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Old 09-08-2012, 03:07 AM   #1
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Default Indoor brewing with no vent hood

I just moved to a new basement apartment, and the stove doesn't have a vent hood. Will this be an issue for steam? Will I be creating an environment for mould? Any ideas of what i can do? Would a dehumidifier be enough? Or am I just over-paranoid?

I'll be doing small batches (4g), I don't know yet what my boil-off will be, my brewing equipment is still in transit from my last apartment.

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Old 09-08-2012, 03:37 AM   #2
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You're fine. I brewed biab in my apartment for two years with no mold issues.

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Old 09-08-2012, 03:44 AM   #3
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No hood = good deodorizer

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Old 09-08-2012, 03:54 AM   #4
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I don't know if it was due to my brewing, about 6 batches inside before getting a turkey fryer and moving to the garage, but since then I have peeling paint on my kitchen ceiling. I have been in the house for 12 years and started brewing July a year and 2 months ago.

The funny thing is that it is 4 feet to the right of the stove. No mold or mildew though.

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How big is your brew space?

With no ventilation it could get pretty muggy in a small space.


I bet cracking the door and using a fan would take care of any excess humidity.

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Old 09-08-2012, 12:20 PM   #6
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Do you have an exhaust fan in the bathroom? Open a window in the kitchen & turn the fan on. I do this when I brew inside.

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I don't have a vent hood in my kitchen, but we do have 10 ft ceilings and a ceiling fan...

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I would not worry about it at all especially with your ceilings and a ceiling fan. I would not recommend having the fan on when you transfer the wort to the fermentor for fear of dust/dirt/germs getting into the bucket. I don't even use my vent in my kitchen when I brew and I have never had any issues. There is not that much of a boil off anyway. I do a full boil of 5.5 gallons and I typically lose about .5 gallons. Thats not enough to cause any issue IMHO.

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Thanks for all your opinions everyone. I just wanted to make sure, and settle my fears.

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LOL...I'd put some exhaust in. Cheap as can be, but the only basements I've been in out here (west coast) are damp. I'm imagining it's damp where you live. I believe the answer is: Yes. You are inviting mold.

Sorry to dissent. You probably will be fine if you can crack a door and get a fan going. But I own, so I generally try to fix stuff the way I want it. Is there a window or vent nearby? maybe a single fan drawing air into that vent with a door cracked insures you'll have no problems?

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