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Onedon 01-23-2006 04:40 PM

Controling environment
 
I am getting a little flack because I have been fermenting inside my small house. I want to move it to my garage. It would be fairly easy for me to enclose an area in the corner, but I don't know if it might be better to just get a fridge. If I got a fridge is it possible to set the temp to 70f for brewing ales?

casebrew 01-23-2006 04:52 PM

Thats what brewers use temperature controllers for, because the normal fridge won't go that high. But last summer I brewed in the garage here in San Diego. Sure got some blow off, it fermented fast- 1 week from brew to drink. Yes, it did improve with age. Maybe this summer I'll wrap the fermenter in wet towels? Darn wish I had room for an old chest "Coca Cola" fridge my neighbor offered....

Kaiser 01-23-2006 05:04 PM

If you don't want to invest in a fridge, check this one out:

http://home.elp.rr.com/brewbeer/chiller/chiller.PDF

I'm using a side-by-side fridge for my fermentations. I will soon modify it such that I can keep the freezer part at 0-3C and the fridge part at 8-20C. The fride part holds 3 (5gal) carboys and the freezer can hold 2 cornies. The latter will be good for lagering Lager-beers.

Another thing to look into are freezer chests, they are more efficient with cooling and the cold doesn't fall on the floor when you open them.

Kai

Mikey 01-23-2006 05:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Onedon
If I got a fridge is it possible to set the temp to 70f for brewing ales?

Would only work if it's warmer than 70F in your garage.


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