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Old 06-22-2012, 12:57 PM   #11
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Maybe the guy has some past experience that gave him the wrong impression about brewing. I don't think you need to mention the boiling times and steam output. It's no different than making soup.
How did he happen to see you fermenting beer, anyway?

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Old 06-22-2012, 01:01 PM   #12
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You said he "came home". Does he live with you?
Basement. He works out of town and comes home 1-2 times a month. This year, his work is moving closer, so he will be home more frequently.
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Old 06-22-2012, 01:02 PM   #13
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Maybe the guy has some past experience that gave him the wrong impression about brewing. I don't think you need to mention the boiling times and steam output. It's no different than making soup.
How did he happen to see you fermenting beer, anyway?
Left it out in the basement (finished laundry room), where the temp is right for brewing without supercooling the main floor and paying a fortune in air-conditioning.
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Old 06-22-2012, 01:04 PM   #14
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There's no rent control in Chicago, and the lease is up in a month. He could potentially add it to the next lease that I'm about to sign.

I couldn't have picked a better time to start brewing again and him to find out.

I really like the guy and I'd hate to burn a bridge. He's an EXCELLENT land lord. Best I've ever had. Really don't want to be forced to move this coming month with a broken knee to boot.
Yep, bad timing. If you have to use the garage then you can maybe use something like this assuming you have outlets in the garage to power it:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/new-...-build-102846/

I was going to also suggest the "son of fermentation chamber" but it appears all the images are broken
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/son-...chamber-13586/
It worked by basically building a foam box, with a small fan the cycles air over frozen water bottles.
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Old 06-22-2012, 01:06 PM   #15
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He can't prevent you from making beer unless you agreed to not make beer in the lease*.

*This assumes you make beer safely and lawfully.

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Old 06-22-2012, 01:10 PM   #16
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He can't prevent you from making beer unless you agreed to not make beer in the lease*.

*This assumes you make beer safely and lawfully.
Correct. The lease is up in a week though, which leaves room to change it.
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Old 06-22-2012, 01:13 PM   #17
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Yep, bad timing. If you have to use the garage then you can maybe use something like this assuming you have outlets in the garage to power it:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/new-...-build-102846/

I was going to also suggest the "son of fermentation chamber" but it appears all the images are broken
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/son-...chamber-13586/
It worked by basically building a foam box, with a small fan the cycles air over frozen water bottles.
I remember seeing that a while ago. Good option, thanks for the reminder.
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Old 06-22-2012, 01:18 PM   #18
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it was on my mind because I was thinking of doing the same thing. Summer is hitting hard here in Texas so even inside is going to be too warm to properly ferment.

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Old 06-22-2012, 01:24 PM   #19
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It's no different than making soup.
Adding this line to the document. Thanks!
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Old 06-22-2012, 01:24 PM   #20
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It sounds like you have a good relationship with your landlord, or at least one where he might listen to you. Many people have some pretty crazy ideas about what happens when we make beer. You should check out some of the threads that discuss the crazy things people say like comparing brewing beer to meth labs. I'd be willing to bet that if you carefully explain to him what happens when you brew and how precise you are with your process, he will see reason and allow you to brew.

If not, since you're in Chicago, you could always join CHAOS brew club. They have a brewhouse with fermentation space on Grand Ave that members can use for a small fee (I think it's $5/ brew). I'm thinking of joining up myself.

If you're looking at fermentation chambers, as the above posts have suggested, I'd like to show you mine. It's slightly different from most of the designs I've seen because I needed to adapt it to small storage space for Chicago apartments.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/ferm...resent-319701/

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