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Old 02-21-2011, 10:02 PM   #1
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Default Storing the brew rig outside in Canadian winter?

I was able to get the brew rig nearly complete.

The problem is that I don't have a garage or any room left in my shed to store this baby.

My goal is to pain this with high temperature and weather resistant paint and store it out on my deck with a tarp covering it from the cold Canadian temperatures.

I live in Nova scotia which is near the atlantic ocean on the east coast of canada so temperatures fluctuate rapidly between -20 and +4 every week deg C.

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Old 02-21-2011, 11:49 PM   #2
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It might not stay pretty, but I don't see how the cold could affect steel too much. I would worry about rust. Could you find a grill cover or a tarp or something to wrap it up in when not in use? I wouldn't really want it outside bare...

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Old 02-22-2011, 12:19 AM   #3
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Talk to me when you have brewed outside in a Canadian Winter.

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Old 02-22-2011, 12:28 AM   #4
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My wife and I cycled in Cuba last April. After two weeks the steel parts were orange with rust. I'd be a bit concerned with salt spray.

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Old 02-22-2011, 02:53 AM   #5
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Have you thougth about galvanizing the brew stand. I know couriers I work with galvanize everything. The cold won't affect steel, but the plastic cooler might have issues with thermoshock when brewing.

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Old 02-22-2011, 04:18 AM   #6
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Just paint it with Tremclad/Rust-o-leum and call it good.

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Have you thougth about galvanizing the brew stand. I know couriers I work with galvanize everything. The cold won't affect steel, but the plastic cooler might have issues with thermoshock when brewing.
I was only going to store the brew rig outside and cover it with a bbq tarp of some kind. The pots and mash tun will be stored indoors.
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My wife and I cycled in Cuba last April. After two weeks the steel parts were orange with rust. I'd be a bit concerned with salt spray.

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Although I live right on the coast the humidity and salt in the air is much higher in cuba
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Talk to me when you have brewed outside in a Canadian Winter.
Sadly, I have numerous times. Last time I brewed the water used for cooling the wort froze instantly as it hit the driveway and i almost fell and broke a leg.

LOL i just noticed you are from ontario. While we might not get the constant -20-30 temps like you do, ours fluctuates a lot which can lead to a lot of freezing and thawing in a short period of time, which has me more worried about condensation buildup, etc...

I regularly travel to Ottawa so I know how cold it can get up there.
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