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Old 07-06-2010, 04:49 PM   #1
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Default Brewing in the freakin' heat?

It has gotten to that time of year when brewing is kind of unpleasant.

I can see why the Germans banned brewing in the summer.

Other than starting very early in the morning, what are your tricks for brewing when it is hot enough to melt lead?

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Old 07-06-2010, 05:00 PM   #2
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Brewing inside with the A/C blasting.

Of course, that only works well with extract brewing...

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Old 07-06-2010, 05:01 PM   #3
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Stay out of the sun, drink plenty of liquids (beer)!

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Old 07-06-2010, 05:09 PM   #4
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I brew in my basement. It was 95 outside this weekend but my basement was a very nice 70 degrees.

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Old 07-06-2010, 05:17 PM   #5
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I start brewing at 4am.. This last brew day wasn't half bad actually. My brew partner and I usually drink at least a gallon of ice tea and run a few fans.

I would recommend a rolling swamp cooler if you were in a dry climate (like Arizona), but I have a feeling that would be of little relief where you are.

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The only part of my AG brewday that's outside is the boil...and doesn't necessarily need to be tended to all the time. It's the only thing that keeps me from feeling jealous about the guys with the extravagant 3-tier/pump setups where everything is done outdoors!

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Old 07-06-2010, 08:46 PM   #7
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The only part of my AG brewday that's outside is the boil...and doesn't necessarily need to be tended to all the time. It's the only thing that keeps me from feeling jealous about the guys with the extravagant 3-tier/pump setups where everything is done outdoors!

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I go out to check on the boil every 5 minutes or so... otherwise, I'm in the air conditioning enjoying a homebrew (it also helps that I can see my BK from out the back window, too).
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I'm in and out of the pool the entire brew day. I tried starting at 6am but the humidity here is ridiculous (as in 100%) that early in the morning and it is miserable. Sadly enough 95 under an umbrella or in the pool is more comfortable than 82 at 6am.

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Old 07-06-2010, 09:07 PM   #9
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It was close to 100F air temp in NJ on Sunday when I brewed. On my south facing deck the decking got so hot I had to put shoes on to walk on it even after hosing it down with water! I did two batches. One started at 7:00 AM and was in the fermentor and in the basement by 10:30. The second batch was probably a mistake as it was so hot I couldn't get my wort chiller to cool my batch down below 80F. The keggle was so hot I needed gloves to pick it up!!! Got it into the basement to cool. Pitched eventually when it cooled.

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Since switching to AG, when it gets like it is now I just.....don't. I did bottle a batch today that was brewed a month ago, when I was lucky enough to catch the last day of a cool spell. I now try to brew as much as possible in Spring and Fall, in Winter when weather allows (I'm too busy during the holidays, and January & February are pretty much out around here). That leaves March, April & May (some years June isn't bad around here, but this year it was almost a total loss), and part of September, October and part of November. The problem with the Fall, which is prime brewing weather, is that's usually when we take our big vacation of the year. Last year we went to China for the last half of October and first week of November, so I had to brew like a maniac before we left, and do a lot of bottling when we got back.

......and everyone's situation is a little different. My biggest asset is that I'm retired, and can schedule pretty freely.

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