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Old 09-04-2011, 06:44 PM   #1
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My wife works at a flower shop and they have a cooler that is kept at 40 degrees. I have not looked int Lagering to much but i know it needs to be kept at a cooler temp. Would i be able to work with this cooler?



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Old 09-04-2011, 06:47 PM   #2
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You still need to figure out a way to do primary fermentation at around 50-55F, but if you can do that you could then use the cooler for lagering.



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Make yourself a cheap fermentation chamber....

Get yourself a used refrigerator on Craigslist or elsewhere....you can find one for under a $100.....and then buy yourself a temperature controller.....I have the digital Johnson Controls A419 (I think it was around $80)..and it is great.....then you will be set for lagers or even for Ales in the summertime (my basement is to warm here in the summertime even for ales....so I use my fermentation chamber during summer

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To answer your question, YES.

Swamp cooler with frozen water bottles should let your achieve 55 degrees. Then bring it up to 68 for your d rest and off to the flower shop you go. Man I would be lagering year round if I was in that situation.

I will be checking the want ads for a part time florist job now.

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Make yourself a cheap fermentation chamber....

Get yourself a used refrigerator on Craigslist or elsewhere....you can find one for under a $100.....and then buy yourself a temperature controller.....I have the digital Johnson Controls A419 (I think it was around $80)..and it is great.....then you will be set for lagers or even for Ales in the summertime (my basement is to warm here in the summertime even for ales....so I use my fermentation chamber during summer
This is a good recommendation. I would be careful however getting a used fridge, sometimes they are getting rid of it for a reason. I learned my lesson the hard way after buying a used chest freezer for $150. A nice big 21 cu ft one, I could fit all my fermentors in. The only problem is that it doesn't cool The guy is giving me my money back but I have to get rid of this POS now. Luckily the company where I just bought a new one from picks up the old one on delivery.
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When you say "around" 40 degrees...any chance they could let it sit at more like 45 or 46 degrees for a week or so? If so, you could ferment in there. Otherwise, the swamp cooler idea mentioned above may work for you--I would be very careful about yeast selection if you go that route.

As mentioned above if you can get your hands on an apartment-sized freezer or old fridge (depending on the space you have) to use as a fermentation chamber as well as a temperature controller you will end up with much better results.

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I am no expert but cut flowers require very strict temp control themselves for the longest shelf life. They use high end commercial units that keep good temp control.



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