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Old 10-12-2007, 03:26 PM   #1
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I've been brewing on my patio recently, but with the cold Minnesota winters approaching, I'll be moving to my garage. But I don't have a spigot in my garage. If you brew in your garage, where do you get your water in the winter? I'm mainly thinking for cooling, to hook up to the CFC or immersion cooler.

So far, the only thing I've thought of is to use Edwort's setup and have a tub full of ice water and circulating that with a pump. I'd really prefer not to use an outside hose. A few years ago, I left a hose hooked up over the winter and that led to a pipe bursting in my basement.

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Old 10-12-2007, 03:39 PM   #2
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It doesn't get nearly as cold here...but cold enough to create problems.

I use the outdoor spigot but keep my hose in the garage until brew day.

Never leav a hose hooked up to the spigot once there is the risk of a hard freeze.

The good news is...your ground water will be so cold, your wort will chill in a heartbeat.

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Old 10-12-2007, 03:42 PM   #3
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Unless your carrying out pots full of water to brew with and then taking your kettle inside to chill, I don't see how you can get away without having a hose outside.

If you just make it part of your routine to always go and shutoff the valve to the outside spigot when your done you shouldn't have to worry about the pipes bursting.

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Old 10-12-2007, 03:52 PM   #4
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I use outside spigot water but with RV drinking water hose and an RV filter in line.

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Old 10-12-2007, 04:14 PM   #5
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I too have to figure this one out. I ran a line out to my driveway through my garage so I have a source to tap in to. The garage only gets down to 45F in the winter so I don't have to keep shutting it off in the basement after each session. I might actually run a hot line out there as well for cleanup.
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Old 10-12-2007, 04:26 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by DesertBrew
I use outside spigot water but with RV drinking water hose and an RV filter in line.
+1. Works great for me.

If I was brewing without access to water, I would use the recirculating chilling method, plus I would have all my water in 5 gallon water jugs ready to go.

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Old 10-12-2007, 04:28 PM   #7
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Install a mop/util sink. I did that in my mudroom, and it's been a boon not just for brewing but for cleaning all sort of things. The standard faucets that come with those things have a standard garden hose male connection on the end of the outlet, so you can hook your hose directly to it.
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Old 10-12-2007, 05:46 PM   #8
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I carry it into the kitchen. That's one reason I only do 5g batches.


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Old 10-12-2007, 06:29 PM   #9
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I installed a central vacuum system in my house and I have a few of the connection boxes left.

I was thinking of installing three of those in my garage on the the wall by the basement. I can then run a hose in and out for my CFC and a hose to a carboy in the basement. No more carrying a carboy up and down the stairs.

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Old 10-12-2007, 06:34 PM   #10
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You could run a hose from a utility sink in your house to the garage. Just make sure you have some way to turn it off at the garage end as well.

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