Post Number: 222
Posted From: 126.96.36.199
|Posted on Friday, December 09, 2005 - 11:36 pm: ||
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.
Post Number: 1892
Posted From: 188.8.131.52
|Posted on Friday, December 09, 2005 - 11:53 pm: ||
Not when one uses a chest freezer for lagering...
I'd love to have a basement/cellar though!
Post Number: 111
Posted From: 184.108.40.206
|Posted on Friday, December 09, 2005 - 11:54 pm: ||
Hard to argue against that.
Post Number: 283
Posted From: 220.127.116.11
|Posted on Saturday, December 10, 2005 - 12:11 am: ||
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!
Post Number: 7
Posted From: 18.104.22.168
|Posted on Saturday, December 10, 2005 - 12:31 pm: ||
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!!!