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Ah yes, winter brewing
« on: December 02, 2015, 02:24:21 AM »
I always forget the extra little pains of brewing in the winter. Its been hitting 15° every night for a while. Hoses frozen, pump frozen, had to use rv tanks because my little 5s frost up too quick. Can't hold mash temp with my yoga mat coozie, so relearning how much flame to hold temp on recirculation. Fun times

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Re: Ah yes, winter brewing
« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2015, 02:41:38 AM »
My kitchen, February 7.  Five gallons.  Three kettles.  It works.  Plus, the snow makes for a very cheap and easy chiller method.



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Re: Ah yes, winter brewing
« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2015, 03:17:25 AM »
I love winter brewing - no bugs!  Ferment in the garage with a heat belt for lagers and indoors for ales.  Just drain everything well and store it warm if it has any water in it.
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Re: Ah yes, winter brewing
« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2015, 03:41:49 AM »
I feel your pain!  I went to brew last Saturday and realized the hose was frozen outside.  Fortunately two sons-in-law were visiting.  They took it upstairs to the tub and thawed it out.  Now it is on the garage floor where it belongs in the Winter.  Doh!
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Re: Ah yes, winter brewing
« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2015, 05:11:56 AM »
Yeah, it's almost that time around here for me as well. I'm looking at a brewday at some point this weekend and weather is looking in the 40's so I'll take it. I brew out in the garage and this time of year I switch from cooled fermentation temperature control to applying heat. I also have to be careful when we get on a cold streak, I keep my keg fridge out in the garage.

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Re: Ah yes, winter brewing
« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2015, 05:15:19 AM »
I feel your pain!  I went to brew last Saturday and realized the hose was frozen outside.  Fortunately two sons-in-law were visiting.  They took it upstairs to the tub and thawed it out.  Now it is on the garage floor where it belongs in the Winter.  Doh!
Its just like anything else. Tougher in the winter. But I wouldn't change a thing. Just had to be reminded of those extra steps I have to take.

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Re: Ah yes, winter brewing
« Reply #6 on: December 02, 2015, 05:38:24 AM »
Yup, I brew entirely in the outdoors.  I have an air tank that I blow the CFC out with.  I bring the hose in after I brew.  I would rather brew in the cold vs. the heat of summer.  Water temps are going down, no more ice!  I'm going to brew some high gravity stuff for my next few brews.  then my normal Imp Stout on New Years Eve.  The only thing I don't like is when we get snow.  I think I brewed and shoveled the deck all winter. 
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Re: Ah yes, winter brewing
« Reply #7 on: December 02, 2015, 05:46:28 AM »
I'm actually enjoying the "winter" right now, but I live in So Cal. It's much easier to cool the wort down, etc when the temp will actually drop below 80F.

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Re: Ah yes, winter brewing
« Reply #8 on: December 02, 2015, 05:54:51 AM »
It's fantastic right now.  My sin bin hasn't moved off 62 degrees in three weeks so no worries for the last couple of batches.  Set it and forget it...
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Re: Ah yes, winter brewing
« Reply #9 on: December 02, 2015, 01:30:01 PM »
So far so good in NH.  I brew the day after Thanksgiving each year and it's usually freezing (last year we got a foot of snow the Wed. before Thanksgiving).  This year it was 60 degrees!  I'll take it.

Honestly in NH we get cold stretches but the biggest issue is wind.  Of course last year the big issue was snow. We had a blizzard in mid-January and then I was snowblowing/shoveling every other day after that.  We had one of the snowiest winters on record for our area.
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Re: Ah yes, winter brewing
« Reply #10 on: December 02, 2015, 01:54:35 PM »
All said and done my only real glitch was under shooting my pitching temp on the second batch by a few degrees. It will be fine though. Might bump my lag time a couple hours, but its 1056 so not like its going to die.

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Re: Ah yes, winter brewing
« Reply #11 on: December 02, 2015, 02:15:31 PM »
'winter' brewing is my favorite - 50-70df weather, sunny, no bugs.  best part is finishing around 2pm and having a few beers, reading a book, before firing up the grill for dinner. :)
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Re: Ah yes, winter brewing
« Reply #12 on: December 02, 2015, 03:16:53 PM »
Our highs are running about 15°F right now. Fortunately I've switched to my winter setup that only requires me to step outside to light the burner and again to retrieve the kettle for whirlpool/knockout.
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Re: Ah yes, winter brewing
« Reply #13 on: December 02, 2015, 04:20:25 PM »
So far so good in NH.  I brew the day after Thanksgiving each year and it's usually freezing (last year we got a foot of snow the Wed. before Thanksgiving).  This year it was 60 degrees!  I'll take it.

Honestly in NH we get cold stretches but the biggest issue is wind.  Of course last year the big issue was snow. We had a blizzard in mid-January and then I was snowblowing/shoveling every other day after that.  We had one of the snowiest winters on record for our area.

Certainly can't complain about Friday's weather, it made for a great day to wash and wax the cars.  it would have been a great day for brewing if I had the time.  I find winter brewing manageable, you jest need to treat it like skiing and pick your day. 

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Re: Ah yes, winter brewing
« Reply #14 on: December 02, 2015, 04:48:10 PM »
My kitchen, February 7.  Five gallons.  Three kettles.  It works.  Plus, the snow makes for a very cheap and easy chiller method.




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