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Old 11-30-2012, 10:49 PM   #1
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I live in Minnesota and am new to home brewing. Does anyone living in a cold climate have tips or tricks to lagering over the winter without using a chest freezer? I'd like to get some lagers going and I'm wondering if leaving the fermentor in my garage would get too cold, and if it will, will a wrap of some kind keep it warm?

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Old 11-30-2012, 10:52 PM   #2
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...well...We've brewed a lager in the basement last winter. Ambient temp was about 55* which I think was on the higher end for that strand. We didn't really lager but just let it sit in the coldest corner of the basement which I think eventually dropped to 50*. Tough thing about outside is the temp swings. It might be good for a day but then it might drop to -25* so you never know.

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How did the basement lager turn out? 50-55 degrees is achievable in my basement.

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I live in MN as well. I use a heated/cooled conical for lagers. I'd be too afraid of freezing otherwise.

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How did the basement lager turn out? 50-55 degrees is achievable in my basement.
It turned out pretty decent. Didn't have any real noticeable flaws. I'm sure it could have been better with proper equipment but for a first ever lager it wasn't bad. It was Northern Brewer's Miabock with Bohemian Wyeast which ferments up to 58*.
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