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Old 01-14-2009, 07:05 PM   #1
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This past spring I started brewing with a propane burner. Its cold outside (though nothing like further North) and It'll take forever to boil with the temps the way they are. Soooo, I have seen a lot of home brewer’s pics boiling it up in their garages but always with the doors open. I can't do that because it will chill the rest of the house down so what about brewing with the doors closed?
I have an RV and know about using gas stoves inside and the venting required. Is this stupid, dangerous or what? I know, probably a really dumb question but all opinions invited.

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Old 01-14-2009, 07:07 PM   #2
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I have a sticky on the subject at the top of the equipment section...


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I usually brew in my garage with the door open all the way (2-car, 1 big door). But when it is really cold outside, like under 40°F (I love the south )
I open the door a foot or two. I haven't had any problems thus far and really don't expect any. Safety is #1.

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Last brewday high was 17F. Kept double wide garage door open about 8 - 18 inches. Kids kept going in and out, froze me tush they did!

Be aware of ventilation and you should be fine.

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I would recommend a cheap CO monitor if you plan on brewing without the door all the way open. I picked up a plug-in one for $20 on Amazon. Hopefully I will never have needed it, but 20 bucks for peace of mind suits me...

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I would recommend a cheap CO monitor if you plan on brewing without the door all the way open. I picked up a plug-in one for $20 on Amazon. Hopefully I will never have needed it, but 20 bucks for peace of mind suits me...
The CO monitor is a great idea...I have one in the kitchen that I'll move to the garage brewing day and keep the door open a foot or two.
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Vent out the garage with a cheap fan. If you don't have solid connections the propane leak falls to the ground. If you leak enough of it, it could be a problem too. So if you're just going to crack the garage door, a cheap box fan would be a good bet. The same fan takes care of any possible CO issues too.

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Without commenting on the rest I brewed in my garage last night with the door open full. (The door opener doesn't stop 1/2 way).
The to was -7 . Start to finish 90 minutes for a full boil for an hour.
So the burners can keep up.
It was too cold to enjoy it though.
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I always brew in my garage. My side is a 2 car and my wife's side is a 1 car (all attached). In the winter I crack both doors about 18", have a box fan running pointing out of the 2 car door and always have a fire extinguisher handy.

I have a carbon monoxide detector mounted on the ceiling in the garage. It doesn't have a digital readout, but it's never gone off while I'm brewing (self-tests say that it works though).

Take similar steps and you'll be just fine.

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Without commenting on the rest I brewed in my garage last night with the door open full. (The door opener doesn't stop 1/2 way).
How about pulling the door release off your opener and propping it open with a cinder block or milk crate or something? Then you(usually) just hit the opener again the the track thing will ram right into the holder again and everything is back to normal? Or you have a prehistoric opener - and I'm totally wrong.

Either way props to you for having the 'nads to brew in that weather.
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