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Old 12-05-2007, 06:36 PM   #1
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Default Winter Brewing Outdoors

No matter the weather I won't skip brewing (obsessed? sure!) so I came up with this ugly bugger to help me out. It blocks the wind from the pots completely, keeps rain and snow off the pot. It also really maximizes the efficiency of the burner I've found, I get MUCH faster to boiling with this than without (so I use it in the summer as well).

Any steam that hits the top just rolls down and not into the pot so no worries there either. Hope this gets some of you guys outdoors and enjoying the fun of winter brewing!

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Old 12-05-2007, 06:38 PM   #2
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Doesn't this belong in the "Show Me Your Ugly Junk" thread?

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Old 12-05-2007, 06:38 PM   #3
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Looks good. I've also shielded my pot with flashing. Really cuts down on the propane. The whole pot is surrounded by hot flue gas. I am up to my 7th 90 min boil on a 20 lb tank.

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Old 12-05-2007, 06:39 PM   #4
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Doesn't this belong in the "Show Me Your Ugly Junk" thread?
Maybe I should post a link to this thread in there.
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I could've used this idea yesterday. I had my burner cranking and it blew out twice. Of course the wind WAS gusting up to 40mph. That made for some nice wind chills...

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Old 12-05-2007, 06:42 PM   #6
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I could've used this idea yesterday. I had my burner cranking and it blew out twice. Of course the wind WAS gusting up to 40mph. That made for some nice wind chills...
I've used this thing in the driving rain and in snow so hard I couldn't see the other apartment building 100' away (ok slight exaggeration ). mr_x is right too, it really extends the life is a single propane fill-up.
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Yeah I was probably eating propane yesterday, but it was my first time so I was concerned with other things. Apparently I should've been more concerned with my mash

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Man, you are braver than me. Everything comes inside for winter, or I have to brew in my BIL attached garage.

Is that just aluminum flashing? Just curious where you bought it.

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Yup, just a roll of standard aluminum flashing. I bought it at Rona but I've seen it at Home Depot and Home Hardware as well. If I recall correctly it was about $20CDN for an 18'x24" roll but I may be remembering the demensions wrong.

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I applaud this brewer! Anyone else have tricks up their sleeve that they use to brew during the winter? I wanted to get a few batches in before it got too cold and honestly don't think it's going to happen. I'll probably just end up doing half batches on my stove to get me through the winter. We'll see though.

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