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Old 01-17-2013, 04:53 PM   #11
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Oops, after about 2 minutes of searching I realize to use a water bath and aquarium heater, then I would also need a temperature control unit, so I guess that option may have to wait for another day.
I have to say, my STC-1000 temp controller is competing with my immersion chiller as my favorite $50-ish investment.......

(Though I had a ton of fun with some ghetto temp regulation before acquiring it.)
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Old 01-17-2013, 05:10 PM   #12
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I ferment lagers in a ice chest it holds its temps a lot more stable than a rubber maid tub. The way I do it is to ferment in the ice chest cooler for about two weeks keeping around 48-50 till I do a d-rest. Then I will cold crash and keg it and finish lagering in my kegerator till its read to serve. This method has worked well for me even in the summer months. Although in the summer you do need to pay more attention to your fermenter!!

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Old 01-17-2013, 05:41 PM   #13
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There is no need for a temperature controller with an aquarium heater. Just make sure to buy one with a thermostat instead of a variable heat knob. See the blog post I referenced earlier for details.

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Super glad I found this thread! Just brewed my first lager last night and planned on doing it along these lines, as I am also a stay at home hubby. Way more confident now, thanks for the extra thread refrences Revvy and Woodland

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Well upon further testing and inspection, my basement closet is only keeping 55-56 degrees right now, so I do think I could manipulate the temperature enough to do the active party of fermentation between 48 and 50 degrees F. The lagering portion would be the most difficult for me. As soon as I finished this thread a little while back, the temp has fallen and it is way too cold in my garage. How long does the average beer take to lager? I know many lager for quite some time, others for only a month or so. Maybe I can rig a heating mechanism in order to keep my beer above freezing. I know that the moment I do that though, it will be back to warmer temps outside. Maybe I should just hold off on making a lager and do some sort of cream ale or a lager-like ale with some cooler fermenting ale yeast.

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... Maybe I can rig a heating mechanism in order to keep my beer above freezing...
That's what I do. The 50W aquarium heater I have holds my Rubbermaid tub about 10 degrees above ambient. With a more powerful heater, or a cooler instead of a tub you should have no problem lagering in your garage.

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