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Old 07-14-2012, 06:57 PM   #11
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i brew at night (7-midnight) but still wait for days when day temp is below 90 during day (then usually its in mid 70 when i brew at night) still in my garage with burner at full speed its above 100 anyway

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Old 07-14-2012, 07:08 PM   #12
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Our brewery has a screened in section for the actual boiling of the wort but the summer temps still get up to 125F inside. We're shutting down until Autumn and drinking some of the better craft brews...

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Old 07-14-2012, 07:18 PM   #13
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I would die in 45 minutes at 125*

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Old 07-14-2012, 07:23 PM   #14
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90? Lots of people here wait for cool weather like that.

Personally I crank the AC and put a fan on the kitchen counter. 5 gal full boil. It costs a couple bucks for the extra electricity. Totally worth it. Kitchen brewing for me.

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Old 07-14-2012, 07:34 PM   #15
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I start early, 7:00 AM if possible. If you can get things done the night before, do it. Anything you can do to help with shade will give some relief as well. Even if your only standing two feet into the garage with the brew gear right outside of that, it helps.

Things you can do the night before:

Mill grains
Prep brewing equipment
Make a batch of sanitizer and keep it ready
Get notes ready, and recipe ready and easily available
Pre measure hops into solo cups, and mark time on them, then store in the fridge until needed.

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Mash the night prior to brew day. There is a good writeup in the technique in several places. Check Gordon Strong's writeup for, "The Overnight Oven Mash." this will save a TON of time on the brew day, so you'll finish before its too hot.

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Old 07-14-2012, 09:03 PM   #16
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I would die in 45 minutes at 125*
I did die a couple of times.... We have a deck built on, it's shady and we sat out there when we were a bit younger. Just not worth the hassle now unless we catch a rain cooled day. In that case, we brew up 10 gals.
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Old 07-14-2012, 09:26 PM   #17
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Well, you could always move. It's rarely above 85 degrees here on a summer day

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Old 07-14-2012, 09:44 PM   #18
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I brew in my garage, the shade is nice, but I still run a fan since the boiling makes the humidity sky rocket. But I'd say 80+% of the brew process I'm inside with the AC, you don't need to be out there most of the time.

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Old 07-14-2012, 09:57 PM   #19
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Luckily shade comes quickly on the deck that I brew on. I did brew in our heat wave about a week ago, it was high 90's and brutal, but worth it.

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Old 07-14-2012, 10:24 PM   #20
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I usually brew in the garage and open up everything I can for the ventilation. I brewed a few days ago and it was over 90* outside. Probably around 100 in the garage. I don't mind the heat except that it took well over an hour to cool the 10 gal batch.

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