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Old 07-14-2014, 11:30 PM   #11
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Braufesseor, what temps do you bottle condition at in the winter? I keep my house around 60 degrees also.
About 35 degrees...... Kegs my friend

I do bottle condition some ocassional beers (bourbon barrel porter, sour, big beers)..... I put them upstairs in my south facing living room - which is probably 68-70 generally. Once they carbonate, I move them back down to my brewroom in the basement.
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Old 07-15-2014, 07:59 PM   #12
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About 35 degrees...... Kegs my friend

I do bottle condition some ocassional beers (bourbon barrel porter, sour, big beers)..... I put them upstairs in my south facing living room - which is probably 68-70 generally. Once they carbonate, I move them back down to my brewroom in the basement.
Oh, OK, kegs; my bad.
I'm gonna brew this winter, just trying to figure out how to warm up my bottle conditioning.
Thanks for the reply.
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Old 07-15-2014, 08:12 PM   #13
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My basement is generally pretty cool in the summer (between 60-68F) and in winter about 5-10 degrees cooler. I live in a 100 year old house in Toronto if that helps guesstimate what the basement is like (probably similar to Chicago / Detroit in terms of home construction and weather).

So I'm in a spot where sometimes my fermenting brew needs to be cooled a bit while other times it needs to be a bit warmer. I'd like a solution that takes up as little space as possible. Would setting a small fridge to say 50-55F and then having a heating pad or belt with a temperature gauge set to my fermentation temp work well?

It might not be energy efficient which, frankly, I don't care but if there's a better way or people with similar situations and other solutions I'd like to hear them
Look at www.beanfarm.com in the temperature section. You can order FlexWatt by the foot and run it with an STC-1000. Just build an enclosure out of 1-2" rigid foam and line it with the FlexWatt (or partially line it). When you need to heat, drop the enclosure over your fermenter, plug it into the STC, set the temp and you're done.
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I just ordered this Cool Brew zip-up ferment cooler from AIH http://www.homebrewing.org/Cool-Brew_p_2909.html
My Basement has been around 72 and i am hoping with this bag and the help of some frozen 2 liter bottles can bring the temp down to 66-68 ish
Those work great, I have two of them! You'll have no trouble getting down to 66-68 and probably cooler.
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Those work great, I have two of them! You'll have no trouble getting down to 66-68 and probably cooler.
Sweet, I cant wait to try it out.
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