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Old 08-19-2012, 02:57 PM   #1
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Default Ferm temps in the south. (FL)

Looking for ideas to cool ferm temps with 75-78 ambient temps.
I have a kegorator but need to keep that at serving temp.
Considering partially submerging into a party tub, draping a towel to wick water for evaporating/cooling effect.
Anyone use this technique?
Any other ideas.

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Old 08-19-2012, 03:06 PM   #2
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Search around for swamp cooler.

It's similar to your idea but I think they toss 2L soda bottles filled with frozen water into the tub to cool it further. Just keep a rotation going as they melt to maintain a steady temperature.

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Old 08-19-2012, 03:21 PM   #3
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I'm in Houston and I've tried the frozen bottle wet towel things and while better then nothing the best you can do is get a cheap ugly fridge off Craigslist and a temp controller. It's worth the money, my beers are way better now that I have good temp control and I can do a lager when it's 100 degrees with 99% humidity without a problem.

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Old 08-19-2012, 03:27 PM   #4
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I'm in Houston and I've tried the frozen bottle wet towel things and while better then nothing the best you can do is get a cheap ugly fridge off Craigslist and a temp controller. It's worth the money, my beers are way better now that I have good temp control and I can do a lager when it's 100 degrees with 99% humidity without a problem.
I agree, or look for a wine fridge. They typically only go down into the 40's and highs into he 60's....I use one to ferment in, it's great, and I don't need a temp controller since the fridge was made to run in the 60's for wine.
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Old 08-19-2012, 03:31 PM   #5
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use saison yeast

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Old 08-19-2012, 04:08 PM   #6
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A fridge with temp controller is ideal and makes a noticeable difference over other alternatives. Before that, I used a simple fermentation chamber built out of a cooler with a styrofoam lid - the cooler is partially filled with water and frozen water bottles.



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Old 08-19-2012, 04:08 PM   #7
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I found a 7 cu ft chest freezer on craigslist for $100 & picked up an external thermostat regulator off of amazon for $75. Allows me to keep the chest freezer at a consistent temp at all times and is a set and forget kind of thing. It holds two 5 gallon carboys with a nice side compartment that fits about 18 bombers and has two baskets to keep brewing ingredients etc.

That, I think, is the best option. You don't have to worry about constantly checking it and such. $175 is a good investment on arguably the most important aspect of the brewing process. Hope this helps!

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Old 08-19-2012, 04:17 PM   #8
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Full tub of water and wet towel over the top. Stayed at high 60' s for whole cycle. Central air was set to 77. In Florida too by the way

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Old 08-19-2012, 04:57 PM   #9
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Buy a chest freezer, if you have a smart phone, down load the craigs list app and do a search for freezer. It will notify you whenever someone post something about a freezer. I found one for 50 dollars. I did the swamp cooler thing for almost two years and once I got my chest freezer I could not believe I did the swamp cooler with that long.

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Old 08-20-2012, 01:35 AM   #10
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All helpful replies! Thanks.
Not practical at this time to purchase an additional fridge or freezer.
I'm going to try the tub thing.
Mike

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