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    I Imagine I am not the first to have this problem, but its summer and the brewhouse gets up to 100-120 on brew days, making my usual work pants an absolute nightmare as they get so hot. I'm hoping to find either a type of protective work pants that will run a bit cooler than jeans/dickies, or a good base layer/liner that will help keep the sweat from soaking me all day long. I also considered that maybe a solid pair of overalls I can occasionally take off to cool down might help as well.

    For those of you who are like me and run hot enough to sweat naked in a snow storm, I'm sure you understand my dilemma and any advice is much appreciated.
    Cheers,

  • #2
    pants

    afternoon iv been having the same problem the brew house gets too 120 consistently low celling's doesn't help
    I just switch to shorts only thing I found that works not the best PPE but I ware my boots and just watch what im doing
    so if you come up with any thing let me and ill do the same
    cheers matt 3GB

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    • #3
      Grin and bear it.

      I definitely get hot in jeans and long boots, but it's worth the protection that they afford me. I've brewed in some very, very hot climates and just drink lots of water, grin, and bear it. Even when I shoveled out 60bbl open-top mash tun from the inside during hot southeastern US summer. Still better than working in a steel mill.
      Phillip Kelm--Palau Brewing Company Manager--

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      • #4
        If you can find them, the Nomex pants that firefighters wear are probably the most comfortable hot-weather pants I've worn, especially the light weight ones that look like rip-stop nylon. They're also very resistant to most brewery chemicals (except strong acids), are very durable, and don't hold water when they get wet.
        Timm Turrentine

        Brewerywright,
        Terminal Gravity Brewing,
        Enterprise. Oregon.

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        • #5
          Trying a few things

          All,
          Thank you for the responses, I've been looking into some other options independently and I have come up with a few to try.

          Trial #1: long underwear - it seems a little counter intuitive, but in lieu of purchasing anything, I tried this the other day. I wore REI brand polartec long underwear, link, underneath my jeans and muck boots, with the jeans pulled over the boots. I was still warm all day, but the long johns kept the sweat off and that seemed to pretty much solve my problem, I was even comfortable enough to go for a beer afterword without changing out of my BHSE clothes.

          Trial #2: nomex - I talked with a friend who is a former marine as well as another who was a firefighter, both recommended I try nomex pants and I am working with the local fire chief to get a pair to try out. Good to see that has worked for you Tim, Ill know pretty soon how they work for me and Ill report back to this thread.

          Trial #3: Cool Dry Pants - just to have a third option, I found a pair of moisture wicking pants designed for persons with hot/wet/agile jobs, they're supposed to be durable, flexible and all that so we shall see (100% satisfaction return policy if not)

          I may also try various combinations of these, namely long johns with nomex or cool dry pants for added moisture control. If all goes well I will soon have a suggestion for some solid PPE for those easy going 18 hour days in the summer heat.

          Cheers,

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          • #6
            Under Armor

            I have a friend that works for the USPS here in the mid west (hot and humid) and he suggested wearing the under armor that works in hot weather. I bought some and it really works. The sweat wicks out into the fabric and evaporates which helps keep you cooler - not cool, mind you, but tolerable.
            Cheers!

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            • #7
              I'll definitely have to look into getting a pair of nomex pants because my go-to solution for brewery heat has been a large glass of chilled water and a spare shirt in the break room. Anything that can handle the heat, hold up against brewery chemicals, and shed water sounds like a winner over denim jeans any day.

              Dustin Metzger
              Pearl Street Brewery
              La Crosse, WI

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              • #8
                I wear nomex and FR clothing on my day job and it is a very hot material. Tho when I must wear it I prefer Carhart FR pants, the ones I wear look like carpenters pants very comfortable but still hot. just my opinion on nomex and FR clothing.

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                • #9
                  Synthetics

                  One things that is not being taken seriously is that synthetic fabrics are toxic, and there is all manner of evidence out there to avoid them like the plague.
                  Warren Turner
                  Industrial Engineering Technician
                  HVACR-Electrical Systems Specialist
                  Moab Brewery
                  The Thought Police are Attempting to Suppress Free Speech and Sugar coat everything. This is both Cowardice and Treason given to their own kind.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Starcat View Post
                    One things that is not being taken seriously is that synthetic fabrics are toxic, and there is all manner of evidence out there to avoid them like the plague.
                    I so agree with that...

                    I wear shorts...thirty years and never an issue/accident....it can be done safely...argued once with a health and safety officer...we both agreed that collapsing from the heat would be much worse than minor burns...

                    My second brewer says "suck it up, princess"...but that probably doesn't help. She has a way with words...

                    Pax.

                    Liam
                    Liam McKenna
                    www.yellowbellybrewery.com

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                    • #11
                      Cool Dry Pants

                      Originally posted by liammckenna View Post
                      I wear shorts...thirty years and never an issue/accident....it can be done safely...argued once with a health and safety officer...we both agreed that collapsing from the heat would be much worse than minor burns...
                      I see your point, but I already have enough burn scars around my knees to warrant pants... I am more worried in general about hot water/chemicals going into my boots, happened to an experienced colleague of mine a few years ago and it wasn't pretty. Not to mention, as the person with final responsibility for our brewery's safety, I would rather set the example and sweat than see one of my employees hurt.

                      All that said, I tried these Fire Hose Work Pants from Duluth Trading Post, they are a clearance item, but something similar will become our employee dress code for BHSE work. They have the feel of a canvas pant like dickies, but they breath and bend much easier, plus, the excessive pockets come in really handy. these with some good boxers are the best solution I've come across yet.

                      Cheers,

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                      • #12
                        I wear shorts and then slip these carhatt overalls when I am working with something that I don't want to fill up my boots.

                        Troy Robinson
                        Quirk Brewing
                        Walla Walla

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