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Offline fmader

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Heat Wave!
« on: February 22, 2014, 10:46:08 AM »
Finally! I mashed in at 41 degrees this morning an hour earlier than I mashed in two weeks ago.... When it was 4 degrees out. Other than the Gail force winds going on, today might be the ideal brewing temp. It's currently 48!
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Re: Heat Wave!
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2014, 05:43:42 PM »
Ya I like brewing in the winter too. Of course it isn't as bad here in NM, but I have brewed in low 30s once, and often in 40s which is nice. ps, anyone ever tell ya your pic looks like a mug shot, with the orange overalls and all. Not trying to rub ya the wrong way or anything (specially if it is yer mug shot), just a thought man...
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Re: Heat Wave!
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2014, 05:52:39 PM »
Lol it's actually a red shirt.... Was grilling some burgers in that pic.
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Re: Heat Wave!
« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2014, 05:56:36 PM »
Had the guys over to bre an Irish Red a few weeks ago and it was 5 degrees outside. Looking forward to summer brewing

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Re: Heat Wave!
« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2014, 06:10:37 PM »
lol, glad you have a sense of humor
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Re: Heat Wave!
« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2014, 06:15:19 PM »
Yeah, I like brewing in the transition seasons... 40-70 is probably prime. It's been brutally cold for the last handful of brews. Today was actually a longer brew day with a 90 minute mash and 140 minute boil, and I feel far less worn out. That single digit weather takes a toll on ya.
Frank

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Re: Heat Wave!
« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2014, 10:35:58 PM »
It was 13 degrees today when I brewed. I admit that when it gets below freezing and such I'll mash in the house then do the boil outside. It is tricky to keep the propane burner going though. I've a few tricks to it if anyone is interested.

As a side note the boil off rate goes though the roof!

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Re: Heat Wave!
« Reply #7 on: February 23, 2014, 05:42:30 AM »
As a side note the boil off rate goes though the roof!

+1 to this.  Brewed 2 batches on Friday.  Normally lose 1.25 to 1.5 gal.hr and on Friday it was over 2 gal/hr.  I had to add water to top off the first batch.

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