Home brewing beer this time of year is pretty ideal. When the weather is cold and dry there are many perks to home brewing in your house.
The first perk is the most practical one – brewing in cold weather means that the beer is fermenting in cold weather so you probably will not have to worry about the fermentation temperature getting too warm, like you do in the summer. When I have tried to brew in the summer in my un-air conditioned house the fermentation temperature has gotten too high and the beer has had a buttery flavor from bad compounds that form in that situation. There is an ideal fermentation temperature for yeast, and it is different for each strain of yeast, but usually that range is something like 60 to 72 degrees fahrenheit. It is easy to keep the temperature in this range during the winter.
The second perk to brewing in the winter is the humidity! If you live somewhere that gets really cold and dry during the winter, like the northern plains of the united states, you will appreciate all of that water boiling into the air in your house.
Finally, the third reason it is great to brew in the winter is the free time. If it is frigid cold outside you will not want to be outside throwing a ball around or going for a walk or bike ride, or even doing yard work. You’ll be indoors. Instead of watching tv all winter like everybody else, brew some great beer!
What is your favorite thing about brewing beer in the winter?