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Old 03-30-2011, 07:30 PM   #1
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I'm switching to all grain. I live in Wisconsin & was wondering what everyone else does in the winter. I aaume you brew in the garage with the door open. What is the coldest outside temp you've brewed at? Do you ever go inside and(gulp) go back to extract?

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Old 03-30-2011, 07:42 PM   #2
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I was brewing outside in 24F temps.. would never go back to extract.. besides SWMBO won't let me brew in the kitchen anymore.. well... not since that one time I had a boil over and made a huge mess. Of course I live in Georgia.. so it doesn't get as cold as it does in Wisconsin. On teh other hand.. when stationed in North Dakota I was grilling steaks in the middle of winter and it was -10F

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Old 03-30-2011, 07:45 PM   #3
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I brew outside in winter on a deck, all the way down to -10F with no problems, evaporation rate goes up a little and thats all not to mention some discomfort. I mash BIAB in kitchen and boil wort on deck. I don't babysit my brew kettle, once is up to a boil I just leave it on its own checking back once in a while or to add hops.

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Old 03-30-2011, 08:06 PM   #4
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I brew at the front of my detached garage. I have brewed in 10F weather. I have a HERMS system so I just set it and I can monitor from inside the house for the mash portion. For boil I wait outside till for few minutes after first hop addition to make sure no boil over then just go inside and wait for timer to go off for next hop addition.

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Old 03-30-2011, 08:15 PM   #5
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I mash indoors and boil on the deck right outside the patio doors. I try to have a pretty full pipeline going into winter so I don't have to brew all that often.

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Old 03-30-2011, 08:17 PM   #6
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I have a brew setup in the garage. With a natural gas wall heater. So, no problems for me, I wear shorts and tee shirts in January. I usually leave the door cracked open, and sometimes will open the garage door a foot or two if I have both turkey fryers blaring. No need to be sleepy (or dead) while brewing.

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Old 03-30-2011, 08:18 PM   #7
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Well, Superbob, this fellow Cheesehead has brewed in weather that was cold enough to keep the kids home from school. Temps were about -11, with wind chills around -30 or so. Did that a few times. Just throw on some Carhartts and get out there and brew! I brew in my detached garage. It is not insulated, so that makes it drafty enough for me to feel comfortable brewing with the door closed, or maybe just open a crack.

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I mash indoors and boil on the deck right outside the patio doors. I try to have a pretty full pipeline going into winter so I don't have to brew all that often.
I've found it so much easier to brew during the winter. Easier to chill water, easier to ferment at correct temperatures, can basically brew lagers for 3 months by placing them in my laundry room.

I'm kind of not looking forward to summer (except to drink those lagers).
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Old 03-30-2011, 08:20 PM   #9
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I am a wimp...there I said it, I hate brewing outside when it's below zero. So, I made a 1500W heatstick, this supplements my gas stove nicely. I can bring 6 gal to a boil in about 20 min.

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Old 03-30-2011, 08:35 PM   #10
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Living in Edmonton, where days can get as cold as -30F, and rarely above 30F, it's too miserable to brew outdoors, even in a garage. My buddy and I gave up brewing outside in the winter.

That's why we went to an electric system in his basement. We've brewed more this winter than ever before. Love it!!

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