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Old 03-28-2013, 03:10 AM   #21
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Good show. I may do my first lager next winter.



 
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Old 03-28-2013, 03:20 AM   #22
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Old 03-02-2015, 03:43 AM   #23
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Is it wise to make a first post a resurrection of a thread? IDK. But here it is. I've made a few brews in my short experience and have surfed the forum a little. I'm making my first non kit beer, happens to be a lager (as opposed to the ease of the ales I've done) and gonna lager it in a snow bank in my yard. Unlike what has happened in this thread before, I will let you know if I fail or succeed. Maybe if I figure out how to post pics I'll show you how I buried my secondary under 5 feet of snow. Should be a consistent temp down there. Probably not the best "first" experiment in brewing but what the hell.

 
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Old 03-02-2015, 03:53 AM   #24
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Snow bank is a cool idea. I just pulled a Bohemian Pilsner out of the garage and it lagered perfect and crisp in this insanely cold New York winter we're having. Leaving it in the garage seems much easier than all that shoveling. Its next to the house but not well insulated. I assume it was 30s-40s there for about a month.

 
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Old 03-06-2015, 05:39 PM   #25
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I would go further and dig a hole in the ground big enough to fit your fermentation vessel, line it with plywood and put a wooden cover, then cover with snow.

That way the ground will regulate the temp better and you can keep a better control of accidental contamination or crushing.

 
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Old 03-13-2015, 12:08 AM   #26
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OP here, I've been out of the homebrewing loop for a long time but I figure I'll chime in on this --

The snowbank lager was a resounding success. Best lager I've ever made.

But the key was burying it IN the snow. Leaving it in a garage will work but you don't have the temperature control -- it might get too warm or too cold, more likely too warm. Burying it in some sort of contraption that allows airspace (like a garbage can or a box) would allow for it to get too cold very easily. The layer of snow around the beer is an insulator and keeps the temperature right at 32 degrees, and with enough snow on top then it wont go lower no matter what the ambient temp is and it wont get warmer as long as there is several inches of cover on top.

I wouldn't worry about the weight of snow crushing the carboy, they are designed to take a lot of pressure (from the inside out, granted, but still).

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Old 03-13-2015, 12:31 AM   #27
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I live in MN and lagered a doppelbock in my unheated breezeway this winter. A garage would work well too. I just used an stc-1000 and heat tape. It was all in a large cooler that only sees summertime use.

 
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Old 03-18-2015, 12:59 AM   #28
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Here's the burial. I apologize they're sideways. I'm computer dumb. ..well phone dumb
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Old 03-18-2015, 01:02 AM   #29
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I think there's enough snow on top and around. At least 5 feet what I figured

 
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Old 04-08-2015, 11:49 PM   #30
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Pulled it out of snow today to keg. In snow bank 2/28/15 out 4/8/15. Still liquid. Now a question? First time k egging too...go figure. Should I prime with dextrose or carb with CO2 so I can keep it cold? Any thought or info are greatly appreciated. I will post some pics later.



 
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