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Old 09-21-2009, 12:42 AM   #1
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during fermentation. im pretty new to home brewing and know that controlling your temp during fermentation is very important. my question is what is your method for temp control and how much money am i going to have to spend to achieve temp control.

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Old 09-21-2009, 12:45 AM   #2
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Put your fermenter in a plastic tub of some sort, fill it halfway with water, put a t-shirt over the fermenter and allow the water to wick up into the shirt. Switch out one or two 1- or 2-liter bottles of frozen water as often as necessary, once or twice a day. Set up a fan to blow on the fermenter to more quickly evaporate the water, if you need to.

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Old 09-21-2009, 12:49 AM   #3
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+1 to Rick500. Doesn't cost much at all.

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i have had a belgian ale in secondary for about two months now. should i go ahead and start doing this or just wait and try it on my next beer? also could this method cause the beer to get to cold or fluctuate temperature too much?

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Old 09-21-2009, 12:54 AM   #5
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Mine is pretty much the same as Rick's, no problem keeping the fermenter in the low 60s even during hot weather.

I don't do it after the beer is racked to secondary - it's the first week that's the most important. Once I rack to secondary I don't worry much about temp control, I usually start a new batch and put it in the swamp cooler.

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Old 09-21-2009, 12:54 AM   #6
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I would assume after 2 months you're probably fine.

One of the purposes of the water in the tub is that it'll take a lot more time for a large amount of water to change temperature than the air. Also the evaporation from the top with the wet t-shirt will keep it a little cool. you can just fill up the tub a little more and forgo the t-shirt to get an even more stable temp. Albeit a warmer one.

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Old 09-21-2009, 01:02 AM   #8
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Here is a thread with a few ideas. I started using temp control with this method a year ago and it works extremely well considering how simple it is. I have been able to keep a beer at 60 degrees in a 78 degree house without too much trouble.

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thanks for the help everyone. i think i will try this on my next beer. i am going to let the belgian ferment at about the temp it has been which is about 75-77 because i hear they do better at this temp. also, does the shirt need to be touching the water??

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Yes. If its touching the water it will work sort of like a wick in a candle, so it'll stay somewhat wet.

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