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Title: Winter Brewing Photos
Post by: ndcube on December 22, 2009, 01:04:41 PM
My brew yesterday.  Only a few inches of snow.  I love being outside in the winter.

(http://home.roadrunner.com/~thewilliams/brewing/winter_brew_1.jpg)
Title: Re: Winter Brewing Photos
Post by: dhacker on December 22, 2009, 01:10:32 PM
Suh-WEET!

. . . and the neighbors thinking . . "That crazy drunk is at it again!"    :D ;)
Title: Re: Winter Brewing Photos
Post by: theDarkSide on December 22, 2009, 01:20:44 PM
Nice setup.

What is the shield around your propane burner made of?  Is it a piece of duct work or something? 
Title: Re: Winter Brewing Photos
Post by: ndcube on December 22, 2009, 01:32:35 PM
Suh-WEET!

. . . and the neighbors thinking . . "That crazy drunk is at it again!"    :D ;)

That's what I figured they thought too...  until the old lady came out and said "that chili sure smells good."  Yes, yes it does.
Title: Re: Winter Brewing Photos
Post by: ndcube on December 22, 2009, 01:35:39 PM
Nice setup.

What is the shield around your propane burner made of?  Is it a piece of duct work or something? 

Yep.  The burner sites on two concrete blocks.  I wrap a piece of ductwork around it with a hole drilled in each end.  A piece of copper wire in the holes serves as a "latch" to keep it around the burner.
Title: Re: Winter Brewing Photos
Post by: hampshirebrewer on December 26, 2009, 02:40:06 AM
I love the wind screen! Way better than the tin foil I use. Thanks for posting the picture!
Title: Re: Winter Brewing Photos
Post by: bluesman on December 26, 2009, 06:03:36 AM
I love the wind screen! Way better than the tin foil I use. Thanks for posting the picture!

+1

Great idea! ... I need to adopt that one.  8)
Title: Re: Winter Brewing Photos
Post by: Pawtucket Patriot on December 28, 2009, 06:22:46 PM
I love the wind screen! Way better than the tin foil I use. Thanks for posting the picture!

+1

Great idea! ... I need to adopt that one.  8)

+2

Duct could serve the dual purpose of acting as a screen for my Weber smoker too.   8)
Title: Re: Winter Brewing Photos
Post by: slimsparty on December 28, 2009, 09:14:38 PM
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2510/4222700491_a9d2dce075_b.jpg)

It is extra shady when brewtime is 7pm to 2am...

This was my first AG batch.  We had about 8 inches of snow.  I hope to get some brewing in this weekend we have more now. 
Title: Re: Winter Brewing Photos
Post by: ndcube on December 28, 2009, 11:09:41 PM
It is extra shady when brewtime is 7pm to 2am...

This was my first AG batch.  We had about 8 inches of snow.  I hope to get some brewing in this weekend we have more now. 

Sweet!  I'm more of an AM brewer.  I like to be done by lunchtime.  We have about 6 or so inches now.  I'll be brewing as soon as my malt comes.  I miscalculated my supplies of MO.
Title: Re: Winter Brewing Photos
Post by: beerrat on December 30, 2009, 05:33:53 PM
This was with snow on the ground, but a nice 45F sunny day a few weeks ago. 
(http://gallery.me.com/dschreffler/100194/100_8417/web.jpg?ver=12607199840001)
Used foil insulation as a large wind shield.
First time I used the new brewpot and made a nice english mild.
Title: Re: Winter Brewing Photos
Post by: karlh on December 31, 2009, 05:36:06 AM
http://morebeer.ning.com/photo/chillinginwinter-1?context=user
hopefully the link will work... this is from last winter.  I believe that my chiller actually froze up during the chilling process and I ended up breaking up frozen wort on the "out" line of the CFC.  Planning on brewing a bock tomorrow, with a balmy 30 degrees and snow in the forecast.
Title: Re: Winter Brewing Photos
Post by: brewsumore on January 03, 2010, 08:09:48 PM
I love the wind screen! Way better than the tin foil I use. Thanks for posting the picture!

+1

Great idea! ... I need to adopt that one.  8)

sorry about the hijack, especially with green grass in the photo, but wanted to share my similar windscreen solution - quite a bit bulkier than the ductwork, but the culvert company was fine with giving me a piece of scrap culvert - even cut it to size for me.  I used a stone metal-cutting wheel blade on my skil saw to cut the notch, and smoothed edges with a grinder.

It has a large enough diameter that it doesn't get very hot from the burner.

I kept the piece I cut out, and bent it and position it under the spigot as a heat shield.


(http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm199/brewsumore/IMG_0607_1_1.jpg)
Title: Re: Winter Brewing Photos
Post by: bluesman on January 04, 2010, 02:56:16 AM
I love the wind screen! Way better than the tin foil I use. Thanks for posting the picture!

+1

Great idea! ... I need to adopt that one.  8)

sorry about the hijack, especially with green grass in the photo, but wanted to share my similar windscreen solution - quite a bit bulkier than the ductwork, but the culvert company was fine with giving me a piece of scrap culvert - even cut it to size for me.  I used a stone metal-cutting wheel blade on my skil saw to cut the notch, and smoothed edges with a grinder.

It has a large enough diameter that it doesn't get very hot from the burner.

I kept the piece I cut out, and bent it and position it under the spigot as a heat shield.


(http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm199/brewsumore/IMG_0607_1_1.jpg)

I guess you just kicked it up one notch, that's even better. I'm going to have to reconsider that idea.  8)
Title: Re: Winter Brewing Photos
Post by: brewsumore on January 04, 2010, 07:27:36 AM
I'm not so sure mine is a better solution - just free.  A friend of mine uses ductwork and the way it cinches up against his kettle it has less heat loss than mine, and so I'm pretty sure his requires less propane.  If I did duct work I think I would try to have it end below the spigot, or have a cutout where that would fit through.

Still, I can and have brewed in stiff winds and it simply is no big deal.
Title: Re: Winter Brewing Photos
Post by: ndcube on January 04, 2010, 11:14:30 AM
Been a few weeks since I've seen green grass.  Nice pic.  Thanks for the post.
Title: Re: Winter Brewing Photos
Post by: ndcube on January 04, 2010, 11:29:49 AM
Here's one from last year (no green grass).  I didn't cut a hole in the ductwork for the spigot.  Just wrap it around each time and hold it together with wire.  it springs back to a flat sheet when I'm done and leans up against my workbench.

(http://home.roadrunner.com/~thewilliams/brewing/winter_brew_2.jpg)
Title: Re: Winter Brewing Photos
Post by: tygo on January 05, 2010, 02:28:26 AM
I froze my ass off brewing on Saturday.  Everything was fine, nice and toasty in the garage until I had to run the hoses to chill.  Then I had water freezing as soon as it was exposed to the air.  I had a hell of a time keeping the hoses from freezing and they did freeze between the point where I was done chilling and draining the boil kettle into the fermenter.

Based on that I decided not to brew today.  I didn't have the energy to wrestle with those hoses again.  I ordered an aquarium pump and I'm going to work on a closed chilling system to make it easier both for the winter and summer months.
Title: Re: Winter Brewing Photos
Post by: karlh on January 07, 2010, 11:53:18 PM
This is the brewing area just after I shovelled it the night before brewing:
  (http://api.ning.com/files/pXoOlCJVRFbpThvF1mzTtf6gUExt38Ru5hcTdIJRVVLKvCrHJ6LVEjqV7ckbzKo9bnTmtKzjbuEiSAOvnwTLjApsV0IxvkNW/brewingstandandbox.JPG)

This was my last brew, a maibock, at the begining of the sparge last week... around 20 degrees outside (http://api.ning.com/files/5UT8Cj0eB-hT83N1iRXbV*oukrzqerYmdwAdhjl1nAt3-VuDuk-cAVVBpBDm63tMpbvkkKmt0CZcxUUQd1eywJqk53sfiaYi/20degreebrewing.JPG)
I had to cover the mash tun during the mash with a tarp... and it only lost a few degrees over the hour or 90 minutes. 
Title: Re: Winter Brewing Photos
Post by: stout_fan on January 08, 2010, 02:11:08 PM
Karl,
What did you treat the OSB with so it doesn't rot?
Title: Re: Winter Brewing Photos
Post by: karlh on January 08, 2010, 04:40:23 PM
I just built the box out of free wood a couple of weeks ago (I had a lot of material and a couple of weeks off).  I currently have the top covered with plastic to keep it dry until spring.  I am thinking that I will use a marine grade varnish on the exterior once things warm up.  OSB was not my material of choice, but it beats hauling everything back and forth all winter through the snow (before I built this, all my brewing gear was in a shed at the corner of the lot.  If I have to rebuild it in the spring I may just build the whole thing out of concrete board and tile it.   
Title: Re: Winter Brewing Photos
Post by: roffenburger on January 10, 2010, 03:48:23 AM
My wife and I currently live in an apartment. I mash in the kitchen and do the boil on the deck with a turkey fryer that we aren't supposed to have out there (shhhh)!
This was a pale ale I brewed today. It was about 10 degrees outside.
.(http://i49.tinypic.com/dwe4gw.jpg)
I'm surprised no one called the fire department. It probably looks like out apartment is on fire!
(http://i50.tinypic.com/dwvofb.jpg)
Chloe eating the grain bill...
(http://i47.tinypic.com/28lb34h.jpg)
Title: Re: Winter Brewing Photos
Post by: ndcube on January 11, 2010, 01:09:29 PM
Yeah, when it's that cold out it can get pretty foggy.  Started out at 0F for me yesterday.  The propane tank kept freezing in the bucket of water I keep it in.

You cat looks exactly like mine from that picture. My cat hasn't been exposed to my graqins but I let her smell the hops every once in awhile.  She takes a sniff and then runs away.
Title: Re: Winter Brewing Photos
Post by: roffenburger on January 11, 2010, 01:48:13 PM
Your tank kept freezing??

Mine was covered in ice and snow. I only cleared enough of the snow off to reach the valves. I didn't have any trouble with it freezing...

Interesting.

Title: Re: Winter Brewing Photos
Post by: ndcube on January 11, 2010, 02:06:29 PM
Not the tank itself.  I set it in a tub of water to prevent just that.  The water in the tub would ice over after about 15 min so I had to keep moving it to keep it from getting stuck in the tub.

Since I got my banjo burner the tank will freeze if I don't keep it in the tub.
Title: Re: Winter Brewing Photos
Post by: roffenburger on January 11, 2010, 02:07:23 PM
Nice! Darn Banjo!!
Title: Re: Winter Brewing Photos
Post by: Beertracker on January 11, 2010, 05:15:43 PM
I'm getting cold just looking at the photos!  ;)
Title: Re: Winter Brewing Photos
Post by: dhacker on January 12, 2010, 01:42:28 AM
Amen . . I just AM NOT brewing when it's 20! . . (or 90) 
 :)