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Old 10-22-2008, 04:20 PM   #1
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So we don't have a fermentation cabinet due to size constraints. Our carboys have been in the mid-60's over the last week, and after the freeze on sunday, they dropped to 60*F.

What are our options to keep them warmer. I have heard bad things about the "Brew Belt" and i'm not sure that my buddie's fiance would be willing to let us keep 5 coolers with water and aquarium heaters in their office/den room. We already made carboy "coozies" with double layer soft insulation (the silver "nasa" looking stuff) and it helped some, but not enough...

Any suggestions would be appreciated!

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Have you tried an electric heating pad? You could sit the carboy on top of it. Not sure how you'd regulate the temp though, I imagine just keep a close eye on it.

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Ya we've considered that, however we don't check on the beers daily...

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So we don't have a fermentation cabinet due to size constraints. Our carboys have been in the mid-60's over the last week, and after the freeze on sunday, they dropped to 60*F.

What are our options to keep them warmer. I have heard bad things about the "Brew Belt" and i'm not sure that my buddie's fiance would be willing to let us keep 5 coolers with water and aquarium heaters in their office/den room. We already made carboy "coozies" with double layer soft insulation (the silver "nasa" looking stuff) and it helped some, but not enough...

Any suggestions would be appreciated!
I will be having the opposite problem this coming weekend and the upcoming weeks for fermenting. Our weather is forcasted at 89 degrees this Saturday (yes 89 degrees on 10/25), welcome to the Central Valley.

I am wondering how I am going to cool my fermentor.

As far as heating, I have used the brew belt with success. Also, if you do not want to watch it like a hawk, you can get a timer like you would use for a light or something. That way you could set it to come on every couple of hours to warm things up.
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Are these in a closet? A room with a closed door?

If it's a room, I'd just run an electric space heater ... if you were feeling really fancy, you could hook it to a Ranco.... otherwise, a space heater with a thermostat should be accurate enough to keep it in the mid-60s instead of the bottom end.

In a closet... might be tougher to do. Perhaps a red-bulb heat lamp, like they sell at farm stores. (Do they have farm stores in Mass.? Do they have farms? Sorry. Never been out east before. )

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(Do they have farm stores in Mass.? Do they have farms? Sorry. Never been out east before. )
What's a farm?

They are not in a closed room unfortunately...
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Heh. I may have to visit this Mass. place. (Sorry, I can't spell the full state name. I've never tried to do it before right now. Never had to. Didn't have a geography class in HS.)

Massachusets?
Massechussets?
eff it, I need google.
MASSACHUSETTS. One s, two t's, one s. Weird as shiite.

Hey at least I can spell Mississippi without googling it. That's 1-for-2.


This be a Nebraska farm.

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I thought everyone rode horses out there...

Anyhow, anyone try the heater from morebeer? that thing seems pretty diesel...

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You talking about the Fermwrap heater? Yeah, Ive got one only used it once and since I didnt have it on a temp control it was a real PITA. Since I'm located in southern CA now I really dont have a need to warm my fermentors. If you want I'll sell you mine 20 +shipping.

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Why not consider using a waterbed heater with thermostat control.

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