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Old 02-26-2009, 03:46 AM   #1
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Default All Grain Brewing in a Garage During the Winter?

This Saturday, I'm going to be doing an all grain batch in my garage. The air temp that day is forecasted for a sweltering 16 degrees. I figure the main things I can do to make sure my brew has every chance of holding it's temperatures and not taking forever to heat up would be to turn on my 500w shop lamps and keep the garage door closed. Either way, this is my first time at outdoor winter brewing. Can any cold weather brewing veterans provide any insight on what to do to make sure I hit my temperatures?

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Old 02-26-2009, 03:49 AM   #2
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It's not wise to burn propane indoors, closed up. In fact, it could easily kill you. Natural Gas is ok.... so is electric. But propane needs ventilation.

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Old 02-26-2009, 04:00 AM   #3
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True enough. I learned the hard way once. I'd keep the window and door cracked, of course. I'm just trying to make sure I don't waste too much time trying to maintain temperatures for the wort and water.

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Keep all your grains and equipment indoors until needed. Even better mash inside the house if you can - that is what I do on cold, windy days but I use a cooler for a MT and don't recirculate.

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well, i do not deal with that low of a temp often, but wtf is 10* when brewin?


anyhoo, i leave the garage door open, put on a good coat, and crank the tunes! (you do have a vintage 1970's amp and speakers in your garage, dont you????????


anyway, my MLT is a rubbermaid cooler, so i still dont lose more than a degree in an hour, no matter the ambient temp....

i dont see the problem.

as far as mash and sparge water, what i do, leave em in the house the night before. that, for me means they will be at least 64* come brew day.... i cannot brew with tap water, as it is well water, and too nasty to brew with (super high manganese and iron levels)


anyway, i see no problem.
im brewin this weekend, no matter what the weather is, it's been a few weeks damnit!
like sex (married a decade) i can only go SOOOOOOOO long now!
must brew no matter what!

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Old 02-26-2009, 04:25 AM   #6
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ohh, on edit, i have a carbon monoxide meter i stole from from my biggest boys room (prior to moving where i am now) he does not need, we have no gas--- 100% electric house) that i set up in the garage for this reason, two burners (one @ 185k btu, one @ 55k btu) and i have not yet heard it scream at me... but, i brew with the door open!

be careful.
dead brew is as good as no brew. and were talkin 5 minutes here. not even enough time for you to know your dead.



and no, i do not care if your makin "dead guy ale"
that don't count!


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I guess I am lucky, my basement walks out to the garage, so I can mash/wash/work in the basement, and then walk out through the garage to boil outside.

I did brew on a cold 10* day in January, and since I do have water pipes running through the garage, I tried brewing in the garage. I closed both overhead doors, leaving a little crack at the bottom for at least some ventilation. It was OK for a while during the boil, but an eerie cloud formed at the garage ceiling (vapor). I decided to move the setup back outside, and I just closed the garage doors and let it boil away un-attended outside. I'd open the garage door when I needed to go out and check. Fortunately, there were't a lot of hop additions. Incidentally, the burner had no issues keeping the boil going.

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All good ideas. When it's that cold, I mash inside. Always leave the garage dor open for ventilation.

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16 is nothin dude... especially when you are inside a garage with a turkey fryer roaring and can leave the door partially open.

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+1 For the mashing inside. I use my kitchen stove and MLT cooler to make my wort inside and then carry the filled pot out to the garage for the boil. I'm sure my MLT would hold a temp....but....I'm a wussey and hate the cold.

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