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Old 03-12-2012, 07:18 PM   #1
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How to brew in winter in the garage presents some problems. Biggest problem is using an immersion cooler without running water or a drain.

No problem in the summer, just run the garden hose and another one to drain out the back door. What do you do in the winter?


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Old 03-12-2012, 07:22 PM   #2
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I still use my garden hose. I collect the runoff in my mash tun & in another bucket to use for cleaning. And I drain the hose really well so it's not a block of ice next time.


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Old 03-12-2012, 07:25 PM   #3
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i circulate ice water through my IC using an aquarium pump http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...00_i00_details
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Old 03-12-2012, 07:46 PM   #4
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How to brew in winter in the garage presents some problems. Biggest problem is using an immersion cooler without running water or a drain.

No problem in the summer, just run the garden hose and another one to drain out the back door. What do you do in the winter?
just continue to run it out the back door on the lawn; although I do use a Kerosene Heater to keep the garage inside above freezing; then drain the hose afterwards....
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Old 03-12-2012, 08:28 PM   #5
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this winter i was able to brew a few times, but normally, i just don't brew much in the winter.
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Old 03-12-2012, 08:31 PM   #6
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It's a pain and adds some time to the brew day but I do everything the same except drain and coil the hose back up in the garage when done so it doesn't freeze, oh and some ice melt on the drive so my kids and wife don't slip and sue me!
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Old 03-12-2012, 08:59 PM   #7
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i half fill an extra large cooler the night before and let it sit out and freeze. When its time to chill i carry 10 more gallons of water and dump it in on the ice. I use a submersible pump to pump this through my IC.
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I use my hose periodically in the winter. If it is frozen, throw hot water on it. Once you get it flowing, dont turn it off. I would imagine that the freezing water would be great for wort cooling.
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It's been such a mild winter this year in the midwest I didn't really have to worry about it.
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Look into no-chill.


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