Brewing Environment

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canada_pi2
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Brewing Environment

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Hi all,

I've been interested in starting a new hobby in home brewing for a while now and received some equipment for Christmas. The subtle hints to my fiancé, seem to have worked haha.. She purchased me a Brewer's Best 5 gallon equipment kit, a Brewer's Pantry recipe kit and a Master Chef propane Country Cooker. I'm looking to begin soon and was told that the propane burner would work better than my old electric stove. If I were to set up the burner at the end of my open garage, should I be concerned about the outside temperature or the cleanliness of the area? I keep my garage clean, but it is still a garage.

Thanks in advance for any input or advice!

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Hey!

Welcome to the forum and the hobby!

I'm brewing in my garage right now...

You will most likely not be able to bring a full 5 gallons (6 if you consider the starting volume) to a boil on your electric stove. I'm using a turkey fryer as well.

Garage brewing is absolutely fine - as long as the cold doesn't bother you! :)

Cheers!

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OK, great. Thanks for the info!

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welcome to the forum and the hobby bro!
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Ive been brewing in my woodshed for quite a while, lots of nasties floating around I'm sure in there hah, but once the boil is done I hrow the lid on the kettle to cool and bring it out in the driveway where the wind can hit it better. I siphon from the kettle to fermentor in the house where theres a bit less nasties floating around. Have had no trouble this way at all, except the occasional sore back from lugging the damn thing in the house.

As the others have said, you will be fine in the garage. Wlecome aboard by the way too!

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Just to echo the others - you'll be fine. I brew all my beers in the garage, using a turkey firer burner. Just be safe - ensure you have good airflow, and a carbon monoxide detector in the garage isn't a bad idea either.

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Thanks for the info, first brew day went pretty well!

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Ditto to the statements above. You would be hard-Pressed to bring a full 5 G to a sustained boil on your stove. Some of my best brewing has been in my man cave (garage). Just keep your equipment clean and sanitized and all will be good. Welcome to this great hobby. Cheers!
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Yeah, ditto above, in the garage, no heat (which is great for CDN winters), but got one of those parabolic heaters for Christmas like what you see at Costco, so should be good for now, along with the burner for the brew pot.

I have everything stored in there, as well, it is my primary storage for firewood for my wood stove. All of which has some form of mold and fungus on it. Not to mention the odd mouse roaming around I am sure.

Garage is well ventilated even when all of the doors are closed, as you can see about a 1/4-1/2 under the garage door at any time, so no real issues with CO off of the burner.

Haven't had an infected brew yet, so figure I am good. Just make sure everything is well sanitized and you should be good.

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