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Mermaid 07-14-2012 05:16 PM

Outdoor brewing in summer
 
Okay... I'm gonna sound like a whiney little brat but do you guys actually boil wort outdoors when it's over 90 degrees outside?

I've been trying to schedule a brew day for the past month and every single weekend it's been in the 90s or higher here, and my patio / driveway (where I can set up my burner) doesn't get shade until late in the afternoon. I can't brew in my garage because the garage is below my neighbor's condo and I don't think that would be a wise idea... :drunk:

I'm thinking of just throwing in the towel on AG until the fall, and brewing a PM batch indoors so I can do my boil on the stove (in the air conditioning)..or doing AG but scaling back on the batch size (doing 3 gallons or so, so I can use the stove vs. 5 gallons where I would need my burner).

Am I crazy? Whiney? (yeah.. probably) What have other folks done who are in the same situation? It has been obnoxiously hot here in the midwest, and I'm getting annoyed.

Glynn 07-14-2012 05:19 PM

yes. i usually start in the morning around 9 am

unionrdr 07-14-2012 05:22 PM

Early morning would be better,as it's cooler till around 9 or 10am here.

Mermaid 07-14-2012 05:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Glynn (Post 4251228)
yes. i usually start in the morning around 9 am

Hmmmm.... I suppose I could let the mash sit overnight (I've done that before) and sparge in the morning so I could start my boil early enough in the day. Still, it's been stupid hot here (I'm in Schaumburg now - for some reason my profile still shows me being in MA) and my patio faces south - but that's worth some thought.

phenry 07-14-2012 05:25 PM

I just suffer through it. I always need a shower afterwards from being so sweaty. At least that gives me something to do while waiting for my wort to cool I guess.

nukebrewer 07-14-2012 05:27 PM

I typically wait until mid to late afternoon to start so it's cooled down enough by the time I'm ready to cool the wort.

November 07-14-2012 05:58 PM

I installed misters in the garage near my rig. Its awesome.

Glynn 07-14-2012 06:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mermaid (Post 4251242)
it's been stupid hot here

i feel your pain that week was brutal 7 days 98/105 degree days

MaltnHops 07-14-2012 06:09 PM

I usually start at around 6:30am when brewing in the summer. You'll be finished and cleaned up before noon. Then shower and crack a beer...or crack a beer and drink it in the shower.

MisterTipsy 07-14-2012 06:49 PM

If you have lived most of your life in the North, 90* and humid can be really oppressive. I'll brew when it's hot, but prefer it to be 30*-80*.


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