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Old 09-21-2009, 06:13 PM   #1
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Default Does anybody brew outside in the winter?

With cold weather looming on the horizon, I wanted to find out who here brews in the winter. I'm currently an extract brewer who brews on a kitchen stove. However, I'm in the process of putting together an all grain setup which will require me to brew outdoors.

Is it hard to reach/maintain a good boil with a propane burner when the weather is cold (Philly area winters)? I dont mind standing outside, I just dont want to lose boil efficiency. Same for the mash.

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Old 09-21-2009, 06:15 PM   #2
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the winter is when i do the most brewing
its too hot in the summer
and i can put a coat on.

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Old 09-21-2009, 06:37 PM   #3
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Well, I have not really brewed in the dead cold of winter, but now I have a garage and a full AG setup, so we'll see. I would actually consider setting brewing aside for a couple of months if need be.

Or I could brew smaller experimental batches on the stove...

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I plan to brew more in the winter. The ground water is colder for chilling.

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Old 09-21-2009, 06:39 PM   #5
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Guilty as charged. Cooling can be tricky with hoses and the like, but a little planning and forethought takes care of that.

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Old 09-21-2009, 06:43 PM   #6
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You'll be ok, depending on your burner. I haven't tried, but one one of the "stovetop AG" threads, they spoke of insulating your kettle, which might be just what you need.

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Doesn't everybody brew when it's 65° F outside?
















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Oh - and if you can mash indoors, you'll be less susceptible to temperature loss to ambient.

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Old 09-21-2009, 06:55 PM   #9
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Yes. In my garage. But, once the MLT is heated to rest temp teh garage is nice and toasty if not a bit drafty. I keep a CO detector and a cracked door and have never had a problem.

I do love the cold water temps too. Makes it so easy to drive that kettle down quick.

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Old 09-21-2009, 06:57 PM   #10
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I was planning on getting the Bayou sp-10 burner.

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