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Old 11-16-2005, 12:47 AM   #1
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Does anyone do all grain in the basement? gas or electric? ventilation?

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Nope, but I'd never try using propane. Some guys are using hot water tank element in their kettles. You'd need a way to evaporate all that humidity though.

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I have my HERMS all grain system in the basement. Electric for the Lauter tun and propane for the kettle.

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I ferment ales in the basement if the freezer is full of lager, but I'd never try using propane there. Just carrying 5.5g wort down into the basement in a glass carboy is enough excitement for me.

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I brew on my first floor which is sort of like a basement. From crushing my grain to kegging, I do it all there.

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I'm setting up my basement for brewing right now. I will be using heat sticks and for a little while I'll be opening the window and going with a big fan to help deal with humidity.

Later next year I may put in a range hood. I'm going to see how it goes at first, though I know moisture will be an issue.

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I brew right out back the walk out basement. I do most of the stuff inside and do the burner business outside. Though I do use the propane burner for a half hour or so inside while running off the mash. I just leave the door open, but have never had any sign of an issue from it since I started doing it that way in January this year.

But if I didn't have a walk out basement, I am not sure I'd want to do all that propaning in the basement. Though I may change my tune come winter!

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I brew in my basement, but after several all grain batches I'm worried about my HVAC ductwork. The cold air return duct over my brewing spot has far more visible handprints than anywhere else on the ductwork. I have not handled the ducts, and presume the condensation from brewing is getting to be more than the galvanizing can take. I don't want to rust those, so I'll be moving to the back of the basement by the door, where no ductwork is exposed. I also plan to open the door and use a fan for ventilation during the boil. A range hood would be really nice, but will have to be a bit further down the line.

I am using natural gas &/or heatsticks. I don't own any propane stuff.

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I have a walk out basement...not the dungeon style.

I brew all grain in my basement on a gas stove.

No hooded ventilation...I just open the door...

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Does anyone do all grain in the basement? gas or electric? ventilation?

Don't use gas without sufficient ventilation. I brew in my basement but I have a walk-out area that I have the burner set up just outside the door and everything else just inside the door. You could always throw a used home or commercial vent hood int he basement if you definitely want to do gas.

Electric has its own set of challenges with proper power supply and the risk of killing yourself if you don't know what you are doing electrically.
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