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Joe DiBenedetti
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Username: Docwino

Post Number: 222
Registered: 01-2005
Posted From: 68.164.131.97
Posted on Friday, December 09, 2005 - 11:36 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is it just me or do others find lagering in the summer to be a giant PITA. We have a place up in the mt's where the avrage winter celler temp is in the 30's dropping down to the 20's at night. I find it easier and more enegry efficent to heat for a few hours than to cool during the entire lagering cycle. From Dec to the beginning of April I'll brew like a crazy man. Then it's over then I'll go back to ales. Since nature is going to supply a constant source of refrigration why not take avantage of it.
 

Hophead
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Username: Hophead

Post Number: 1892
Registered: 03-2002
Posted From: 167.4.1.38
Posted on Friday, December 09, 2005 - 11:53 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Not when one uses a chest freezer for lagering...

I'd love to have a basement/cellar though!
 

Tony Legge
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Username: Boo_boo

Post Number: 111
Registered: 05-2005
Posted From: 142.162.53.243
Posted on Friday, December 09, 2005 - 11:54 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hard to argue against that.
 

michael atkins
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Username: Mga

Post Number: 283
Registered: 11-2003
Posted From: 216.170.58.10
Posted on Saturday, December 10, 2005 - 12:11 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

It's cooler now, so I have my lagers fermenting away nicely in the basement. Had a real severe cold snap after Thanksgiving.

Actually I adjust my brewing schedule to the calandar. Lagers in the late Fall,Winter and early Spring, and Ales, all the time, but more often in the warmer months. I usually don't brew in late July and August, because of the oppressive heat. If I ever get around to doing a Belgium, it will be in the dead heat of summer though.
Love This Hobby!

http://msnusers.com/micksbrewery
 

pilznbeenthere
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Username: Pilznbeenthere

Post Number: 7
Registered: 12-2002
Posted From: 68.116.28.228
Posted on Saturday, December 10, 2005 - 12:31 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Brewing outside, I pretty much have to shut down Dec-March. So make it easy for myself, brewing ales March-Aug. African Amber clones first, then just plain American Hefe's which make for refreshing Lawnmower beer.

Aug-Nov I brew like crazy, about 50 gallons, to last the winter. Bohemian lagers of course! What do you think, I'm nuts? Want to take advantage of winter, and the new root cellar!!!