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Old 01-28-2012, 06:40 AM   #1
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Default Dont brew in -15 degree weather...

Everything was going GREAT. Was done brewing my newest IPA and started hooking up my chiller.

I hooked up the outside end of the hose last because it was so cold out. Now I have spigot insulators so this is not supposed to happen, but the knob would NOT turn... no problem I would just get my channel locks and get some more leverage. About 10 seconds later there I am looking at a sheared spigot knob in my hand.

Well that wasnt so cool but I dont flip out. I check the spigot out front and it works fine. After dragging the hose out front and getting everything ready, I turn on the water.... nothing happens. All of the water in the hose had FROZEN SOLID!

Well I try my best not to flip out again and decide to hook up the hose to the water heater to melt the ice inside.... well that didnt work, apparently there was not enough force and/or heat to overcome the ice. By now I was a little pissed off.

So my brewpot will not fit in my sink...or my cooler... my tub is up stairs... I decide to set it outside in the snow and -15 degree weather to cool it down(covered of corse)....no problem. That ends up taking forever, eventhough its cold as balls.

I end up syphoning multiple times with my mouth, everything was exposed for longer than normal conditions, I made a huge mess in the kitchen because I was tired of being outside. I pitch my yeast at 80 degrees.... worst brew day EVER.

If this ends up not being contaminated I would be surprised.
But heres to never doing that again! And hopes of the best IPA ever


Cliffs: Do not brew in -15 degree weather, nothing will go as planned. You will shear off your water spigot, contaminate your beer, and pitch at a high temp...

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Old 01-28-2012, 07:01 AM   #2
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please let us know how this batch turns out. may well be your best beer ever

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Usually when everything goes wrong the beer is great..

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Hope it works out ok. For what it's worth, maybe next time you have cold weather you can use your washing machine cut-off valves and hoses for the IC..

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My money on this is your best batch yet.

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just gonna throw it out there... Idk if ambients are really around during the dark bitter cold, you might be fine dude.

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Hope it works out ok. For what it's worth, maybe next time you have cold weather you can use your washing machine cut-off valves and hoses for the IC..
Washer is upstairs.... I think I will rig up something for my kitchen sink before my next sub zero brew session.

Thanks for all the support guys. I am really anxious to see what happens.
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At least you did not break the front spigot.

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Yahh well, every-one has one of those days...

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I need to go float in the pool after reading this.

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