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Old 01-21-2013, 10:49 AM   #11
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unattended space heater = big safety issue

one with thermostat = still a safety issue, still wouldn't leave it unattended

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I like Stauffbier's idea about checking the temp on top of the fridge. If that doesn't get up around 68 to 70F I would go with a small space heater (with proper cut offs for overheating or tipping over) and set it up in a closet. The small space will heat nicely without costing too much. Just be very careful about making sure nothing hanging in the closet will make contact with the heater.

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Old 01-21-2013, 12:43 PM   #13
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I keep my beer in the same room I have my fermenter and it is 62 degrees in there. I do not brew high gravity batches so that might be why I never have a problem with the beer as long as I wait three weeks before trying them.

A pipe line is a thing of wonder though. Often times I will leave the beer alone for about 6 weeks and then put it in my cellar for another week or 2 before a week in the fridge. Build up a pipe line and your beer will taste better I promise you.

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Old 01-21-2013, 01:59 PM   #14
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unattended space heater = big safety issue

one with thermostat = still a safety issue, still wouldn't leave it unattended
I couldn't have said this any better!

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I like Stauffbier's idea about checking the temp on top of the fridge. If that doesn't get up around 68 to 70F I would go with a small space heater (with proper cut offs for overheating or tipping over) and set it up in a closet. The small space will heat nicely without costing too much. Just be very careful about making sure nothing hanging in the closet will make contact with the heater.

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Sorry, I'm not trying to argue with you, but I find this to be bad advice. Again.. It's all about safety for me, and an unattended space heater is a ticking time bomb in my opinion.

I do like the idea an earlier poster had about the water bath with an aquarium heater, as I believe they are more stable and reliable for continuous use. YMMV!
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Old 01-21-2013, 02:45 PM   #15
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You can go to a pet store and get a ceramic or infrared light bulb. They use them to keep terrariums warm for lizards and screw into a normal lamp. You can hook that up to a thermostat or one of those eBay aquarium temp controllers everyone on this site loves (including me) and use that. It's like a space heater without the safety risk.

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Isn't light bad for beer though? A heating pad around ur fermentor helps a ton! Or set the fermentor on it. Works like a charm up here in the mountains of Colorado when it's tits cold!

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Isn't light bad for beer though? A heating pad around ur fermentor helps a ton! Or set the fermentor on it. Works like a charm up here in the mountains of Colorado when it's tits cold!
Yeah I should have been clearer. The ceramic bulbs are literally made of ceramic. They emit no light, just get warm. The infrared lights are ok because it's the UV light that messes with your beers. If you want though, you can throw a sheet or something over the bottles while they carbonate or just store them in a box.
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