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Old 05-15-2013, 04:40 AM   #1
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I've made 20 something batches over the last few months. And all is well. So my question is as the weather warms up, how do I maintain good clean brew sessions? I'm worried the warmer weather might greatly increase the chances of a bad / infected brew. Any advice?

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Old 05-15-2013, 02:01 PM   #2
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How so? I brew in FL summers around 95 degrees. Once the boil is done an you're cooling your wort just cover it. Then get it in the ac soon after. If you leave it out long or ferment outside maybe but I think you're ok.

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Flies and other bugs are an issue. I keep a screen on my BK when I can. I hate having to fish flies out of the wort. Even had a wasp in there once.

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Old 05-15-2013, 02:25 PM   #4
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I don't really change my brewing practices for warmer weather and I haven't had an issue. There are more bugs around but fortunately they haven't been an issue yet.

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Don't stand over the pot while brewing during the summer. Or just name it Sweat and Blood Ale

Screen over the pot is a good idea if there are a lot of bugs.

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Old 05-26-2013, 12:55 AM   #6
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I've made 20 something batches over the last few months. And all is well. So my question is as the weather warms up, how do I maintain good clean brew sessions? I'm worried the warmer weather might greatly increase the chances of a bad / infected brew. Any advice?
Just wondering why you think warm weather will introduce problems to your batches? If you have the means to ferment at 68 F you should not have a problem.
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Old 05-26-2013, 01:14 AM   #7
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Chill your wort as quickly as you can. Get it below 80 minimum as a worst case. I shoot for 68-70 & I live in Atlanta.
I use a pre-chiller w/ my CFC & can get the job done in under 10 minutes.

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You shouldnt have any problems with infections as long as you continue to follow strict sanitation practices.

Summer months are great for brewing saisons.

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I brew in Gilbert AZ, my house is 78-80 degrees in the summer time with the A/C pumping. I Put My fermentation bucket in a large pot of water cooled with ice to maintain 70-74 degrees.

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I cool it down to 90'F outside, bring it in and then dunk the fermentation bucket into a cooler with 60' water in it. Let it chill for 30 minutes then pitch.

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