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Old 04-24-2007, 08:11 AM   #1
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Default Fermentation Cooler//keeping beer cool in summer!!

Hey. I was wondering what inexpensive effective techniques people use to keep thier beer cool during the summer. I have to accomodate 6, 6.5 gallons buckets. I would also not like to use very much room and would also not like to deal with a lot of excess water. I have heard of using the bath tub but i live on the top floor of a small city apartment and that really isnt an option for me. I'm a poor college kid so the cheaper the better although i do not want to be doing a lot of time consuming annoying things to save a couple of bucks i would like to use inexpensive materials and so forth. Please give me advice and techniques to keep my beer fermenting in the right temperature. Thanks so much.

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Old 04-24-2007, 08:18 AM   #2
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Son of Fermentation Chiller is cheap, lightweight, and effective. Some work required but i got it together in 2 nights, easy:

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

http://www.azhomebrewers.org/modules...article&sid=84

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Old 04-24-2007, 08:43 AM   #3
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hefe's and belgians!

no tomfoolery required!

look into saisons....

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Old 04-24-2007, 10:40 AM   #4
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I'll second the hefe's and belgians. Very tasty, also you could just get a large tub of water that you place the fermenter in. The water will not heat as fast as the air and should stay cool enough during the day, then you can change water or let it cool during the night.

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Old 04-24-2007, 12:46 PM   #5
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I bought an icecube cooler for $20 and some foam. I took the regular lid off the cooler (I didn't want to cut it, in case I needed it for a cooler!) and made a new lid out of foam for my airlock to stick out. See my gallery for pictures.

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Old 04-24-2007, 01:55 PM   #6
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I have to accomodate 6, 6.5 gallons buckets.



If you're space is so limited, why are you using so many buckets at one time? Just wondering

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Like Yooper I too invested in an Igloo Ice Cube cooler. I'll be making new lids out of polystyrene that can accommodate my bucket and carboy with airlock attached. All in all I think it will end up costing $55 bucks a cooler.

I thought about doing the son of fermentation chiller project, but I decided the cooler would be easier, and more portable.

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I've heard of some people putting their fermenting in large plastic tubs, freezing water bottles, and putting a wet towel or shirt over the top. I guess you have to replace the frozen water bottles a couple times a day though.

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Yooper Chick and TheJadedDog, mind taking a picture with your carboy in the cooler? Also is it a 5 or 6 gallon carboy?

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Yooper Chick and TheJadedDog, mind taking a picture with your carboy in the cooler? Also is it a 5 or 6 gallon carboy?

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Sure, I'll do that right now, and stick it in my gallery. I took off the "regular" lid, so I can still use it as a wheeled cooler if I want to. I actually bought it for my MLT but the wheel well made it too difficult to fit a manifold or false bottom.

Edit- it's a 5 gallon carboy. I cut the foam to fit it perfectly. You could do the same with a larger carboy or bucket, too.
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