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Old 02-02-2010, 04:23 PM   #1
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Default Im having a tough time keeping my Ale at 68 degree

Not because it too hot but because is too cold. My house does not have very good insulation so I have to keep my heat at 76 in order to have the house around 70 but i really dont want to keep the heat that high when i am at work (it would cost me a fortune). My house is perfect for lagers but I love my Ales. Anybody have any good ideas what i can do or build with a temp control adapter? If I buy a fride can i install a tem control to raise the temp of the fridge to 68 degree even if the room where the fride is is 50 degree?

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Old 02-02-2010, 04:33 PM   #2
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Even if your house was at 60 degrees, your beer should be a little warmer and well within the range for your yeast. Some people here ferment ales even lower than that.

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Old 02-02-2010, 04:35 PM   #3
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A small cube made of rigid insulation, a light bulb, and a temperature controller.

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There are a couple things you can do.

You can use a fridge as a fermentation chamber, but sounds like you'll need the temperature controller connected to some heat source. In a fridge, you can use a heating pad to warm things up. If you get a 2-stage controller you can control both heating and cooling, so it'll be good for all seasons.

You can get a Rubbermaid bin, fill it with water and use an aquarium heater to keep things warm.

I use a heat lamp to keep the pantry where I ferment at a reasonable temperature. We heat with wood, and the pantry is the farthest from the heat source, so it stays kind of chilly (sometimes 45-55 degrees) and the heat lamp gets it to about 60-65.

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A small cube made of rigid insulation, a light bulb, and a temperature controller.
This is working fine for me. However, my box is an old fridge. It's in very cold temps in the garage. I have a remote thermometer in the fridge, and a quick glance across the kitchen tells me that the fermenters are steady at 67F. I love magic!
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Old 02-02-2010, 04:52 PM   #6
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Depending on your recipe, you may have the perfect problem. I prefer to ferment most of my ales in the low 60's, clean and crisp baby.

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Old 02-02-2010, 04:53 PM   #7
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Yeah I prefer to ferment in the low 60's too. Unless it's a Belgian or something.

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I am using the aquarium heater method and it works great. My house is fine, except for the one room I use for beer, which happens to be the only place I can really leave a fermenter. It was a cheap and easy fix to my temp control problems.

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I am using the aquarium heater method and it works great. My house is fine, except for the one room I use for beer, which happens to be the only place I can really leave a fermenter. It was a cheap and easy fix to my temp control problems.

This is what I also do, except I have a Ranco controlling the aquarium heater. Works great and keeps the fermenters at the temp you want. I put the Ranco temp probe on the side of the fermenter, aquarium heater in the water bath.
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Ooops, left that out. I also use a temperature controlled I have leftover from my aquarium reef days.

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