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Old 11-10-2011, 10:00 PM   #1
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Default Tips for Brewing in Winter

Despite the dragging of my feet, the winter is almost here. We've already had 2 solid snowfalls in Denver, and there will be plenty more on the way.

I finally switched over this summer to all-grain brewing, and it's not going to be as easy to brew during the winter as it was in the partial boil and extract days of yesteryear. Formerly, I could do all my cleaning right in my kitchen. I could also chill my wort in the kitchen sink (I still use an IC).

I'm working on a 3 keggle system now, and they are cumbersome to haul in the house, and tend to be a little messier. This summer I brewed outside and used my garden hose to do all of my rinsing and to chill my wort. This winter I'll brew in my garage.

I'm wondering if anyone has any solid tips or techniques for brewing with large equipment during the winter, if you don't have a giant sink basin in the garage. Specifically, how do people deal with cleaning and chilling?

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Old 11-10-2011, 10:03 PM   #2
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LEAVE any doors well open and remove any gasoline etc. before firing up in the garage.

I like to cool in a kiddie pool with a towel to set the pot on (so as to not melt the pool)

Or if you use the hose for an immersion chiller, what is the problem?

Hose running in the kiddie pool helps convection, let it run over (preferably downhill from the house.)

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Old 11-10-2011, 10:12 PM   #3
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Get some winter brewing equipment...lol. Seriously though I live in a 1/2 duplex.I mash in a 10G igloo cooler do my boils outside on a banjo burner. I chill my wort with an immersion chiller hooked up to the hose. Running water does not freeze.

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Old 11-10-2011, 10:18 PM   #4
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Do you rent or own your home? I've been wanting to do research on this, and if anyone has any info I'd love to have it, but I've heard that if you fire a propane burner inside your garage and accidently burn your house down that insurance companies won't pay.

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Old 11-10-2011, 10:51 PM   #5
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Do you rent or own your home? I've been wanting to do research on this, and if anyone has any info I'd love to have it, but I've heard that if you fire a propane burner inside your garage and accidently burn your house down that insurance companies won't pay.
When I lived in the burbs and had a garage I would open it 1/3 of the way and put the banjo close to the opening. Did this for 2 winters and never had an issue
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I wouldnt know, I live sunny southern california

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Old 11-10-2011, 11:02 PM   #7
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When I lived in the burbs and had a garage I would open it 1/3 of the way and put the banjo close to the opening. Did this for 2 winters and never had an issue
I haven't had an issue either, but it still is something I'd like to know more about. I don't know how disciplined you are about staying put while the burner is going, but I have been known to putter around doing other things while the sparge water is heating up etc. I just want to know what all is involved should disaster strike. I should probably just call AAA but then they'd probably put me on some kind of a "list".
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as long as the burner is in a ventilated area. I am sure it would be ok. IF you really need to know you can always ask the landlord and or check with your local FD and renters insurance co if you carry a policy

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I own my place... I've heard people on here that had landlords that were against it, and some that were cool about it. I guess I'll have to call around.

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Old 11-11-2011, 03:53 AM   #10
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Do you rent or own your home? I've been wanting to do research on this, and if anyone has any info I'd love to have it, but I've heard that if you fire a propane burner inside your garage and accidently burn your house down that insurance companies won't pay.
I take the insurance thing seriously. Maybe the insurance company would pay, maybe not. I am not willing to take that chance. Sure, if they refuse you could sue. But a turkey fryer demonstration to any judge or jury would end that effort, IMHO.
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