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Old 08-27-2012, 04:46 PM   #1
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I just finished building my fermentation chamber, and was wondering what kind of difference will I notice in my beer?

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Old 08-27-2012, 04:55 PM   #2
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It will taste better. Haha. More consistent (and usually lower) temps means a cleaner ferment, meaning less undesirable flavors, full attenuation, and a crisp tasty beer. This is an extremely important aspect, so good job!

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Old 08-27-2012, 05:39 PM   #3
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I just finished building my fermentation chamber, and was wondering what kind of difference will I notice in my beer?
Night and Day. Seriously. You should see a pretty dramatic increase in quality and consistency.
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Old 08-27-2012, 06:17 PM   #4
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Night and Day. Seriously. You should see a pretty dramatic increase in quality and consistency.
I'm really glad to hear that, cuz the last 5 or so batches I've made havnt turned out that good. I've since stopped brewing until I make some much needed changes to my brewery
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Old 08-27-2012, 06:25 PM   #5
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I'm really glad to hear that, cuz the last 5 or so batches I've made havnt turned out that good. I've since stopped brewing until I make some much needed changes to my brewery
I was in the same boat about a year and half ago. I was making beers that in the spring and fall turned out great but in the summer were awful. It was pretty depressing to pour $50's down the sink. I bought a chest freezer and made that my fermentation chamber. Easily the best investment I've ever made in my brewery. Making starters for liquid yeast was also an important change too. Take care of your yeast and they will take care of you!
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Old 08-27-2012, 06:26 PM   #6
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Should be a big improvement. IMHO, the 3 biggest factors to homebrew success are (in no particular order): (1) decent recipe, (2) chlorine-free water, (3) proper fermentation temp. For the most part, all the other stuff is just minor tweaking.

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Old 08-28-2012, 01:22 AM   #7
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Before I converted a freezer into my fermentation chamber, my beers were drinkable at best - Florida heat is mostly a bad thing. Just finished an IPA for my 1st beer in the ferm chamber and BAM! Delicious ale!

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Old 08-28-2012, 01:27 AM   #8
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It makes a huge difference and I saw improvements right away. Pitching the correct amount of yeast and temperature control are two of the biggest impacts on your beer.

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Should be a big improvement. IMHO, the 3 biggest factors to homebrew success are (in no particular order): (1) decent recipe, (2) chlorine-free water, (3) proper fermentation temp. For the most part, all the other stuff is just minor tweaking.
You forgot to add proper sanitization and pitching the proper amount of healthy yeast. But yes controlling ferment temp is very big.
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Should be a big improvement. IMHO, the 3 biggest factors to homebrew success are (in no particular order): (1) decent recipe, (2) chlorine-free water, (3) proper fermentation temp. For the most part, all the other stuff is just minor tweaking.
I know you said no particular order, but proper fermentation temperatures should still come before a decent recipe. I've made the same recipe before and after I was controlling temperatures, and you wouldn't have known it was the same recipe.

I think you can get away with cutting a lot of corners in brewing, but a high fermentation temperature can turn the best recipes undrinkable.
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