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Old 01-03-2010, 03:48 PM   #11
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You should be fine as long as there is moderate air flow (open door.) It would be wise to bring a carbon monoxide detector in with you but you shouldn't really need it. I would be more worried about all of the frost or condensation that might form? In my bro's garage, just turning on the heater will cause the air above the roof to drip water.

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Old 01-03-2010, 04:18 PM   #12
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I brew in the garage in winter, my only fear of dying is too much smell getting into the house (my wife is a mutant who thinks the smell of boiling wort is disgusting)

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Old 01-03-2010, 04:36 PM   #13
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Heatin' my water... not quite dead yet... Thanks guys!



Oh and BTW as far as smelly worts go, there is no doubt of the effect of worts on most SWMBO's if it were not the case I might be an indoor brewer, that said I will also say that the AG wort smells MUCH better than the extract wort.

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Old 01-03-2010, 04:55 PM   #14
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Can I brew in my open garage and be ok? Isn't the danger in a closed room that the propane will consume the O2?

Thanks![/QUOTE]

Ready for the really boring answer? The danger is not from the lack of O2 being used up by the burning propane. Like Bobby M and icefisherchris suggested the problem is CO (carbon monoxide). CO is a product of combustion and is toxic to the body. Here is the problem:
Oxygen attaches to your hemoglobin and is transported around the body for cell consumption. If we look at oxygen and carbon monoxide in terms of magnets, CO has a 300 times greater magnet than O2 and thus saturates all of your hemoglobin allowing no space for O2.
To make it simple one could say that you slowly suffocate. This happens a lot in colder climates where people turn on their stove to heat there house or bring in a charcoal grill etc.
Garage brewing can be done safely like others have posted. A well ventilated open garage should be very safe especially if you can open another window for some cross ventilation. A CO detector would be great as well. It's like a mine canary and will tell you when you are working in a safe environment or when to bail.
I know that the cold air outside is the issue. Coming from Santa Barbara CA we complain when it is 50 outside.
"There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad dressing" Sir Edmund Hillary

FYI...Best treatment for CO poisoning= Hyperbaric chamber, so if you are not near a spot where a lot of people scuba dive then you are out of luck.

Wow, that was a lot of useless info. I tried to explain it as easily as I could because the actual physiology is a little different but hopefully the point is made.

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Old 01-03-2010, 05:28 PM   #15
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Isn't there any danger of fire with the heat rising to the wood rafters? I hope not, because garage brewing would be so much nicer. -4 degrees here currently. I will definitely bring out a CO detector.

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Old 01-03-2010, 05:53 PM   #16
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Yes Jimgriz, and it bonds and doesn't let go like O2 does... Well it's windy as anything here and I'm burning just inside the open garage bay and both bays are open so I should leave with as many IQ points as I went in with, fingers crossed.. can't afford to lose too many more...

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Old 01-03-2010, 05:59 PM   #17
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Oh, that's good, cos they've got HBT wherever I've gone, and I'm allowed to brew.

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I brew in the garage in winter, my only fear of dying is too much smell getting into the house (my wife is a mutant who thinks the smell of boiling wort is disgusting)

Our wives must be related because mine says the same thing. I don't get it.
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Old 12-21-2010, 05:29 PM   #20
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alot of houses have propane heaters and they are still alive. Go for it.

Propane burns clean so there souldnt be a problem, if your pot is getting black carbon deposits on it then you need to worry, but I fried a turkey in the garage and my pot was black as night and carbon was caked on it when I was finished and I had no problems.

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