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Old 12-21-2010, 04:35 PM   #21
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just did a 20 gallon batch in the garage Sunday. Got lucky when I bought this house (commercial property) came with a 30x40 ft heated garage, complete with ceiling vent/fan that sucks the fumes right out. ran a hose from basement sink to the shop for the wort chiller. perfect brew day with temps in the teens

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Old 12-21-2010, 04:58 PM   #22
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just did a 20 gallon batch in the garage Sunday. Got lucky when I bought this house (commercial property) came with a 30x40 ft heated garage, complete with ceiling vent/fan that sucks the fumes right out. ran a hose from basement sink to the shop for the wort chiller. perfect brew day with temps in the teens
Thats awesome I wish I had something like that.
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Old 12-21-2010, 04:59 PM   #23
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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.
I would be careful with frying a turkey in the garage; my bro-in-law almost burned his down. Oil spilled onto the burner; there are still burn marks on the ceiling from the flames. Dang fire extinguisher ruined the trukey.
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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.
The condensation was my worry also this past weekend. I opted to brew outside in the light rain/snow. I didn't want all of the steam to collect on my drywall ceiling and rot it or at least mold/mildew it.
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I brew/work in my garage with the door about halfway up in the winter, sometimes running a propane construction heater, and so far nothw.elk;a,;acxxcjl;af

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I brew outside in my detached uninsulated garage. First, I run a kerosene torpedo heater (construction, as Baron calls it) for about 30 minutes to take the chill out of it, but once the HLT and BK burners turn on the kero heater isn't really needed... 200k btu of propane burner does a good job as a heater, too.

For ventilation, I have 20 feet of ridge vent and soffit vents and keep two windows (opposite sides of the garage, to get some cross) open a couple of inches. Digital CO/Gas leak detector never goes above zero, and I have a backup CO (non-digital, just a noisemaker... yes, I'm paranoid) that has never gone off either.

I prefer 70 and low humidity over the cold, but I prefer the cold over 95 and humid any day!

edit: CO is nothing to screw around with, it will make for an unpleasant day... but I think people (myself included) tend to be a little overly cautious. 20 years ago most of us would have done this in a garage without a second thought... nobody had a CO detector in their house. Now we're just conditioned to be afraid of CO, and that's a good thing.

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Old 12-21-2010, 06:52 PM   #27
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you'll be fine. I set my system up just inside the garage door when I brew. never had a problem

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I brewed in my garage a long time before I set up my indoor brewshop.

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Old 12-21-2010, 08:56 PM   #29
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here's a short vid of sunday brewing in my garage - just click on the pic

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I just finished doing 2-5 gallon batches in my garage today. No doors or windows open, just normal garage roof vents. I had my CO detector sitting a few feet from the burner and it never moved off 0. I know that CO is nothing to mess with (my Dad's cousin died from CO in a corn processing facility), but I think that we are more worried about it than we have to be.

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