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Old 11-19-2012, 10:25 PM   #21
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I don't mind the colder temps - IF there isn't wind with 'em. Cold and windy will find me waiting for a better day to brew.

Yesterday was a spectacular November day here, bright blue sky, coolish but wind-free. I easily knocked out a pair of brews before the Patriots game started, an IPA with my home-grown Chinook, Cascade and Centennial hops, and a 1.116 OG imperial chocolate honey stout that I've split a gallon from to put on a feeding schedule to see where it ends up. I love science experiments!

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Agreed! Same conditions down here in Groton, CT. A very slight breeze every now and then. Awesome brew day. I only did one brew, though, an Irish red for SWMBO.
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Old 11-20-2012, 01:21 AM   #22
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We are still in the 50's and 60's here in the midwest around KC. great brewing weather. I'd much rather brew in this type of weather than any other.
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Old 11-20-2012, 01:25 AM   #23
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One brew day last year, the garden hose had frozen and I nearly couldn't use my CFC.

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Wow- you have a garden hose in the winter? That would be so awesome. I'm jealous.

I brew indoors because I hate those inconveniences- no water in the winter due to faucets freezing, cold temperatures, etc. But indoors the weather is always pretty good, and I have running water!
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Old 11-20-2012, 03:53 AM   #24
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Im in my garage brewing right now and its 42 degrees. Only hit a high of 53 today here in VA. Unbearable. Had to put on a jacket. (fist bump any Canadians out there)
Wait a couple months then come up this way and get a good dose of Great Lakes Cold. The damp kind that cuts right thru your wool coat and chills your bones. You will think 42 is a sauna

 
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Old 11-20-2012, 02:27 PM   #25
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Wow- you have a garden hose in the winter? That would be so awesome. I'm jealous.

I brew indoors because I hate those inconveniences- no water in the winter due to faucets freezing, cold temperatures, etc. But indoors the weather is always pretty good, and I have running water!
Well yeah, I'm in SC! It seldom goes below 32F around here.

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Old 11-21-2012, 01:29 AM   #26
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I'm actually in Fall Creek. Figured nobody could find it on a map. LOL. You in Black River Area?
LOL I use to have a lot of middle school basketball tournaments there. I'm near Trempealeau now

 
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Old 12-02-2012, 07:56 AM   #27
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Another from WI. I'd rather brew in the winter. I have an attatched garage so I open the doors to both the house and basement, fire up the burner and in no time it's comfy. To cool the wort I put the keggle in the snow outside the door with a garden hose hooked up to the chiller. I ferment in an unfinished basement with a wood furnace. With the vents closed I keep the basement in the lower 60's. If I want to go cooler I put the bucket or carboy close to the door that leads up into the garage (not heated) and crack the door open. I can get the temps nice and low and hold them steady as long as I keep an eye on things.

 
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Old 12-05-2012, 03:46 PM   #28
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It's either brew in the garage in the winter or run out of beer. Seriously, that's not an option. Although I'm finding I can't take the cold like I used to back when i was farming and was out in the weather every day. So I am on the process of setting up an electric brewery in the basement.

Cheesehed007 - I used to farm between Augusta and Foster, back in the day I drank my share of beer in Fall Creek. In the big city of Strum now.

 
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Old 12-05-2012, 04:11 PM   #29
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Canadian here, Alberta. I just do the mash, vorlauf and sparge all inside then set up the banjo burner in the garage with a nice gap under the door. It's still pretty warm from the burner and since I don't have a wort chiller I just micro pore tape the lid of the pot and stick it in a nice slush bath. The surface area from the snow makes it cool a lot faster than an ice bath in the summer. not hard or unpleasant at all, brewing in the great white north.
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Old 12-07-2012, 06:43 AM   #30
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Man, I love Southern California every day but brew day. I envy your groundwater temps.
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