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Old 07-18-2010, 01:58 PM   #1
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I was wondering , by living in ( the deep south lol ) is there anything i should worry about when getting ready to do my brew? b.t.w i will probably be doing a extract first but i will then work to a partial mash and then an all grain so any advice would help and maybe if there are any other members from southern Mississippi if they could give me any additional advice.

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Old 07-18-2010, 02:29 PM   #2
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Old 07-18-2010, 02:36 PM   #3
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humidity won't factor in on your batch since you don't have a huge boil to do like an all grain brewer, but be sure you can maintain the proper fermentation temperatures. Low 70's to upper 60's for ales.

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Bug spray! Mosquitoes were killing me while brewing yesterday.

Drink plenty of water especially if you are drinking beer. Nothing like being so dehydrated/exhausted that you forget to pitch you yeast or something.

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Old 07-18-2010, 04:03 PM   #5
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lol im a true southerner dont worry about me in the heat lol im ok its my beer im going to be worried with lol

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Old 07-18-2010, 05:17 PM   #6
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Depending on what type of Kettle you use (specifically the surface area of the wort), make sure that you don't boil too vigorously in the good ole deep south heat (easy to do). I live next door in LA and boiled yesterday in a larger Kettle than I usually use, and brewed way too vigorously, losing 2.25 Gal in 60 min (out of 6.25 Gal!). In addition it was windy yesterday which I read can also increase the rate. Just get a nice gentle boil going and you should be good (and lose a lot less than I did yesterday!). My previous batches were in a turkey fryer kettle and less vigorous and I had no issues with the boil off rate.

And like malkore said, get that primary fermenter in the coolest/darkest place in your house. I use a swamp cooler and can maintain mid/upper 60's by throwing ice packs in as needed. Pic of my swamp cooler (without the shirt): http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/o8m_k80wT-Vjo59UuAhLlA?feat=directlink

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Old 07-18-2010, 08:01 PM   #7
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hey man thats an amazing idea you posted there umm but what is the shirt of your swamp cooler , the lid?

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hey man thats an amazing idea you posted there umm but what is the shirt of your swamp cooler , the lid?
no, its to cool down the fermenter more. Water will wick up the shirt which is draped around the carboy and evaporate. Evaporative cooling!
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EXACTLY (Edcculus), just a wet shirt (wet it with the cool water) that you wrap/put over the top of the carboy that also drapes into the water. It basically helps pull the cool water over your entire carboy helping it stay cool via evaporation, or something like that (what I read). Here's a pic of the shirt being pulled back to view fermentation (it wraps all the way around, no pic of that )...

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FYI DuffManMississippi - tried to reply to your PM but your mailbox is full, shoot me an email via our club site (site owner) and I'll reply.

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