Dealing with evaporation indoors

Post #1 made 3 years ago
So we got a small place rented out all for brewing! Yay. :champ: It's a small wooden building with concrete floor, an old sauna. I've just started thinking that if we boil two large brews there back-to-back in one day, and evaporate something like 20+ liters of water into the ceiling, won't that cause problems...? So what are our options? I was thinking if we would put up a plastic tarp above the kettle, with one corner lower than the others, would the condensating water drip nicely down from that corner? Any ideas are welcome.
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Post #3 made 3 years ago
Not sure about the tarp. Really dont want it to condense and drip back into the kettle. Ive done a couple of brews in the kitchen at home. The vapor hit the ceiling and ran down all the walls. 12 months later im still trying to clean them.

Re: Dealing with evaporation indoors

Post #4 made 1 year ago
I have a similar issue in my house. The "brew room" which is a duel purpose storage/brewing room has no extraction fan. I can keep the door open during the process but condensation still builds up too much for my liking.

One method I have used is to place a fan at the door facing outwards. It didn't eliminate the issue but it helped. If it is possible to leave a door open in your space then this could be an option.

I also have the luxury of brewing outside but I need to be mindful of the safety factor here as there are always a lot of kids running through my house.

The first BIAB I did was when my wife was out for the evening. I foolishly left all the doors and windows closed so the entire house was covered in condensation. She was not impressed upon her return.

Re: Dealing with evaporation indoors

Post #5 made 1 year ago
Hello Goodtime,

Don't want to cover pot during boil. That's supposed to be something that can cause DMS in the beer, a taste defect.

If brewing with gas, probably should brew outside because of exhaust / fumes / carbon monoxide... Major safety issue. Unless a huge fan. And need fan to get rid of evaporated moisture too, if inside, as is already discussed.
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Re: Dealing with evaporation indoors

Post #7 made 1 year ago
An "urn" is one of those large electric coffee pots, right? Urn is not a common term over here in the United States, and not for that...

Okay sounds good. I would still be cautious about brewing inside unless you have a good system to get rid of the steam / moisture. JMHO.
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