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Deuce 02-05-2009 03:40 AM

Brewing in Texas
 
So my ale temps have been right on for my ales I have been doing recently, but with summer closing in I am worried. This is worrying me because in the summer we (and alot of others) keep our houses at around 78 degrees in the summer. How will this affect my fermintations? Any suggestions other than using a fridge. Lack of funds has my beer equipment on hold right now. :mug:

hopsalot 02-05-2009 04:49 AM

craigslist.com

if you are lucky then you can get a free one. You can keep it in a bucket of water with a fan blowing on it. I would splurge for a fridge

944play 02-05-2009 05:12 AM

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Originally Posted by hopsalot (Post 1113702)
craigslist.com

ITYM craigslist.org. HTH.:p

I use a rig like jcarson83's for lagers.

ChillyP 02-05-2009 05:35 AM

If you live in Houston I can tell you were to buy the parts for a fermentation chiller. I've been using mine and it works great. I'm also about to build a second one.
http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n...7/DSCF0955.jpg

jgardner6 02-05-2009 10:39 AM

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Originally Posted by ChillyP (Post 1113742)
If you live in Houston I can tell you were to buy the parts for a fermentation chiller. I've been using mine and it works great. I'm also about to build a second one.
http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n...7/DSCF0955.jpg

I would like to know how you built the your fermentation chiller.

DD2000GT 02-05-2009 12:41 PM

I live in the DFW area and in the summetime I also keep my house at 78 degrees. I put my carboy in a large rubbermaid tub filled with water and put a regular white t-shirt over the carboy so it will wick up the water. I place this under a ceiling fan and it keeps my carboy temps at 70 - 72 degrees depending on level of fermentation. While this is slightly on the high side for temps, I check out ferementation ranges on different yeasts to get one that is within this range and allow my brew to sit in the primary three weeks to let the yeast clear up any off flavors from the slightly warm fermentation temps.

HTH,
Dan

ChillyP 02-05-2009 02:51 PM

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Originally Posted by jgardner6 (Post 1113817)
I would like to know how you built the your fermentation chiller.


It's easy. The guy who did the original plans, has taken down his website but i still have a copy of the PDF. Email me and I can send you the PDF. Also theirs a website by a guy named JT (Fermentation Chiller) He's updated the original plans. I've talked to him through email and he's help me on the digital thermostat. This is the one I'm about to make. Send me a message and I can get you the chiller.pdf

ChillyP 02-05-2009 03:09 PM

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Originally Posted by jgardner6 (Post 1113817)
I would like to know how you built the your fermentation chiller.


It's easy. The guy who did the original plans, has taken down his website but i still have a copy of the PDF. Email me and I can send you the PDF. Also theirs a website by a guy named JT (Fermentation Chiller) He's updated the original plans. This is the one I'm about to make. Send me a message and I can get you the chiller.pdf

Deuce 02-05-2009 05:23 PM

Thanks guys... my "better half" thinks my beer expenses are at a max. Therefore I was thinking about doing this; putting my primary in a rubbermaid bucket filled with water, then putting a frozen bottle of water in the water in the morning, after work, and at night, thus alternating bottles. Let me know what you think?

Dr_Deathweed 02-05-2009 05:29 PM

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Originally Posted by Runyank (Post 1114549)
Thanks guys... my "better half" thinks my beer expenses are at a max. Therefore I was thinking about doing this; putting my primary in a rubbermaid bucket filled with water, then putting a frozen bottle of water in the water in the morning, after work, and at night, thus alternating bottles. Let me know what you think?

I did just this for quite awhile before I built my fermentation cabinet (see signature). I used a large rubbermaid tub that could hold 2 carboys, and had a healthy supply of 1 and 2 liter plastic bottles in our freezer. Once I got past the initial fermentation, I did not worry about temperatures as much, and would rack and store at room temp (~80 F).

Sure its not the "gold standard best" way to ferment and store your beers, but it sure beats trying to ferment at 80-85deg when that is all you have...


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