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Old 12-08-2009, 04:44 AM   #1
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Default Keeping Lagers Warmer for Fermenting

As I type, I'm boiling a couple of lagers. I typically pitch & ferment at 50F, either using my kegerator, or relying on winter to cool my basement to 48F-52F.
However, Portland is currently having a cold snap, and my basement is 40F. I suppose I can use hot water bottles in a water bath to raise the temp ~50F. Any other ideas for keeping lagers warmer than ambient?

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Old 12-08-2009, 04:52 AM   #2
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As I type, I'm boiling a couple of lagers. I typically pitch & ferment at 50F, either using my kegerator, or relying on winter to cool my basement to 48F-52F.
However, Portland is currently having a cold snap, and my basement is 40F. I suppose I can use hot water bottles in a water bath to raise the temp ~50F. Any other ideas for keeping lagers warmer than ambient?
Fish tank heater in a water bath.
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Fish tank heater in a water bath.
I've got a couple of aquarium heaters, but neither one goes below 60F.
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I've got a couple of aquarium heaters, but neither one goes below 60F.
Keep using less water until the fermenter temp is cooled enough by the air temp to even out the 60F water.
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Keep using less water until the fermenter temp is cooled enough by the air temp to even out the 60F water.
I hadn't thought of that. I'm curious if that keeps a relatively even temp in the fermenter.
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I hadn't thought of that. I'm curious if that keeps a relatively even temp in the fermenter.
The yeast will circulate the wort/beer so it should be pretty decent.
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