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Old 03-21-2013, 01:39 AM   #1
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Default Brewing in the summer

Since I'm new at this brewing. What's the best way to brew durning the summer time? Or is it better not brew in the summer time? What's the best beer to brew in the summer time?

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Old 03-21-2013, 01:50 AM   #2
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Not brew in the summer, that's crazy talk!!

Seriously though what exactly are you asking, worried about fermentation temps? Yes, most of us need some type of temp regulation for summer - swamp cooler, fermentation chamber, etc. If you can't control that then Belgians are probably your best bet for high fermentation temps. But anyone should be able to do a simple swamp cooler - search the forum.

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i got into home brewing last may/june. Did my first batch, was all psyched, and then the warmest week of the summer (til that point) hit. I just picked up a johnson controller and have been trolling Lowes and Home Depot for chest freezers for real cheap. Craigslist works too from what i hear but haven't had much luck in my area. It'll all depend on the beers u wanna brew but im a lager/stout kinda guy so i'll need a chest freezer to get the low temps.

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You can go the swamp cooler route if you don't have a fermentation chamber. Or you can go the Belgian route - those Belgian yeast strains can handle/prefer warm fermentation temps.

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I'm actually looking forward to brewing this summer! I can't wait to knock out a few saisons when the temps get into the 80s instead of having to wrap my carboys in heating pads or use aquarium heaters. Quick, fruity wheat beers do well in the summer just find the right yeasts.
But I have a basement that still keeps in the low 70s even in the dog days. Have any place like that? If not build a cheap cooler box or find an old fridge/freezer and keep some frozen water bottles in it. That's how I do my lagers in the basement. I can keep it around 50F in the winter. Definitely in the 60s in the summer.

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maybe not the most practical thing for some of y'all...But we have a brew room.

We brew in a spare bedroom (10'x10') in our home that has a window ac unit. The room is typically kept around 62-65 degrees, even in the 115 degree Arizona summer.

It is doable.

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Swamp cooler and some empty soda bottles. Freeze water in the soda bottles and those are your giant ice cubes. You can get pretty fancy, or you can just use a $12 tub from target/walmart. And summer temps scream for a nice german hefeweizen.

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I have spare stand up freezer will that work in stead of a chest freezer?

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I have spare stand up freezer will that work in stead of a chest freezer?
Any fridge or freezer that has room for your fermenter, coupled with a temp controller, will work. You can build one yourself for cheap (~$40) if you are remotely handy, or you can buy one ready made like a Johnson or Ranco.
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Any fridge or freezer that has room for your fermenter, coupled with a temp controller, will work. You can build one yourself for cheap (~$40) if you are remotely handy, or you can buy one ready made like a Johnson or Ranco.
Do you know if there's a tutorial somewhere on a DIY controller?
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