Coldbreak Brewing Giveaway - Open to All!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Beer Discussion > Brewing in cold weather
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 11-24-2013, 08:55 PM   #1
Rockindaddy
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Rockindaddy's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 214
Liked 17 Times on 14 Posts
Likes Given: 9

Default Brewing in cold weather

We had a nice snow last night which I had anticipated in order to brew today. Some things I noticed that were definite advantages:

1) Easier to cool the wort down after boil with available snow!
2) Less chance of infection with freezing temperatures. (I think)
3) Was able to cool down my yeast starter faster.
4) Everything seemed to go faster with the cold weather.
5) Had fun watching football while brewing!

All in all it was a great day!

BTW: I was brewing a Brown Christmas Ale. Used 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon and 1 teaspoon of ground clove at 10 minutes left in the boil. I took a sip after my gravity reading and it tasted a little strong on the cinnamon. I'm hoping that dissipates after the fermenting.


Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_20131124_093846_586.jpg
Views:	396
Size:	38.4 KB
ID:	162255   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_20131124_095413_703.jpg
Views:	400
Size:	43.3 KB
ID:	162256   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_20131124_123130_094.jpg
Views:	405
Size:	30.3 KB
ID:	162257   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_20131124_111853_372.jpg
Views:	396
Size:	23.8 KB
ID:	162258   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_20131124_122015_670.jpg
Views:	396
Size:	29.3 KB
ID:	162259  

__________________
"He who laughs last..........thinks slowest!"
Rockindaddy is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-24-2013, 09:13 PM   #2
Hackwood
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Posts: 635
Liked 63 Times on 53 Posts
Likes Given: 119

Default

I too am enjoying the cooler weather. I'm in Phoenix so no threat or benefit of snow, but when using an immersion chiller and your ground water is 80-90degrees it takes time and an ice bath....... I brewed last night and easily shaved and hour off brew time with having the cooler weather and water.


__________________
Fermenting - Nothing.
Lagering - Nothing.
Secondary - Nothing.
Bottle-aging -Nothing.
In the Fridge - Brian's Best Bitter
.
Hackwood is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-24-2013, 09:16 PM   #3
And1129
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: San Jose, California / Washington
Posts: 98
Liked 12 Times on 8 Posts
Likes Given: 14

Default

I brewed outside in the rain last Tuesday! It didn't help me out very much, in fact I think it rained into my sparge water, but I felt very dedicated to my hobby!
And1129 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-24-2013, 09:30 PM   #4
timrox1212
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Dearborn, Michigan
Posts: 426
Liked 44 Times on 32 Posts

Default

Gotta love the weather here in Michigan. Going to be brewing outside on Friday and it will be in the 30's. Going to be fun! Gives me more reason to sample some older brews while brewing.
timrox1212 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-25-2013, 03:09 AM   #5
paperairplane
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: wv
Posts: 534
Liked 154 Times on 110 Posts
Likes Given: 65

Default

takes longer to get the water up to temp, but chilling with 40* hose water definitely speeds things up - down to 11F tonight here in WV
paperairplane is offline
Newsman Likes This 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-25-2013, 01:26 PM   #6
Arrheinous
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
 
Arrheinous's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Akron, OH
Posts: 684
Liked 103 Times on 71 Posts
Likes Given: 173

Default

Just make sure any plate chiller hoses remain dry and empty outside while you wait 60 minutes for the boil to finish in 20 degree weather.
Arrheinous is offline
Newsman Likes This 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-25-2013, 01:31 PM   #7
seph
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Augusta, Maine
Posts: 263
Liked 20 Times on 19 Posts
Likes Given: 145

Default

Yeah, I love winter brewing. Last winter, several times I had the fortune to have feet of snow piled up outside my basement door to drop my boil kettle into. It doesn't take long for it to sink down in and start cooling off. It can really make up for the time lost in getting the water/wort up to temp.
seph is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-25-2013, 01:39 PM   #8
Grannyknot
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Knoxville, TN
Posts: 989
Liked 152 Times on 108 Posts
Likes Given: 95

Default

So, on a related topic, we were standing outside brewing in the 24* temps yesterday and there was some debate about how colder weather effected boil off rates. I assumed colder temps would lead to more volume boiling off. My friend argued that it didn't matter. Anyone have the answer?
__________________
On Tap: Mt Hood Kolsch, Chocolate IPA
Secondary:
Primary: Mt Hood Kolsch
On Deck: Citra IPA, Little River Brown Ale , Sour Brown
Grannyknot is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-25-2013, 02:12 PM   #9
plumber_bob
Life gets in the way of brewing way too much!!!
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
plumber_bob's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Lebanon Jct., KY
Posts: 558
Liked 106 Times on 82 Posts
Likes Given: 306

Default

I brewed yesterday, 34 - 36* outside. As long as the wind stays down I don't do too bad.

Had to make an aluminum foil lid for the HLT and BK. Took a bit longer for the heat ups. But the speed in cool down made up for it.

I plan on more brewing during the nice days that are above 32*, than last year around this time. Last year I waited for 40+ temps before I'd brew. Pipeline ran dry a few times, and that sucked.

pb
__________________
“When we drink, we get drunk.
When we get drunk, we fall asleep.
When we fall asleep, we commit no sin.
When we commit no sin, we go to heaven.
So, let’s all get drunk, and go to heaven!”
— Irish Toast
plumber_bob is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-25-2013, 02:16 PM   #10
Arrheinous
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
 
Arrheinous's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Akron, OH
Posts: 684
Liked 103 Times on 71 Posts
Likes Given: 173

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Grannyknot View Post
So, on a related topic, we were standing outside brewing in the 24* temps yesterday and there was some debate about how colder weather effected boil off rates. I assumed colder temps would lead to more volume boiling off. My friend argued that it didn't matter. Anyone have the answer?
Typical boil-off rate has been 1.33 gal/hr. Yesterday was definitely 2 gal/hr so I'd have to say you get a boost.


Arrheinous is offline
justkev52 Likes This 
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Cold China Brew - Tips for Cold Weather Brewing beerspitnight All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 24 01-16-2013 04:40 AM
Cold weather brewing is... Zacharomyces General Beer Discussion 10 01-06-2010 07:12 PM
Brewing in Cold Weather permo General Techniques 13 10-20-2009 10:32 PM
Brewing outside in cold weather hopsoda General Techniques 4 01-21-2009 07:49 PM
Brewing in this cold weather is... Bulls Beers General Beer Discussion 6 11-11-2007 10:12 PM


Forum Jump

Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS