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Old 07-27-2009, 04:18 PM   #21
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For me this is the biggest problem. I don't mind sweating, but since I don't have a pre-chiller yet the carboy has to sit in the fridge overnight before I can pitch yeast.

Plus with a pre-chiller, a metric crap-ton of ice doesn't sound like fun.
I actually use my coil as a post-chiller, in-line after the plate chiller. So basically, the plate chiller gets the wort down to ~ 90º, and then down to 60-70º as it goes through the coil in the ice bath. I find this works better than trying to pre-chill the cooling water that goes through the plate chiller, but I do use every bit of 10 lbs of ice per 5 gals.
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Old 07-27-2009, 04:48 PM   #22
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A beautiful 77F and sunny here in southern Michigan.

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Old 07-27-2009, 05:06 PM   #23
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Illinois is unseasonable cool. I have made a slew of ales due to the fact that I can just let them sit in the house with the windows open.

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Old 07-27-2009, 05:27 PM   #24
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A beautiful 77F and sunny here in southern Michigan.

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Old 07-27-2009, 05:32 PM   #25
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Its been pretty warm in Oregon, above 85 recently. Not exactly the kind of weather I want to be boiling the kettle, indoors or out doors. I've got plenty of home brew saved up and I don't plan to brew again until fall.
85°? We don't even turn the a/c on till its in the 90's ... was 87° Saturday's brewday I just stay in the shade and it's all good ...
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Old 07-27-2009, 05:45 PM   #26
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90f? JEEEZUS! Our AC is going fulltime these days. Overall it's been cool this summer, but the weekend was pretty damn hot...in the 90's. And humid as ballsweat.

I brewed 20 gallons in the heat and humidity yesterday. It was a LOT of work. I don't think I stayed hydrated enough, because I felt like crap last night after 8 hours in the sun. And even with a prechiller I couldn't get my wort below 78-ish. Summer sucks for brewing. Sucks! But I do it anyway...because, well, I can't stop.

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Old 07-27-2009, 05:55 PM   #27
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90f? JEEEZUS! Our AC is going fulltime these days. Overall it's been cool this summer, but the weekend was pretty damn hot...in the 90's. And humid as ballsweat.
I don't like giving my money to the power company so we installed a variable speed pool pump and a variable speed evaporative cooler. We are really dry here as well as hot and the thing works beautifully. It has been over 100F for about 10 days now and it is always below 75F in the house and the best part............. My Power and gas bills was $57 for June 15 - July 15th. This with the outrageous power rates in "lovely" california.

That is with 3 fridges, a 25K gallon pool and cooling a 1800 SF house in 100 degree weather
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Yep, A/C is cranking and the waterbath/w Ice bombs are holding a steady 68.
Ditto over in GA as well
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90f? JEEEZUS! Our AC is going fulltime these days. Overall it's been cool this summer, but the weekend was pretty damn hot...in the 90's. And humid as ballsweat.

I brewed 20 gallons in the heat and humidity yesterday. It was a LOT of work. I don't think I stayed hydrated enough, because I felt like crap last night after 8 hours in the sun. And even with a prechiller I couldn't get my wort below 78-ish. Summer sucks for brewing. Sucks! But I do it anyway...because, well, I can't stop.
I like it warm but the humidity has been real low so far this summer so its bearable with just a few fans. I did the same Sunday I was doing some siding on the garage and didn't keep up with the H2O. I felt dizzy,lightheaded ,weak and stopped sweating . Had to take a cool shower and drank lots of water took about 3 hours before I felt ok again... ohh and sucked bigtime because I didn't have a beer all day ..SWMBO after that little episode said something along the lines " If I see you with a beer I will shove one of those taps so far...." well you get the idea
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SWMBO after that little episode said something along the lines " If I see you with a beer I will shove one of those taps so far...." well you get the idea
"But honey...I did it for the high-energy B-vitamins...and electrolytes."
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