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Old 12-12-2013, 09:36 PM   #1
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So it's that time of year again and here in Michigan it's almost single digits. I've brewed on semi comfortable days in years past without issues.

I just moved into a new home and my wife doesn't want pipes to freeze so we've turned off the spigot outside.

Have any of you just put the lid on the kettle and left it outside for a bit to cool off to pitching temps? Not in the snow but just on the driveway? And if so, any noticeable issues or off flavors or funkiness?

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Old 12-13-2013, 12:24 AM   #2
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If you have an immersion chiller it's really easy to chill. Have a bucket half full of water that you leave outside to freeze. On brew day top off with water and use an immersable pond pump to circulate cold water. When you're done, dump half your chiller bucket and let it refreeze

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Old 12-13-2013, 12:33 AM   #3
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I havent done it, but I don't think you'll hurt anything. I do think it will take hours for a full keggle of hot wort to cool down.

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i used to leave my kettle outside in the snow. didn't work at all.

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I just open the isolation to the outside faucet when I need it since the only thing I use it for is brewing and then shut it again when I am done. Haven't had any issues with frozen pipes thus far.

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If you have an immersion chiller it's really easy to chill. Have a bucket half full of water that you leave outside to freeze. On brew day top off with water and use an immersable pond pump to circulate cold water. When you're done, dump half your chiller bucket and let it refreeze
I just looked on harbor freight for a submersible pump for this system. Looks like a great idea and would help. If I could rig it to recirculate my mash that'd be awesome.
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Winter water is awesome - just in a tub, no ice I can chill in about 15 minutes with 40* ground water.

Snow insulates, won't work just throwing in a snow bank. I cold crashed in my garage last night and have a corny on tap in there sitting on floor - for the next almost 3 months I have a walk in!

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My last too 5 gallon batches I left to cool on the garage floor overnight and pitched the. Next day. Not ideal at all but it was well below zero and I was too tired and drunk to mess with the hose outside. End result is totally drinkable but not as clean and could have used a secondary or more time than I gave it (2 weeks) until kegged

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My main concern is turning my driveway into an ice rink. I may set my BK in my ferment freezer overnight to bring it down to pitching temp.

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My main concern is turning my driveway into an ice rink. I may set my BK in my ferment freezer overnight to bring it down to pitching temp.
Meaning because of runoff water? Just run a hose somewhere convenient.
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