+1Another reason is because many people like to have certain beers in certain seasons and sometimes that means looking down the road a little to know if you want an Oktoberfest, you need to get started now.
Wow that's cool! Whichever is cheaper I will do! I can get to -12* F in my garage.To keep your fermenter warmer, you can place it inside a cooler or plastic tote filled with water, and add a cheap aquarium heater to warm the water, which will warm the wort.
You can also purchase a "Brew Belt" that wraps around the fermenter and keeps it warm.
Well we had a really wierd winter here in Seattle. It's not normally that cold. I'm thinking of getting my first batch going in at the end of march begining of april so it wil be warmer then. Wondering if I should still start with a Lager...Wow, -12 F. You going to need a lot of heat.
Ale's ferment between 60-75, so you might want to try a lager if at all.
Keeping it in the garage was not my idea. My mother just doens't want the house smelling like hops for a month or two (or constantly) and since it is her house I must respect that.Surely you can find a little bit of space in your house to put a tiny little 5 gallon fermenter...... no?? Sometimes we all have to make sacrifices, throw out some food and make room for the beer.......
You'd be lucky if it smelled like hops. More often than not it will smell like a 4-month old corpse crawled in to your house and laid a fresh doog on the carpet.Keeping it in the garage was not my idea. My mother just doens't want the house smelling like hops for a month or two (or constantly) and since it is her house I must respect that.
The hops and malt smell will only happen during the boil (if you boil inside). I don't think I've ever had a fermentation 'smell' longer than 3 days, and that was with multiple fermenters in a small bedroom. It's not very pervasive at all. I think it'd be worth asking if you can leave the fermenter in the house (many people use closets as their fermentation chamber) for a batch or two to see how it smells. By then the weather will be warmer and you can leave them in the garage if need be.Keeping it in the garage was not my idea. My mother just doens't want the house smelling like hops for a month or two (or constantly) and since it is her house I must respect that.