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Old 11-24-2013, 07:55 PM   #1
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Default Brewing in cold weather

We had a nice snow last night which I had anticipated in order to brew today. Some things I noticed that were definite advantages:

1) Easier to cool the wort down after boil with available snow!
2) Less chance of infection with freezing temperatures. (I think)
3) Was able to cool down my yeast starter faster.
4) Everything seemed to go faster with the cold weather.
5) Had fun watching football while brewing!

All in all it was a great day!

BTW: I was brewing a Brown Christmas Ale. Used 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon and 1 teaspoon of ground clove at 10 minutes left in the boil. I took a sip after my gravity reading and it tasted a little strong on the cinnamon. I'm hoping that dissipates after the fermenting.

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Old 11-24-2013, 08:13 PM   #2
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I too am enjoying the cooler weather. I'm in Phoenix so no threat or benefit of snow, but when using an immersion chiller and your ground water is 80-90degrees it takes time and an ice bath....... I brewed last night and easily shaved and hour off brew time with having the cooler weather and water.

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Old 11-24-2013, 08:16 PM   #3
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I brewed outside in the rain last Tuesday! It didn't help me out very much, in fact I think it rained into my sparge water, but I felt very dedicated to my hobby!

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Old 11-24-2013, 08:30 PM   #4
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Gotta love the weather here in Michigan. Going to be brewing outside on Friday and it will be in the 30's. Going to be fun! Gives me more reason to sample some older brews while brewing.

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Old 11-25-2013, 02:09 AM   #5
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takes longer to get the water up to temp, but chilling with 40* hose water definitely speeds things up - down to 11F tonight here in WV

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Old 11-25-2013, 12:26 PM   #6
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Just make sure any plate chiller hoses remain dry and empty outside while you wait 60 minutes for the boil to finish in 20 degree weather.

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Yeah, I love winter brewing. Last winter, several times I had the fortune to have feet of snow piled up outside my basement door to drop my boil kettle into. It doesn't take long for it to sink down in and start cooling off. It can really make up for the time lost in getting the water/wort up to temp.

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Old 11-25-2013, 12:39 PM   #8
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So, on a related topic, we were standing outside brewing in the 24* temps yesterday and there was some debate about how colder weather effected boil off rates. I assumed colder temps would lead to more volume boiling off. My friend argued that it didn't matter. Anyone have the answer?

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Old 11-25-2013, 01:12 PM   #9
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I brewed yesterday, 34 - 36* outside. As long as the wind stays down I don't do too bad.

Had to make an aluminum foil lid for the HLT and BK. Took a bit longer for the heat ups. But the speed in cool down made up for it.

I plan on more brewing during the nice days that are above 32*, than last year around this time. Last year I waited for 40+ temps before I'd brew. Pipeline ran dry a few times, and that sucked.

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So, on a related topic, we were standing outside brewing in the 24* temps yesterday and there was some debate about how colder weather effected boil off rates. I assumed colder temps would lead to more volume boiling off. My friend argued that it didn't matter. Anyone have the answer?
Typical boil-off rate has been 1.33 gal/hr. Yesterday was definitely 2 gal/hr so I'd have to say you get a boost.
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