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Old 01-23-2008, 02:23 PM   #1
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I have to brew outside in the dark tomorrow night, which I've never done before. Is there anything I need to keep in mind? Boil overs aren't going to be an issue. I have to admit I won't be comfortable not being able to see everything, but its either that or no beer...


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Old 01-23-2008, 02:33 PM   #2
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Get a work light.... don't trip over the burner.. umm... dont freeze? Its supposed to be 22 tonight, 25 tomorrow night and snow.


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Old 01-23-2008, 02:36 PM   #3
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I brew outside at night much of the time. Its not any different from brewing during the day, really. I have pretty good lights on my deck so I can see everything. I do find that a small flashlight will help me read the thermometer. After the boil I take my pot inside to cool, transfer to primary, and pitch.

I usually wait until the morning to dump the spent grains in the compost pile. Its pretty dark and spooky in my yard at night...
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Old 01-23-2008, 02:37 PM   #4
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Let the neighbors know what you are doing, serious questions might arise if they see you standing over a boiling cauldron after midnight.

Seriously, I can't think of anything other than having plenty of light and keeping warm which were already mentioned.
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Old 01-23-2008, 02:39 PM   #5
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Stop at a sporting goods store and pick up a headlight. It will attach right to the brim of your cap.

 
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Old 01-23-2008, 02:39 PM   #6
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I will probably get the work light going since there are no other lights. I also have the head light already from hiking/camping. Staying warm shouldn't be an issue. I was just wondering how important it is to be able to see everything...
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Old 01-23-2008, 02:40 PM   #7
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Let the neighbors know what you are doing, serious questions might arise if they see you standing over a boiling cauldron after midnight.
It may be more fun to let them wonder what the hell is going on
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Old 01-23-2008, 02:55 PM   #8
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Practically all of my brewing sessions lately are done at least half after dark, since sunset is so early in the winter and I never get a real early start on brewing. Hasn't really been a problem for me, and all I use is a small flashlight.

How much of your brewing process is outdoors though? In my case, I have my propane burner outside to heat water and do the boil, but my mashing and chilling is done indoors, so there's not much hands-on work to be done outside.

 
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Old 01-23-2008, 03:02 PM   #9
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Funkenjaeger
Practically all of my brewing sessions lately are done at least half after dark, since sunset is so early in the winter and I never get a real early start on brewing. Hasn't really been a problem for me, and all I use is a small flashlight.

How much of your brewing process is outdoors though? In my case, I have my propane burner outside to heat water and do the boil, but my mashing and chilling is done indoors, so there's not much hands-on work to be done outside.
Thanks, that's assuring compared to my situation. I will be doing everything outside except mashing/chilling as well...
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Old 01-23-2008, 03:13 PM   #10
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Hey get one of those Spelunking (sp?) headlamps. A good one. That way you'll have it, and those things are INVALUABLE for many projects.


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