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Old 07-01-2012, 04:06 PM   #1
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Its hot here in Colorado right now and my fermenters are too hot. I have solved this problem by wrapping them in a wet towel around them. I'm concerned that I this 90 degree weather will effect the bottles temp.

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Old 07-01-2012, 04:17 PM   #2
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If you have a fan you can have it blowing on the wet towels that you wrapped around your fermenters. This will give you about 10˚F of evaporative cooling. The key is to keep the towels moist at all times. I do this by placing my fermenter in a container with some water in it, and have ends of the towels sitting in the water. The water will wick up into the towel, keeping it wet.

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Old 07-01-2012, 04:28 PM   #3
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That's what I'm doing now and that's working quite well. Its bottling day for me, I let my bottles sit for two Weeks should I be concerned since I store then in a cardboard box a wet towel won't really work for that

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JAYMACK58, what johnsma22 is talking about is called a "swamp cooler". You can find lots of info about them if you do a search on this site.

You can also add frozen water bottles to the swamp cooler to get the temps down. This is how I have to ferment here in good ol' El Paso!

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That's what I'm doing now and that's working quite well. Its bottling day for me, I let my bottles sit for two Weeks should I be concerned since I store then in a cardboard box a wet towel won't really work for that
Wait.... Are we talking about bottled beer or fermenters?
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Old 07-01-2012, 04:41 PM   #6
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The bottled beer

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The bottles should be stored somewhere between 70-80F while carbing up. Once they are carbed you can cellar them at 50-65F. If you don't have a nice, cool basement/cellar, then you can just leave them at room temp until you're ready to consume. When you are ready to consume put them in the fridge for a few days (or longer if you can) before you drink them..

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The life of a packaged beer doubles with every ten degree lower storage temp. I think that is in degrees C. Dr Bamforth said this in an interview on Brew Strong.

The cooler temps will prevent a beer from aging... So barley wines and other big beers benefit from cellar temps over fridge temps.

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