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beergears 10-01-2008 06:52 PM

Brewing outside, at night...pitfalls?
 
I may try to brew AG, late afternoon, well into the evening, in the backyard this Thursday (can't bear to watch...er, nevermind).

I have brewed in this spot before, broad daylight, and am just wondering what extra potential problems may crop up...?

Need to plan for enough lighting in the right places, of course.
Anything else?


(Reminds me the first time I did brew there, found an oak leaf in my wort...!)

k1v1116 10-01-2008 06:57 PM

watch out for leaves at all times of day, but at dusk bugs come out in force, you may want some kind of repellent just make sure it doesnt get into your wort.

flyangler18 10-01-2008 07:00 PM

I've brewed outside in the evenings on many occasions- as long as you have enough light so you're not fumbling in the dark, you'll be fine.

BierMuncher 10-01-2008 07:03 PM

Flood lights from a distance to draw bugs away. If you've had a frost...you should be good.

I'd advise not drinking too much...since it's already late in the day.

TexLaw 10-01-2008 07:04 PM

If you are near any actual pits that you might fall into, I recommend marking them with reflective tape or putting up some sort of barrier.


TL

BarleyWater 10-01-2008 07:07 PM

The only problem I run into brewing at night is noise, but I live in an apartment, so my neighbors are VERY close to me. I also tend to start brewing at 10pm or so sometimes, which puts my wort in the fermenter around 3am. My pump is really loud, so I have to take are to not be too loud otherwise, and try to muffle the sound as best as possible when brewing at night.

powerjb 10-01-2008 07:14 PM

i did a batch with a headlamp 'cause the outside light burnt out at our place. turned out just fine, but i def. missed a little clean up, but that may have been due to the beer drinking as much as the night time beer brewing...

BrianTheBrewer 10-01-2008 07:28 PM

I have brewed outside at night many times. As everyone above said just make sure you have enough light to see things coming off trees or in the wind.

beergears 10-01-2008 07:45 PM

Oh, OK, I did not think about the headlamp.. very good suggestion!

No, no drinking really, I have enough trouble keeping it all going straight without adding that to the brew session...!

There is a small lighted porch near my brew area, hopefully bugs will go there.

I'll take pics!!

GilaMinumBeer 10-01-2008 07:55 PM

If you start in the afternoon and brew into the evening you should be fine.

I have tried starting my brews late in the evening and brewing through the morning and I tell ya' it can get brutal once you start to get tired. The next day you start questioning everything as if it were the first beer you'd ever brewed.


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