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Winter Brewing Photos
« on: December 22, 2009, 06:04:41 AM »
My brew yesterday.  Only a few inches of snow.  I love being outside in the winter.


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Re: Winter Brewing Photos
« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2009, 06:10:32 AM »
Suh-WEET!

. . . and the neighbors thinking . . "That crazy drunk is at it again!"    :D ;)
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Re: Winter Brewing Photos
« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2009, 06:20:44 AM »
Nice setup.

What is the shield around your propane burner made of?  Is it a piece of duct work or something? 
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Re: Winter Brewing Photos
« Reply #3 on: December 22, 2009, 06:32:35 AM »
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.

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Re: Winter Brewing Photos
« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2009, 06:35:39 AM »
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.

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Re: Winter Brewing Photos
« Reply #5 on: December 25, 2009, 07:40:06 PM »
I love the wind screen! Way better than the tin foil I use. Thanks for posting the picture!
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Re: Winter Brewing Photos
« Reply #6 on: December 25, 2009, 11:03:36 PM »
I love the wind screen! Way better than the tin foil I use. Thanks for posting the picture!

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Great idea! ... I need to adopt that one.  8)
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Re: Winter Brewing Photos
« Reply #7 on: December 28, 2009, 11:22:46 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)

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Duct could serve the dual purpose of acting as a screen for my Weber smoker too.   8)
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Re: Winter Brewing Photos
« Reply #8 on: December 28, 2009, 02:14:38 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. 

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Re: Winter Brewing Photos
« Reply #9 on: December 28, 2009, 04:09:41 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.

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Re: Winter Brewing Photos
« Reply #10 on: December 30, 2009, 10:33:53 AM »
This was with snow on the ground, but a nice 45F sunny day a few weeks ago. 

Used foil insulation as a large wind shield.
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Re: Winter Brewing Photos
« Reply #11 on: December 30, 2009, 10:36:06 PM »
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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.
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Re: Winter Brewing Photos
« Reply #12 on: January 03, 2010, 01:09:48 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.


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Re: Winter Brewing Photos
« Reply #13 on: January 03, 2010, 07:56:16 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.




I guess you just kicked it up one notch, that's even better. I'm going to have to reconsider that idea.  8)
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Re: Winter Brewing Photos
« Reply #14 on: January 04, 2010, 12:27:36 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.