Originally Posted by JimRausch
Hey folks, clear something up for me please. The OP is using a swamp cooler. So, shouldn't the temp of the water bath surrounding the bucket/carboy be the same as the temp of the liquid within the container? I'm thinking of the thermal mass of all the water surrounding. I hope I'm right because I rely on swamp coolers/thermal mass to moderate all my temps- fermentation, cold crashing, lagering.
You are right. I must have missed that when I read the posts.
I do think that the plastic bucket must provide a small insulating effect though, so internal temps could be a degree or two higher.
I think I even read once that internal temps at center of wort mass can be higher than perimeter.