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Elysium 05-10-2013 08:03 AM

How do you keep temperature low in the summer (for low ester production)
 
I live in Spain and temperature gets pretty high (even in the closet where I keep my fermenting bucket).

I'd like to use safale s04...but I am worried about the high temperature....can you guys tell me of a simple and effective system to keep temperature low and constant?

Thanks

woknblues 05-10-2013 08:52 AM

place in a water bath, put a wet t-shirt over it so it's dipping in the water, direct a fan towards it.

Jaybird 05-10-2013 09:00 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by woknblues (Post 5183265)
place in a water bath, put a wet t-shirt over it so it's dipping in the water, direct a fan towards it.

Also freeze several 2-3 liter bottles of water and place 1 in the water and replace with frozen ones when they thaw as needed. This, with what ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ said will keep ferment temps well within range for you..

Cheers
Jay

Elysium 05-10-2013 12:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by woknblues (Post 5183265)
place in a water bath, put a wet t-shirt over it so it's dipping in the water, direct a fan towards it.

Thanks a lot for the info. Good idea to do this, but I am not sure I want a fan running in the house for the 3 week fermentation period.

TheBeerist 05-10-2013 05:58 PM

Hola desde los EEUU! Hablas muy bien el inglés. Hablo bastante bien el castellano jaja. Soy americano pero vivia en españa (en andalucia) durante un año y medio, y me encantaba cada segundo. Me gustaria chatear en calstellano pero no sé si seria permitido comunicar en idioma que no fuera inglés.

Safale US-04 should not take 3 weeks to ferment. If you want to let it sit for 3 weeks, that is fine. But you should only need to worry about the temperature for the first 5-7 days.

kombat 05-10-2013 06:26 PM

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Originally Posted by TheBeerist (Post 5184397)
Safale US-04 should not take 3 weeks to ferment. If you want to let it sit for 3 weeks, that is fine. But you should only need to worry about the temperature for the first 5-7 days.

I'd go even farther and say the critical period for temperature is from day 0 - 3. That's when the majority of off-flavours (if any) will be produced.

427Cobra 05-10-2013 07:15 PM

Also the fan works the best but you don't absolutely need it. You could just use more ice packs/ frozen water bottles to keep water temp down.

Elysium 05-10-2013 07:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TheBeerist (Post 5184397)
Hola desde los EEUU! Hablas muy bien el inglés. Hablo bastante bien el castellano jaja. Soy americano pero vivia en españa (en andalucia) durante un año y medio, y me encantaba cada segundo. Me gustaria chatear en calstellano pero no sé si seria permitido comunicar en idioma que no fuera inglés.

Safale US-04 should not take 3 weeks to ferment. If you want to let it sit for 3 weeks, that is fine. But you should only need to worry about the temperature for the first 5-7 days.

Soy de Hungria.....y aqui llevo 5 años viviendo. Gracias. :)

rico567 05-10-2013 10:20 PM

We have a basement that is in the low '60s year-round. That pretty much takes care of it.

daksin 05-10-2013 11:22 PM

I use both the bucket + frozen bottles method as well as wetting a thick towel and pointing a fan at it. As long as the towel is wet, the beer stays cool. I prefer the big bucket + bottles method because I don't have a fan wafting moldy towel air through my living room.


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