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Old 07-06-2011, 07:50 PM   #1
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Is there a safe way of brewing indoors? I've read a lot about co2 and I'm concerned that I won't be able to set up in my basement

 
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Old 07-06-2011, 07:51 PM   #2
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If you are using propane or natural gas indoors, you need a CO detector and adequate ventilation. You can also use an all-electric system and not worry about CO.
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Old 07-06-2011, 07:57 PM   #3
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I just started brewing outdoors and I'm going to have to say it's pretty awesome just being able to hose down everything to clean it. Of course the summers are awesome here in Duluth, but winter is another story.

 
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Old 07-06-2011, 07:57 PM   #4
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Is there a safe way of brewing indoors? I've read a lot about co2 and I'm concerned that I won't be able to set up in my basement
You don't have to worry about CO2. CO is what you would worry about if you are using an outdoor (i.e. propane) burner. In order to use a propane burner indoors, which isn't recommended, you'd need a lot of ventilation and a CO detector.

Otherwise, I think most people on this board brew indoors without an issue on their stoves.

 
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Old 07-06-2011, 08:01 PM   #5
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Electric is also a great alternative for indoor brewing such as Ace mentioned.
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Old 07-07-2011, 01:04 AM   #6
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IMO you only live once, propane is for outdoors

 
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Old 07-07-2011, 02:10 PM   #7
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During bad weather I use a 1500W heatstick in conjunction with my stove. It works great.

 
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Old 07-07-2011, 02:13 PM   #8
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I do 10 gallon batches on my stove. Split into 2 kettles of course.

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Old 07-07-2011, 02:35 PM   #9
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There has been a lot of discussion about this. I am building a brewing room in my basement as I pan to upgrade from the current 3 gallon set up to 10 gallons. My propane kitchen stove struggles to boil the 4 gallons or so already, so 10 gallons in the kitchen is not feasible. Outdoors is not an option as I would be unable to brew in Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar, and possibly April and to me not acceptable. I do not have a garage. I plan on using propane becuase the cost of the electric build is twice that of propane and propane will cost less to actually run due to the high cost of electricity in my area and natural gas is not available where I live. Propane can be used indoors safely but you must have indoor rated burners. My research indicates that the high pressure burners are not indoor rated (at least the ones I have found) and should be used outdoors only. Low pressure burners are rated for indoor use are more efficient in burning propane just not as hot (70,000 BTU from Agra-Supply). The room you use must have an exhaust fan capable of exchanging the air in the room completely once ever 5 minutes. I would recommend two fans one bringing fresh air in from outside and one exhausting air outside. Fresh air in vent must be higher than the exhaust vent. Since CO and CO2 and propane are heavier than air the exhaust vent must be lower but not at floor. 24 to 36 inches up from floor is good. Fresh air in is best at or near the ceiling. In vent must be fresh air from the exterior and the exhaust must vent to the exterior. Separate the outside vents as much as possible, keeping the exhaust downwind if possible for the prevailing wind direction. Proper research and planning are needed but propane can be used inside safely. A CO and CO2 detector are needed as is a Class C 4kg fire extinguisher. Also never leave a lit burner unattended and if you use portable tanks, remove them to the exterior when not directly in use.

I will be posting picture os brew room build very soon.
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Old 07-07-2011, 02:40 PM   #10
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I do 10 gallon batches on my stove. Split into 2 kettles of course.

Propane Stove or Natural Gas?
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