I like brewing outside in the winter, just like any other time of year. Yes, I have to wear extra layers, and maybe I spend a bit more time inside keeping an eye on my brew through a window in my house, but I don’t let the weather stop my brewing. Last winter I was making a batch and all was going well until I was ready to cool the wort.
I noticed something was up when I was grabbing the hose and it was noticeably very stiff and I had a hard time stretching it over to where my brew pot was sitting to hook up the wort chiller. I turned on the water and got nothing. There was water frozen solid in the hose. I tried the other hose and found the same thing. I then decided I would bring the hose inside and run hot water on it until I thawed out the icebergs. That then took 30 minutes and was not fun.
So this winter, I bought a collapsable “pocket hose”. I keep it inside with my homebrew kit and when it’s time for wort chiller action, I bring it out, hook it up to the faucet and am ready to chill. It worked well, and was much better than monkeying around with a frozen garden hose at a time when I’m trying to chill my wort fast.