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Old 11-29-2013, 07:14 PM   #21
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That's about -8 F. Couldn't let that stop me or I'd have to start buying beer. It's almost 10 F now & I'm 15 minutes into boil. Little over an hour or so I'll back in front the wood stove.
oh i'll be outside all weekend. trapping season here and the last few weeks of archery for whitetail.

just don't like running the garden hose out and having gear freeze up. i brewed tons this fall so i'm stocked up like a squirrel!!

Good luck with your brew!!
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Old 01-03-2014, 05:43 PM   #22
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Its about 14 F out here, and I'm thinking of brewing tomorrow, or maybe Sunday. I don't have a burner, but did get a brew kettle for Christmas. The kettle is too big for the stove, so my wife agreed to getting the burner. So, I'll get that today. Is there any certain concern for using one in the garage over the winter?
I plan on using it on the deck in the yard in the summer.

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Old 01-03-2014, 06:59 PM   #23
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Phffft! I brewed on Wednesday and it was -4° F (-20° C). :P I did exactly what you're describing, running my burner in my garage with the door OPEN. Those fumes need to be able to escape.

That said, there are several issues to be aware of when brewing when it's that cold. Keep much of your equipment indoors until you need it. Specifically, if you use an electronic scale to weigh your hops, the battery will freeze and the scale will not work, so keep it warm until you need it. Your hoses will be much more stiff and rigid as they cool down, so keep them inside until it's time to set up your chiller. If you use a garden hose, bring it inside the night before so that any ice inside of it will have time to melt by brew day. I even keep my pumps and chiller inside, in case there is any water/ice inside of them that will prevent me from getting a flow started at a crucial point in brewing.

Valves may clog with ice. For example, I have a little bucket with a ball valve on it that I use to prime my lines before starting my pump. When I brewed on Wednesday, the valve was clogged with ice. I had to poke it with the temperature probe of my turkey fryer's thermometer to clear it. A little water got spilled, and buckets froze to the floor. Your hands will get cold, so keep them dry and wear gloves for as much of the process as possible.

On the bright side, get ready for the fastest post-boil wort chilling of your life.

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brew in the winter all the time. I use the snow outside as a nice coolant when I'm cooling down my wort. works very well

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-4 F here and I'm starting to crush grains. Will boil outside. This what I'll need to do to keep a supply of Homebrew over the winter in the Adirondack Mountains.
Brewed my first AG yesterday in 14 degree temps outside. Had to swap propane tanks midway through the boil cause the first one was all frosty and not pumping out enough gas. All things considered I did pretty well. Hit my OG of 1050 and its bubbling away as we speak.
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