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Old 07-05-2009, 09:22 PM   #1
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Default Brewing in 100+ degree weather

We are entering our 3 rd week of triple digit highs here in Texas.

I'll be lighting the HLT at 4 AM tomorrow in hopes to finish up before it reaches 90 degrees.

Man is it hot. 104 in the shade.


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Old 07-05-2009, 09:34 PM   #2
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What's the status of the brew hut? Thought you had AC in there?


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Old 07-05-2009, 09:39 PM   #3
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I do, but it is not ready for brewing yet. I still need to build the brew rig and finish the inside. Money it tight at the moment, so that project is on hold. I have loads of beer making supplies, so I won't let that stop me from brewing.
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Old 07-06-2009, 02:14 PM   #4
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It was only in the 90s yesterday, but I brewed inside. Just a quick extract/steep Mild to replenish the session tap. I could always brew in the new garage, as I put a 4500 cfm swamp cooler in there. Need to duct some of the flow into the brewery.
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Yeah. Been there done that! The humidity from the boiler makes for a miserable time even with multiple fans running.

In the heat of summer I opt to brew at night when the air is much cooler but, it can still be a miserable time. If it's too hot and I am that low on beer, I'll just go grab an extract kit.
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Yeah. Been there done that! The humidity from the boiler makes for a miserable time even with multiple fans running.

In the heat of summer I opt to brew at night when the air is much cooler but, it can still be a miserable time. If it's too hot and I am that low on beer, I'll just go grab an extract kit.
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Driving to San Antonio every few miles was a huge burn patch. Probably a good 12 of them between San Marcos and 1604.

I need to finish my Jeep build but after working outside an hour or so the heat gets to me.
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No doubt, it is hot as hell....But, after a few beers, I mostly forget about it.

I brewed on Sunday and got some comments from a neighbor (walking his dog) when I ran my counterflow chiller at 5pm. I always hookup a sprinkler to the dirty end of the chiller instead of watering my driveway. Still, that didn't stop comments like "Man, you know we're in stage 2 water restrictions, right? What are you doing?".
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And you people LOVE the heat, or so you say. We just got done with 4 days of 90+ weather, and it's back to 60º for the next long while. That was most of our summer right there.
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Old 07-07-2009, 05:30 PM   #10
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Yeah, we put up with a couple of hot months, but then again, we love our sunny January & February days in the 80s.


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