 20, 2011, 07:35:26 PM
I have a 10 gallon, SS kettle - not insulated.  What do you insulate with that won't burn up?

Use some fiberfrax blanket wrapped with aluminum foil tape. Wrap the kettle with the blanket and then make tape rings down the kettle. Makes an excellent insulator.

http://www.infraredheaters.com/insulati.htm
Title: Re: Frigid Weather Brewing
Post by: Hokerer on January 20, 2011, 07:43:29 PM
I brew in Seattle on the back patio. The weather forces me to brew in the winter on those rare sunny days. And when it's sunny that means, cold (for Seattle) around 20F

In the cold, I have noticed that the burner puts out a lot less BTU's if I leave the propane outside (where it's normally stored) I assume the propane in it's normal liquefied state thickens up in the cold. I had a couple experiences where it took over an hour to reach boil with a cold propane tank; wind blowing, temps in the 20's...
So, I bring in the propane bottle the night before brewing. Problem solved.  


It's not so much "thickening" as it is the fact that, at those colder temps, the propane evaporates from a liquid to a gas much more slowly.  Also, as you use propane, you'll notice that the tank cools down (and often even frosts up on the outside).  If warming it the night before doesn't help you last for the time of an entire boil, some folks put the propane tank in a tub of lukewarm water.
Title: Re: Frigid Weather Brewing
Post by: bassriverbrewer on January 20, 2011, 09:30:03 PM
I'm brewing in MA sunday the high is supposed to be 14 degrees I mash in the kitchen and boil outside on propane.  I have an outdoor firepit im planning on using for myself.  When I brew in the cold I haven't had a problem with a roiling boil unless the wind starts blowing.
Title: Re: Frigid Weather Brewing
Post by: a10t2 on January 21, 2011, 12:01:56 AM
I'd probably turn on my outside spigot for my wort chiller...I just have to make sure I turn it off when I'm done.

Once you turn the water on, I wouldn't turn it off until you're finished. Trust me, a frozen chiller is no fun.

I won't be brewing outside until spring (no way am I shoveling seven feet of snow off the porch) but last weekend I got the bug and did a partial boil on the stove. http://seanterrill.com/2011/01/16/of-ice-and-10p/ (http://seanterrill.com/2011/01/16/of-ice-and-10p/)
Title: Re: Frigid Weather Brewing
Post by: bfogt on January 21, 2011, 12:20:54 AM
I always feel better if I wear wool hiking socks.  I've got some expedition socks from SmartWool that seem to make me invincible.  Usually I can be out in <0F temps without any kind of jacket.  I think wind is more of a problem than the temperature when comparing 10F to 0F.  And freezing rain getting into your boil sucks, too.  So my plan for my next brew is to put up the folding canopy and enclose two sides with a tarp. 
Title: Re: Frigid Weather Brewing
Post by: oscarvan on January 21, 2011, 02:32:21 AM
Quote
Actually I do have a 2 car, attached garage, but it is under my family room and I just don't feel comfortable burning propane in there even though I know several people do it.  I have a 10 gallon, SS kettle - not insulated.  What do you insulate with that won't burn up?

What is the risk of burning propane in there? As long as you have ventilation (not so much for air but for the moisture to get out) I can't see any risk. If you want go get a big ass fire extinguisher at HD/Lowe's and don't leave the flame unattended.....
Title: Re: Frigid Weather Brewing
Post by: Mark G on January 21, 2011, 03:44:20 PM
Well, just started the timer on my boil on the back patio. Thermometer outside is reading -6 degrees F. At least the sun is out  8)
Title: Re: Frigid Weather Brewing
Post by: tom on January 21, 2011, 05:00:40 PM
I have a 10 gallon, SS kettle - not insulated.  What do you insulate with that won't burn up?

Use some fiberfrax blanket wrapped with aluminum foil tape. Wrap the kettle with the blanket and then make tape rings down the kettle. Makes an excellent insulator.

http://www.infraredheaters.com/insulati.htm
Do you use it?
Is it durable? If it isn't covered completely will it be ok if it gets wet and gunky?
TIA
Title: Re: Frigid Weather Brewing
Post by: oscarvan on January 21, 2011, 05:07:09 PM
Well, just started the timer on my boil on the back patio. Thermometer outside is reading -6 degrees F. At least the sun is out  8)

Aaaah manly man! The Mythbuster's research that says a toddy will not help you stay warm is IMHO bull crap..... ;)
Title: Re: Frigid Weather Brewing
Post by: Rhoobarb on January 21, 2011, 05:33:59 PM
The biggest problem you will have is water freezing up on you.  Last year I was so busy with other things that I had to put off brewing a beer to go into a barrel with some other brewer's beers until this time of the year.  The day I brewed, the high temp for the day was 11oF. I ran water from my utility room out to the garage where I brew.  My hose kept freezing and I had to keep switching back & forth b/w hot and cold water.  I was slipping & sliding where water had gotten on the sidewalk b/w the garage and the house.  It was sunny out, yet miserable.  I was exhausted by the end of the session.  I swore to never brew in temps that cold again.
Title: Re: Frigid Weather Brewing
Post by: rbclay on January 21, 2011, 07:23:22 PM
I love to brew in the winter. If I didn't I would probably have to move or brew less  :o Neither is an option ;)
I bring my propane tank inside in the winter. Definitely helps. There have been discussions on here about the importance of chilling times. I find the huge snow banks in my yard make great natural chillers. Not as fast as other chillers, but free is good too. I have run my immersion chiller in the utility sink, but I also fill up the sink with snow so I am chilling the inside and outside. Works great.
Title: Re: Frigid Weather Brewing
Post by: kylekohlmorgen on January 21, 2011, 07:47:35 PM
I know I'm going to get a lot of "Suck it up" and "Be a man" responses to this so go right ahead if you feel so inclined.

I haven't been able to brew since October and would really like to brew this weekend.  Saturday is out so I'm left with Sunday ( since there is no real football to watch this weekend anyways  :P ).  Unfortunately, the low Sat night into Sunday is 0 F, and the high is only supposed to be 13 with very light wind ( 9mph ).  I'm an all grain brewer so I'm outdoors for the boil at least.

What kind of issues am I going to run into with weather this cold?  Am I going to use a whole tank of propane just to get a boil going and hold it?  At least the chilling part would seem to go faster.  I'd probably turn on my outside spigot for my wort chiller...I just have to make sure I turn it off when I'm done.

I'm curious what you cold weather folks do.

Thanks.


I always thought this is why all the REALLY good seasonals/hard to find stuff comes out in the winter...

Personally... I hang up my paddle until it gets above freezing and head to my local craft beer purveyor for INSPIRATION :)
Title: Re: Frigid Weather Brewing
Post by: uthristy on January 21, 2011, 09:30:44 PM
Well, just started the timer on my boil on the back patio. Thermometer outside is reading -6 degrees F. At least the sun is out  8)
(http://i162.photobucket.com/albums/t248/Beer_Tour2/bow-down-wave.gif)


We just finished brewing in 55F and we were b****ing about the cold :D
Title: Re: Frigid Weather Brewing
Post by: Slowbrew on January 21, 2011, 09:42:01 PM
I do almost all my brewing in this kind of weather.  I have a great setup since we put on an addition a few years back.  I have a workshop in the new basement with a walkout to a patio.  I mash and sparge in the shop and only cook outside.  For Christmas 2010 my wife gave me a Green Egg Remote Thermometer so I don't even go outside to check water temps.   ;D

I bring the kettle into the basement and hook my IC to the old laundry cold water spigot.

The biggest problem I've had was last Monday (MLK Jr. Day) when it started raining.  Luckily I have a portable awning that my son and I setup over the kettle.

I made wind shields out of 8" flashing and pop rivets that sit on the ground around the cooker stand to stop my flame from going out.

Paul
Title: Re: Frigid Weather Brewing
Post by: yeastmaster on January 21, 2011, 10:20:52 PM
I'm brewing in Fairbanks, AK.  I heat my water outside but bring the mash inside.  Haven't had any problems with boiling.  I'm sure if I timed it I would see that it takes a little bit longer to come to temp but doesn't seem like a noticeable difference to me.  I set up the burner near a window where I can keep an eye on it and periodically go out and check on it.  I do haul the hot kettle inside to run my immersion chiller which is a pain but I don't have a way to run water outside where I live.  For me living here winter is a good time to brew despite the cold.  The summers are so short and there is so much stuff to do it is hard to find brew time.
Title: Re: Frigid Weather Brewing
Post by: tom on January 21, 2011, 11:25:42 PM
Anyone try FyreWrap?   http://www.fyrewrap.com/files/Fyrewrap-Grease-Duct-Insulation-EZ-15.pdf
It looks like the ceramic insulation covered with aluminum.
Title: Re: Frigid Weather Brewing
Post by: tschmidlin on January 22, 2011, 07:43:08 AM
I brew in Seattle on the back patio. The weather forces me to brew in the winter on those rare sunny days. And when it's sunny that means, cold (for Seattle) around 20F
::)
With the number of rainy days we get per year, not brewing in the rain eliminates a lot of weekends!  I brew when I can, weather be damned.  Snow, rain, sunny, windy, even when the power was out. ;D
Title: Re: Frigid Weather Brewing
Post by: Wheat_Brewer on January 22, 2011, 08:04:33 PM
It's only what -21 F in minnesota!?  I'm with everybody man up!  But that's coming from me in Colorado where it's 40+  ;D


I would just insulate the kettle and maybe even the cooler, brew in the garage with a carbon monoxide monitor and the door cracked. 

On the up side you don't have to worry too much about a wort chiller!  Mother nature is taking care of that for you. 
Title: Re: Frigid Weather Brewing
Post by: a10t2 on January 22, 2011, 09:05:07 PM
But that's coming from me in Colorado where it's 40+  ;D

You must be in the part of Colorado that's basically Kansas. ;)
Title: Re: Frigid Weather Brewing
Post by: Slowbrew on January 22, 2011, 09:21:55 PM
But that's coming from me in Colorado where it's 40+  ;D

You must be in the part of Colorado that's basically Kansas. ;)

Maybe 40+ degrees is a nice trade off for being "basically Kansas".

Sorry, I couldn't stop myself.

Paul
Title: Re: Frigid Weather Brewing
Post by: beerrat on January 24, 2011, 04:47:18 PM
I have brewed in the elements a lot - snow, wind, cold.  But I took the easy route yesterday when was doing an all grain black IPA.  I brewed inside and not in the 18f, albeit sunny weather.

My rationale:  besides wimping out a bit, I thought it was silly not to capture heat and humidity output inside house instead of both just going into cold air outside.  I'm running a humidifier inside along with normal house heating, why not recapure brew outputs like a brewery would do?  With wind, even with a wind screen around pot, more propane would be needed then normal.  Why battle elements when not necessary.

My 10gal brew pot fits on the electric stove and heats up fine.  I'm not convinced heating the 7 gal took any longer inside then my gas set up outside fighting wind and teen temps.  I may have lost some time chilling, but only took 25 minutes inside with IC and 48f tap water.  Bonus was easier recovery of waste hot H2O for cleanup and excess to washing machine.

Of course, this works out given I have room on my stove.

Yes, I'm a frugal bastard :-)
Title: Re: Frigid Weather Brewing
Post by: Hokerer on January 24, 2011, 05:15:00 PM
My 10gal brew pot fits on the electric stove and heats up fine. 

That's gotta be one heck of an electric stove.  Do all the neighbors lights dim when you fire that thing up?
Title: Re: Frigid Weather Brewing
Post by: theDarkSide on January 24, 2011, 08:26:33 PM
So after seeing a weather report on Friday night saying the wind chill was going to be -13 F on Sunday, I bagged it this weekend.  So Sunday comes and it is a calm, not so frigid ( about 20 F ) day.

#&$%^#@# weatherman!!!!!

It did get down to -10F last night.  This morning I did the trick where you throw hot water in the air and it turns to snow instantly...pretty cool ( no pun intended ).

Oh well...maybe next weekend.
Title: Re: Frigid Weather Brewing
Post by: dak0415 on January 24, 2011, 09:01:14 PM
I can brew inside my garage, with the door open a bit, HLT and RIMS mash are electric, but I have to clean up outside although I have warm water from the utility sink.  Anyone know where to get insulated waterproof brewing gloves?
Title: Re: Frigid Weather Brewing
Post by: beerrat on January 24, 2011, 09:08:28 PM

That's gotta be one heck of an electric stove.  Do all the neighbors lights dim when you fire that thing up?

:-)  Just a standard Kenmore glass topped one.  In good weather, the gas burner is faster.  I'm only heating 7 gallons .

I have just enough clearance for the brew pot below the microwave.
Title: Re: Frigid Weather Brewing
Post by: akr71 on January 25, 2011, 03:35:33 PM
On the up side you don't have to worry too much about a wort chiller!  Mother nature is taking care of that for you. 

+1  Try and find bacteria and other critters floating around in sub 0 temps!  A longer than usuall chill probably has minimal effect.
Title: Re: Frigid Weather Brewing
Post by: oscarvan on January 25, 2011, 03:51:09 PM
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Anyone know where to get insulated waterproof brewing gloves?

Home Depot has orange waterproof gloves with a fuzzy inside, you can wear the thin fabric ones inside them........

Title: Re: Frigid Weather Brewing
Post by: rabid_dingo on January 25, 2011, 07:25:27 PM
But that's coming from me in Colorado where it's 40+  ;D

You must be in the part of Colorado that's basically Kansas. ;)

Hey you moved to the windward side of the range, we chose the leeward side. Yeah it's prone
to drought, mostly tan all year. But I makes for a fantastic ski day when you can come down
the hill and golf or bar-b-que in shorts. Been there done that... ;)
Title: Re: Frigid Weather Brewing
Post by: lazydog79 on January 31, 2011, 04:18:57 AM
I'm in central IL and brew outdoors too.  Usually, I get my last brew in around Turkey day and then shut down until April or so.  The winter months seem to bee too danged busy anyway.  This year though, I had one batch I had been trying to squeeze into the end of '10 that I didn't get done.  Family activities, work, and mostly weather kept pushing me around.  IL's winter got off to an early start this year  :P  Finally, Saturday, I had room in the schedule and the weather wasn't too bad - high in the low 30's.  Like several others have said, I move into the garage when the weather isn't the best.  The only real side affect I notice is a little more boil off than usual due to the dry air.  I take the extra step to wrap my MLT in a blanket when it's colder.  The upside, I don't need ice for my chiller - I just shoveled snow in the bucket!   8)  I was thinking during my brew this weekend that I must have hit some sort of brewing-induced psychosis - standing there in a parka and snow boots brewing in January in IL   ::)  Good thing I got it in, though - 12 in.  :o forecast for Tuesday - yipee !
Title: Re: Frigid Weather Brewing
Post by: edward on January 31, 2011, 12:27:42 PM

Was 70 F and perfect yesterday.  Great day for brewing.

Some people don't brew when its too cold, I don't brew when its too hot.  Which in the south is July and August.
Title: Re: Frigid Weather Brewing
Post by: Boston Brewer on January 31, 2011, 05:37:16 PM
Last winter I did one brew when it was about 25F + wind. I mashed in the kitchen and did the boil outside -
things went fine until I started up my immersion chiller. Water froze in the hose and there was now way to get the flow going.
There was no snow either so I couldn't just set the pot in the snow to cool.

Ended up lugging 5.5 gal of steaming wort down to the basement, hooked up the washer hose to the chiller and
let it run. It was pretty much my worst brew day ever.

Now, for a variety of reasons, I am considering doing 2.5 / 3 gal batches, which I can do comfortably in my kitchen.
Just have to decide which is worse - dealing with the cold temps or the SWMBO complaining about the smell of hops & grain ...

Come to think of it, either plan has me dealing with cold temps ...





Title: Re: Frigid Weather Brewing
Post by: seajellie on February 01, 2011, 02:43:32 AM
dmzlater, you can still do your 5 gallon batches outside without risking your neck with the hot wort carry. I used to do that too, and feel myself very fortunate that I never got hit with a disaster.

Set yourself up with a cheap submersible pond pump. For less than 30$, I got a Sunterra 320GPH model that does the trick of recirculating cold water from a cooler through my standard issue wort chiller. I needed a small section of half-inch ID hose to connect it. Works great outside in the frigid temps. If there's no snow around to chill the water down, I can put the water & cooler outside over night in these temps. The instructions say not to use the pump in temps below... 45 I think? But I've not had a problem so far (ten batches) despite dumping loads of snow into the cooler. Maybe the key is that the pump is nice and warm inside the house before use, and isn't submerged in the cold water for more than an hour.

I'll also use a block of sterile ice in the kettle if need be. Also, if I keep my garden hose inside the house, I find I can use it to feed the initial chill until the outdoor temps hit 10.

A post from euge got me thinking; he puts his wort chiller in at flame out. So adapting that trick, I pre-sterilize it in a spare kettle with a bit of boiling water, then let it freeze up outside in the garage. At flame out, it goes in and drops temps a lot.

Additionally, if you aerate your wort outside using a sterile filter, you can really drop the temps fast once in the fermenter.

At the least if you can't do all these tricks, some combination of them will bring the wort temps down below DMS threshold (140) and skin melting threshold (don't know and don't want to find out) before your carry down the steps!

All in all I love brewing in the cold; so much easier to hit lager pitching temps with minimal fuss.
Title: Re: Frigid Weather Brewing
Post by: nicneufeld on February 02, 2011, 01:09:02 AM
You must be in the part of Colorado that's basically Kansas. ;)

Every time I drive through Colorado, we hit Denver, and then, from then on, I think, why doesn't Kansas just annex the rest of this and be done with it?

I still brew indoors...never have brewed outside.  5 gallon, all grain brews in a 7.5gal kettle...its modestly taxing on the ole kitchen range but she muscles up to the task like a soldier.  Takes time to bring 6 gallons of wort to a boil from sparge temps, but if I start early on a saturday I can be done by noon.

The closest I get to this sort of insane dedication is in smoking and grilling during the winter months.  There's no bringing that indoors!
Title: Re: Frigid Weather Brewing
Post by: ndcube on February 06, 2011, 01:28:33 PM
I brew outside in the winter.

1) Keep the propane in a tub of water.
2) Keep a skirt around the burner to keep wind out.
3) Towls on top of the mash cooler.
4) Hot water handy to unthaw the valve on the cooler (only happened a couple times in 0F weather)
5) Have to carry the pot inside to chill (but I do that even when it's warm).
Title: Re: Frigid Weather Brewing
Post by: a10t2 on February 06, 2011, 05:08:08 PM
Well, I thought I was safe moving my brewing into the kitchen, but the last few nights I've had a few beers in the kitchen freeze and burst. The "hold" function on the thermometers says it got to 9°F inside, -26°F outside. :o
Title: Re: Frigid Weather Brewing
Post by: maxieboy on February 06, 2011, 05:24:35 PM
9* in your kitchen?  ???
Title: Re: Frigid Weather Brewing
Post by: a10t2 on February 06, 2011, 05:38:24 PM
9* in your kitchen?  ???

Three exterior walls, lots of windows/doors, and the stove is in the living room. :-\
Title: Re: Frigid Weather Brewing
Post by: maxieboy on February 06, 2011, 06:02:08 PM
Wow. Pretty hard to have running water in a kitchen @ 9*, no? BTW, I've been drinking your THA clone recently. Very tasty! Stay warm...
Title: Re: Frigid Weather Brewing
Post by: maxieboy on February 08, 2011, 05:18:14 PM
Weather guesser says almost 40* Sun. and Mon. Break out the brew rig! Woot!
Title: Re: Frigid Weather Brewing
Post by: a10t2 on February 08, 2011, 10:39:52 PM
BTW, I've been drinking your THA clone recently. Very tasty!

Sweet! Would you call it cloned? I can't get THA any more, so you'd better believe I'll have that recipe on tap all summer and fall...
Title: Re: Frigid Weather Brewing
Post by: maxieboy on February 08, 2011, 11:31:21 PM
About as close as you can get, IMO. I say the hopping is dead on. I think the Munich gives it just a sliver more color and maltiness. Gonna rebrew and sub Vienna for some or all the Munich. I've been drinking THA almost since it came out and to have it basically on tap at my house is awesome!! Great job!