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Old 06-29-2009, 04:04 PM   #1
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Default Camping and brewing

My plan is to get a brew in during our 4th of July camping trip. We have a 25' RV and we are not taking the dogs along this time, so I should have plenty of room for a bunch of brewing stuff. My father-in-law might be interested in it. Of course I would only brew if I got bored, like if we can't go fishing or whatever, but I anticipate the process will happen.

We should have good source of cleaning/cooling water, and ample space to do it in. Picnic table etc. for working space.

Can you think of any reason this would not be easy, or maybe offer a recipe suggestion?

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Old 06-29-2009, 04:08 PM   #2
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A while back I saw a post on northern brewer, where a guy brewed while camping, fire for heating, and stream for cooling.

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Old 06-29-2009, 04:17 PM   #3
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Brewing over a campfire... sounds like a perfect time to do a smoked beer to me!

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I can't think of any real problems. Precrush your grains, throw the hops/yeast on ice. Make sure you are aware of your grain temp before you mash in, if it's resting at 90 degrees you will heat your strike water less than if it were at room temp.

Other than that I'm not thinking of much that would be different. Try not to let any river water splash into the cooling wort to avoid contamination.

Sounds totally awesome though. I might have to try that this summer.

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My only concern would be moving it back home while active fermentation is going on. Maybe brew on the last day or two of the trip and wait until you get it home to pitch?

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Old 06-29-2009, 06:14 PM   #6
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Well, it's something to do.

The only real drawback is that it has been hot as hell.

I did my brewing before the camping trip last week, and just enjoyed the results while out there.

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I think that sounds like an interesting idea, especially if your considering using a campfire for the boil and a stream for cooling, like wormfishin mentioned.

Maybe consider a smaller batch size?

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You may want to make things a little easier and go the "no chill" route.
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f13/exploring-no-chill-brewing-117111/
Pitch the yeast when you get home.

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Old 06-30-2009, 01:54 AM   #9
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I would go with a belgian probably a tripel, pitch low and let the temp free rise.

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It's an RV trip. No river water or campfire boiling. I guess it's pretty much the same as doing it at home, except it gives me something fun to do while we are "camping".

I didn't think about the temp issue. Even if it's not hot, it's probably too hot. We are at low 60's today, but should rise again by weekend. Saying 70 on Thursday and 80 by weekend. I guess I better bring the swamp cooler!

Not worried about the ride home. It can slosh around a bit with no problems.

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