It's snowing where I live. Are there any risks involved with boiling my wort outside, when snow can enter the boiling pot?


You'll be fine, as long as there isn't some obvious source contaminating the snow - like if it's actually falling off of a tree or roof and not coming directly from the clouds. Snow is basically freeze distilled so it's pretty clean.

I suppose if it's coming down very hard and several inches of snow fall in there it could it could dilute it a little bit, but I don't think you would taste the difference; it would be like adding some distilled water to the boil, I'm guessing it would be like a cup or two.

  • Perfect, just what I needed to know! It may have just been me going crazy in the cold, but I found that I could prevent my wort from boiling over by adding in small amounts of snow periodically. I missed my target gravity by a certain degree, but as long as it turns out fine, I'm happy. Thanks! – Bucket Feb 13 '14 at 3:52
  • I have done this and the only real problem I've had is getting a good rolling boil - but that is really a function of temperature, not snow so much. – Wyrmwood Feb 18 '14 at 20:39

The only thing I could see happening is the ability to give it a really cool name like

Snow Balls Ale,

or Blizzard Stout,

or Black Ice Lager or something

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    I went with "It's Snowing, My Power Went Out, And I'm Freezing My *** Off Out Here; Why The **** Am I Doing This Porter." – Bucket Feb 18 '14 at 21:11
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    Short and Sweet – Ugly Dude Feb 18 '14 at 21:39

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