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Old 01-04-2010, 12:25 PM   #11
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Got down to -4F here in balmy E Central IL last night (well, Saturday night). No brewing going on here, no way to do the chilling.....strange to say. I could always come back indoors and do extract, but I don't really need the beer, still have plenty in the pipeline from the Fall.

Anybody have any special tricks or tips to advance for brewing in these temperatures? I suppose no-chill would be the first thing to consider....
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Old 01-04-2010, 02:23 PM   #12
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Brewed in Northeast PA on Sunday. Brewed inside and chilled outside. Putting some water in a wheel barrow was the better than any wort chiller money could buy. 212 to 75 in 6 minutes. I love cold weather brewing. Well except for the disposing of the water. I dumped it out on my patio and made a beautiful ice skating rink. I guess you've got to take the good with the bad.

 
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Old 01-04-2010, 08:30 PM   #13
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I brewed a stout outside during the blizzard about 2 weeks ago. I was under my deck, which has some small barricades on either side, so there was some coverage. It was fun, though! I'm hoping the random few snowflakes that made their way into the kettle will give it that little extra something

 
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Old 01-04-2010, 09:41 PM   #14
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I've got a brewday planned for Thursday (an as-yet unnamed IPA), and the forecast calls for a high o' 20*. I'll be in the (unheated) garage, so the wind shouldn't be an issue, but still damn cold. Good tunes, a couple o' homebrews, it'll all be good.

 
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Old 01-04-2010, 10:10 PM   #15
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Got down to -4F here in balmy E Central IL last night (well, Saturday night). No brewing going on here, no way to do the chilling.....strange to say. I could always come back indoors and do extract, but I don't really need the beer, still have plenty in the pipeline from the Fall.

Anybody have any special tricks or tips to advance for brewing in these temperatures? I suppose no-chill would be the first thing to consider....
That's what I was thinking (no-chill) until I read some of the other posts about the water from the chiller freezing on the driveway. When it's that cold do you even need a chiller? I was planning on doing an extract brew tomorrow night and just sticking it out in the snow to let it cool. It's supposed to be in the single digits before the wind chill here. So I figured out there in snow with negative wind chill would do a pretty good job of cooling it down. Should I stick to the chiller or am I good with the weather?

EDIT: Nevermind, didn't see kochers reply. I'm stickin her in the snow!


 
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Old 01-04-2010, 10:15 PM   #16
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in the Delaware/Philly area. It was effin effin today!

We made a stout in the 20 degree weather with 40mph gusts.
The discharge from the wort chiller instantly froze to the driveway!

just curious

Yes, but I'm doing it inside as a stovetop all-grain 2.5 gallon batch. My condo is heated by hot wort...

 
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Old 01-04-2010, 10:15 PM   #17
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Probably didn't need the chiller, but I am a noob, this was my 2nd batch and the first with a chiller... I was using the chiller no matter what!
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Old 01-05-2010, 12:16 AM   #18
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This cold weather is killing me! I'm going to risk it and boil my next batch right by my front door with the ceiling fan on. I've gotten horrible boils for my last 2 batches.

 
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Old 01-05-2010, 03:16 AM   #19
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When the urge to brew strikes and it's in the single digits or lower, I'll brew 1-gallon test batches on the stove top. I love to brew, but I like being warm, too...

 
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Old 01-05-2010, 04:36 AM   #20
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I brewed saturday, when i started it was 7 or 8 above 0. Actually did two batches that day. It sucked for brewing...but i loved every minute of it.

 
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