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Old 10-11-2011, 01:04 PM   #1
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Default Anyone else NOT brew in the winter?

I brewed a few times last winter, and it was not enjoyable. I live in the North and we have 5-6 months of snow/winter. I don't have a garage, so I'm forced to brew outside.

This year I think I'm going to brew like hell for the next 2 months, and see if I can get myself through the winter.

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Old 10-11-2011, 01:07 PM   #2
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Kitchen? Makes it a little messy, but my first 3 brews were in MN during the winter. At least I got to keep all that heat in the house.

I'm with you though, outside, deck, or garage is much better.

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Do partial boils on the stove top in the winter.

The thing about winter for me is that my basement gets to the perfect temp for fermenting......

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Fall is such a great time to brew, so I usually brew enough while its still nice out to last me through. Usually an ale or two then some lagers that will be ready later in the winter.

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Yeah.. I guess I could do extract or partial mash. My wife hates the smell when I brew.. so that could prove interesting

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Default Exactly the opposite...

North Texas summer was BRUTAL this year, so we didnt brew much at all. Looking very much forward to winter brewing, trying to brew 2 or 3 times a month until springtime.

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I guess it depends on where you live. I'm in Florida and it gets hot like the African Congo here in the summer. So winter is my PREFERRED brewing time.

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I guess it depends on where you live. I'm in Florida and it gets hot like the African Congo here in the summer. So winter is my PREFERRED brewing time.
I'm only in the NYC area and I stop brewing during the summer, but that's because the temps in the house are too warm to ferment most styles. I have no room for a fermentation chamber so that's out.

As far as brewing outside, I'm just about to start, hopefully this weekend, with my new 10 gallon kettle and Blichmann burner. However, the last two years here were horrendous with blizzards dumping many feet of snow. When that happens I will definitely be doing partial boils on my stove like I'd been doing with my 5 gallon economy kettle. It's certainly better than nothing.


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I stop brewing in the summer as well. I hate the 110F temps in my garage and the 85F+ cooling water. I obviously prefer Fall/Spring brewing but I'd rather suffer through a winter brew any day. It's hosing the pots out that stinks when it's sub freezing. I just pick days when it's going to be a little warmer than usual and make sure that I get an early start.

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I built a brew room in the basement to get out of the kitchen and not have to brew outside in the cold cold winter winds blowing snow in from Lake Michigan...

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