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Old 09-29-2010, 11:33 AM   #11
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I have an old fridge in the basement dedicated to fermentation. I have a dual temp controller on it. During the summer the controller handles the fridge and during the winter I have one of these:

http://morebeer.com/view_product/16674/

I tywrap it along the back of the fridge and plug it into the controller. Gives off enough heat to keep the ambient temperature where I want it. Last year the basement temps were in the 50s, and my Chimay clone was in the 80s.

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Old 09-29-2010, 01:35 PM   #12
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The cold weather season is quickly approaching and I wanted to get some ideas from you guys about maintaining proper fermentation temps when your fermentation vessel is (required to be) in a cold environment like a basement or garage. Right now its about 70F in Atlanta and having my pink foam fermentation chiller in the basement is no big deal. I just change out the ice every couple days and its fine. Once winter weather hits though the basement will be only slightly warmer than the outside temp. (which in Atlanta will be around 25-45F). My question to you guys is what are your methods of maintaining a consistent ALE wort temp when the outside environment is cold?
This works for me. A 30 gal Rubbermaid tub, an aquaruim heater, submersible aquarium pump, and Ranco temp controller as the lowest temp the heater will maintain is 70F. I use a thermowell from Derrin at Brewer's Hardware and slip it inside the strap of one of the carboy haulers. I push the fermenters together so they both are in contact with the themowell.

In the winter ambient temp of the water on the floor is 59F so I have no problems keeping the temps in the 60's or above.



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Old 09-29-2010, 01:52 PM   #13
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Pick up a used fridge or freezer from Craigslist, then get a temperature controller (http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/ebay...-build-163849/) and you'll be right as rain!

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Old 09-29-2010, 02:20 PM   #14
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How well does the bucket method (heating or cooling) work with plastic fermentation buckets? I ended up getting rid of my glass carboy when I moved.

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Old 09-29-2010, 02:44 PM   #15
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How well does the bucket method (heating or cooling) work with plastic fermentation buckets? I ended up getting rid of my glass carboy when I moved.
I use Better Bottles (plastic) and last weekend I brewed. I transferred to fermenters at 76F. I had prechilled the tub to 60F using ice bottles. I placed the 2 BB's (I do 10 gal batches) in the tub and let them sit for 3 hours to cool further b/4 pitching the yeast. I sanitized the thermowell and placed it in one of the Better Bottles and surprised myself. The temp of the wort in the center of the BB was same as the water temp in the tub, 63F.
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This works for me. A 30 gal Rubbermaid tub, an aquaruim heater, submersible aquarium pump, and Ranco temp controller as the lowest temp the heater will maintain is 70F. I use a thermowell from Derrin at Brewer's Hardware and slip it inside the strap of one of the carboy haulers. I push the fermenters together so they both are in contact with the themowell.
Ideally I would want to keep the carboys in an insulated container like an igloo. Has anybody done this? Maybe get a cylindrical igloo and cut a hole in the top so the airlock/cap can stick out? I'd imagine you could make a system of these with water circulating if you wanted to get real fancy, but by that time you might as well get a fridge.

Great ideas guys, the wheels are churning. Still torn between the fridge and water bath method though, and I'd like to reuse my son of fermentation box as well so I'm trying to incorporate that. I need to check out some prices.
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I have a closet in the basement, I just throw a space heater with a thermostat in there and let it go. It barely ever clicks on unless I open the door a lot. My basement doesn't get much below 55 though unless I leave the doors going to the outside open for some reason. (I'm in Atlanta.)

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I use Better Bottles (plastic) and last weekend I brewed. I transferred to fermenters at 76F. I had prechilled the tub to 60F using ice bottles. I placed the 2 BB's (I do 10 gal batches) in the tub and let them sit for 3 hours to cool further b/4 pitching the yeast. I sanitized the thermowell and placed it in one of the Better Bottles and surprised myself. The temp of the wort in the center of the BB was same as the water temp in the tub, 63F.
Great to know! I moved so no longer have my steady 65F basement to ferment in. I'll give this a try.
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Old 09-29-2010, 03:14 PM   #19
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I have a windowless crawl space that almost never goes below 60 and above 70 year round. Not great in the summer, but fantastic for the other three seasons. If you don't have artificial temp control, I think you want to pick some place that has consistent temps.

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