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Old 12-13-2012, 10:45 PM   #1
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There seems to be a lot of discussion about the importance of a cool 60-65 for fermentation. My issue is I don't have a basement and the best I can do is a closet upstairs in a bedroom (closet for no light). My house is never above 72 but never below 68. Will my yeast still be able to thrive at these temps? I haven't started brewing yet because I don't have my kit but I want to do it right when I do. It'll probably be next week when I brew my first batch.



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I used to do cold wet towels wrapped around the bucket in the tub with a few inches of water and jugs of frozen water when it was really hot. If you're in a closet you could put the bucket or carboy in a larger storage container of ice and water. you could also make a swamp cooler in the closet fairly easily and cheap. Are you a DIY type?

I would also add that the wort and yeast suiting fermentation will be warmer than ambient air, so if its 72 in the house, the yeast will be around 75+



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I used to do cold wet towels wrapped around the bucket in the tub with a few inches of water and jugs of frozen water when it was really hot. If you're in a closet you could put the bucket or carboy in a larger storage container of ice and water. you could also make a swamp cooler in the closet fairly easily and cheap. Are you a DIY type?

I would also add that the wort and yeast suiting fermentation will be warmer than ambient air, so if its 72 in the house, the yeast will be around 75+
Swamp cooler? Do tell...
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Yup, when it's cooler at my house I can get away with wet towels, maybe a fan pointing at them. When it's hotter, they're in a muck bucket filled up to the beer level with water and frozen water bottles to keep the temps down. I have to wet towels/change out water bottles 2-3 times a day. I live in an upstairs condo in San Diego, so even in the winter my place is never much under 70F.

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Yup, when it's cooler at my house I can get away with wet towels, maybe a fan pointing at them. When it's hotter, they're in a muck bucket filled up to the beer level with water and frozen water bottles to keep the temps down. I have to wet towels/change out water bottles 2-3 times a day. I live in an upstairs condo in San Diego, so even in the winter my place is never much under 70F.
I'm in central indiana, it's 30 degrees right now.
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I'm in central indiana, it's 30 degrees right now.
Either of those methods should still work, but the wet towels thing doesn't work when it's humid.
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This is what I've got going. Temps stay consistent at 64-66 with just the addition of a couple ice cubes every 6-8 hours. My apt is always between 72-74. Best way I've found to control fermentation temps.

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This thread might have some more info on the swamp cooler.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/swamp-cooler-199965/

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This is what I've got going. Temps stay consistent at 64-66 with just the addition of a couple ice cubes every 6-8 hours. My apt is always between 72-74. Best way I've found to control fermentation temps.
I'm assuming the principles remain the same for a bucket over a carboy?
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I'm assuming the principles remain the same for a bucket over a carboy?
Yes, they do.


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