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Old 06-01-2012, 06:49 PM   #1
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Default Brewing outside??

Going to grab a propane burner this weekend as I really want to do full boils. Here's my question/questions:

1. Do you risk more contamination doing this outside?
2. Do I do ALL steps outside (i.e. boil, cool down using a wort chiller, transfer to fermentor, agitating and yeast pitch?

It just seems that doing all of this out side really ups the possibility of contamination, however, I can't see myself hauling a full 5 gallon boil from my deck into the house after boil for all the remaining steps.

Any help here would be greatly appreciated!


PS - totally unrelated....anyone ever combine sorachi hops with simcoe hops?


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Old 06-01-2012, 07:01 PM   #2
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I've been brewing on my patio ever since I went from a house to an apartment. Its covered, but not as ideal as brewing in a garage. Still, i've never had any issues with contamination, although you still run the risk I suppose. I do move my brew kettle inside immediately after the boil though, and chill it down/whirlpool/etc, which I would highly encourage you doing as well. After the boil, there's very limited exposure to anything that could cause an infection (no more than brewing inside). Just my thoughts.


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Old 06-01-2012, 07:05 PM   #3
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That is what a lid for your kettle is for..
I cut a notch for my Imersion chiller, just after I add whirlflock I put the sanitized (starsan spray bottle) on kill the heat and chill... Yep you run greater risk but when it is 80 outside I would rather be boiling out there than heating the house and causing funk..
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Old 06-01-2012, 07:10 PM   #4
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I would say most brewers brew outside. No issues with contamination. Just because I live in an apartment, upstairs, here's what I do:

Mash and boil on my patio (turkey fryer), then move the boild wort to the kitchen sink, where I hook up my IC with a faucet/gardenhose adaptor. Everything from then on is inside, but that's not because of contamination, it's because of my process. I guess you could say hot-side outside, cold-side inside for me.

I also occasionally heat my strike and sparge water on my gas range, but not always. Depends on how I'm feeling, I guess.
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Like one of the other responders I have a notch cut in the lid to my boil kettle. Very little space for things to get in. I suppose I could also put some tinfoil over the notch to completely cover it but it hasn't been necessary so far.

I drain directly from my covered kettle through a tube connected to a nipple on the lid of my fermentor, so I feel good that nothing will get in.
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Old 06-01-2012, 07:46 PM   #6
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I brew in the garage. I'd prefer to just be out on the patio, but we typically have >15 mph winds ALWAYS, with some days above 35 mph. I don't really fancy making a dirt beer, so garage it is.
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I simply don't worry about it. Never had an issue.
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Awesome feedback as usual! Gotta love homebrewing! You guys and gals are great! Thanks for the tips!

I think I will simply put some sterilized foil over any openings with the lid on over the wort chiller. I think I will be fine.

By the way....brewing my own recipe next week....Red Warrior IPA. Deep red beer with lots of Warrior hops and a touch of sorachi hops. I will keep you all posted!
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Old 11-26-2012, 11:48 PM   #9
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+1 on the sterilized foil. That method has seriously increased my confidence in fending off contamination whether I'm brewing inside or outside. I cover the lid gap and the opening to the carboy as I'm transferring.
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I brew in my garage.....but, my brew pot and burner are just outside the garage.....no worries....unless real windy...then you might have issue....


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