So, a straight-up question—especially for Minneapolis-area homebrewers—do you brew inside your garage?
I live in a single-family house in a suburb of Minneapolis, and no joke, I was approached by a fire official (fireman?) in an official fire vehicle and told that what I was doing was essentially illegal, and that I’d have to shut it off or move it (perhaps up to 25 feet away from any structure).* I do have an intimidating-looking brew stand, but it was at the cusp of my garage, right where the garage door would be, but inside just enough to keep the weather from affecting my setup.
I took a look at the official fire code, which appears to be a wholesale adoption of the Minneapolis fire code, and IMO it isn’t clear at all. I figure the individual was (a) probably ignorant of what was actually going on there, perhaps thinking I had a giant pot of cooking oil and was making turkeys, which of course would be super dangerous; or (b) unfortunately aggressive in his interpretation of the fire code.
*the good news (?) is that I reached the 60-minute mark on the boil while the fire official was standing right there. :?