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Old 08-22-2014, 06:40 AM   #11
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Welcome from Rancho Cucamonga! The Riverside store is great (if not well hidden)!
Boy your not kidding about being hidden, I circled the darn bridge for twenty minutes looking for the place the first time. the GPS kept saying I had arrived at the top of the bridge.
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Old 08-22-2014, 09:52 PM   #12
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Boy your not kidding about being hidden, I circled the darn bridge for twenty minutes looking for the place the first time. the GPS kept saying I had arrived at the top of the bridge.
haha totally! Luckily my Dad's Furniture repair shop is right up the street so I'm pretty familiar with the area.

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What he said. You'll want a "swamp cooler" for around here to keep fermentation temperature under control. There are many ways to control temps, but the swamp cooler is pretty inexpensive and easy to maintain. Get a large tub from lowes/hd and do what chelshubby says with the frozen water bottles. It works quite well if you stay on top of it.
For the most part, whatever style you're going for, fermentation temperature control is the most important aspect of brewing...beyond the other thousand things...
Think 6-8 frozen water bottles should do it (per day)? Rob at More Beer! said about 8 to 10 lbs of ice per day for the first few days in one of those tubs for a 5 gal batch. What do ya'll think?
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Old 08-23-2014, 04:10 AM   #13
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That'll work. Just make sure you have enough frozen bottles to swap out 2-3 times a day. When fermentation starts the metabolization will heat your brew up, sometimes 6-8 degrees higher so you gotta be vigilant those few days. If it heats up you'll get off flavors and fusal alcohols that smell like rubbing alcohol. You don't want super low temps either, your fermentation may stall and off flavors can manifest there as well.

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Old 08-23-2014, 05:53 AM   #14
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The first 4 or 5 days the beer fermenting makes some heat after that your need for ice slows down to 1/2 or less depending on the swamp cooler. I am using a square ice chest and letting the blow off tube run thru the hole in the top the first 4 days or so. after that I just put the air lock in . I cut a hole in the lid of the chest that just clears the air lock by a 1/4 inch or so. I would give a picture but I am computer dumb and camera dumb. lol How often you change out ice bottles will depend on how warm the area is and how insulated the swamp cooler water is from the outside.
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Old 08-24-2014, 08:27 AM   #15
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Riverside here too, just picked up two kits at BBMB Friday. :-) Yeah, that bridge throws me off. We're excited to get these going, and it's nice to see other locals so active in here.

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Welcome to the hobby, and the group, from CO

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Welcome to the forum. Looks like you're well established here already. Good luck on the first brew.

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Riverside here too, just picked up two kits at BBMB Friday. :-) Yeah, that bridge throws me off. We're excited to get these going, and it's nice to see other locals so active in here.
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Welcome to the forum. Looks like you're well established here already. Good luck on the first brew.
Thanks fellas! I'm going to get my hands on an outdoor propane burner and brew my first batch this coming week!
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