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Old 03-12-2007, 08:26 PM   #1
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Default How to brew at 90 degrees inside the house

It is 90 outside today. The house is still a good temp to brew, but I am thinking about when the summer hits and it is 85 or so inside with the air on where SWMBO let's me keep the fermenters. I am thinking I'll have to keep the fan and wet blanket trick going for the whole 3 weeks of fermentation. I have had a bunch of fun learning to brew the last few months, but with summer coming earlier and earlier, I am wondering if I will have to take a break during the real hot months. I would hate to have a bunch of batches turn out funny tasting because the wort was too warm to ferment correctly.

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Old 03-12-2007, 08:35 PM   #2
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You could build one of these. That's what I use and I ferment in the garage where it's 100+ in summer. Or a converted ice chest which I'll probably do some year so I could try lagering some day. Below is a pic with the top and front off.

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Old 03-12-2007, 08:40 PM   #3
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Check out this thread on a Ice Cube cooler conversion. Looks workable.>http://www.brewboard.com/index.php?showtopic=42533&hl=igloo

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Old 03-12-2007, 08:54 PM   #4
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put the fermenter in your tub, put a beach towel around it, turn the faucet to trickle cold water over the primary. Rig up a fan to blow on the primary. The evaporating water will suck heat out of the beer, netting you around 10°F below ambient - possibly more at 90°F. I usually do it when my place hits 80°F during the summer.

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Old 03-12-2007, 08:57 PM   #5
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make belgians...

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Like Desertbrew says, build a chiller. They rock for us folks in hot weather places with NO basements. My Kolsch has been sitting pretty at 65 degrees when we have had temps in the house approaching 80 in the last week. I use my Apple Juice jugs for freezing the water.



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Old 03-13-2007, 12:50 AM   #7
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make belgians...
Thanks for all the help, guys! BTW....what fermenting temp for Belgian's?
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Why would you even bother to have the a/c on if you only set it at 85? Isn't that kind of like if your house is burning down and you try to put the fire out by peeing on it?

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Quote:
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Like Desertbrew says, build a chiller. They rock for us folks in hot weather places with NO basements. My Kolsch has been sitting pretty at 65 degrees when we have had temps in the house approaching 80 in the last week. I use my Apple Juice jugs for freezing the water.
And I threw 12 half gallon jugs out last night...

If anyone's curious how to build what EdWort has, it's called "Son of Fermenter", and you can find it here. I have two, and they're great. I can sustain 45 degree temps for 24 hours before I need to replace the ice, so you can't truly lager, but you can make a cloudy lager if you're not concerned with aesthetics.
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Ed, do you have a how-to post on how to make that chiller box (dimensions, etc.)?

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