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Old 06-21-2014, 04:27 AM   #1
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Hello everyone!! Newbie here from Cerritos but I'm originally from the island of Guam. My buddies all homebrew and I finally gave in. I ordered a brewing kit from Northernbrewers today and I'm excited to get it so I can start brewing. I'm open to all suggestions and even looking for brewers near by to learn from.

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Old 06-21-2014, 05:44 AM   #2
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Welcome to HBT and So CA... Brewing here is interesting to say the least because of the daily temps during our Summer (read March to October)!

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Old 06-21-2014, 10:11 PM   #3
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Cool, thanks for the heads up!

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Welcome to the hobby, and the group, from CO

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Welcome I am currently in the high desert of California


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Pasadena represent!

Welcome... Prepare to be hooked on a hobby.

It's hard to control fermentation temps when it's 90+F outside. Fortunately low humidity lets swamp coolers work fairly well. Especially if you supplement with frozen water bottles.

That, or build a temp controlled fermentation chamber

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My brewther and I brew in the desert here in Phoenix with a chest freezer. Working on hard cider now. Refreshing

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That, or build a temp controlled fermentation chamber
This is exactly what I am in the process of doing. 4'W x 4'H x 6'L, using a 5,000 BTU Air Conditioner and 1.5" foam board insulation. If I have my calculations right it should kick on for about 20 minutes 3 or 4 times a day during the hottest part of the Summer. Since I only do ales & ciders and my girls make root beer, I only need it to maintain 62F to 68F temps.
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Old 06-23-2014, 06:21 AM   #9
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Thanks for the warm welcomes everyone!!

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