Spike Brewing 12.5 Conical Fermenter Giveaway - Enter Now!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Controlling temperatures with Winter coming

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 11-01-2012, 06:06 PM   #1
Sulfuriois
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 15
Default Controlling temperatures with Winter coming

New homebrewer here with a question about temperature regulation now that it's getting cold outside. I got into home-brewing this summer and have since been hooked. One of my first purchases after I got my beginning setup was a Johnson A419 temperature controller to regulate temperatures in an existing chest freezer that I have in my garage. That was all fine and dandy during the summer but this morning, I noticed that the temperature was reading 62 instead of the 68 that it's set for. Obviously it got cold enough last night to drop the temperature down a few degrees inside the freezer. I'm wishing now that I had the foresight to get a dual-stage controller but that's another day.

The main reason I'm concerned is that I have a brew day scheduled for this Saturday and I want to make sure that my temperatures stay warm enough. Looking at the weather forecast down here in the Alabama (Shhh) I don't expect it will drop down below 62 in the ferm chamber since my garage is getting a bit of heat from the house. Do you guys think the heat from an active fermentation will be enough to bring the temperatures up to an acceptable range? Or should I just bring the vessel into the house until I can get my dual-stage controller setup? FYI, I'll be brewing an IPA and using WLP001.

__________________
Sulfuriois is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-01-2012, 06:10 PM   #2
h22lude
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
h22lude's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: lincoln, ri
Posts: 1,612
Liked 56 Times on 48 Posts
Likes Given: 11

Default

I may be a little confused. You have a chest freezer and the temp doesn't go below low 60s?

I like to keep my beer temp at the lower end of the yeast temp range. If you can keep your beer temp in the low to mid 60s you will be fine.

White Labs says 68 to 73 for this yeast so anywhere in there is good. I would still probably go the low end maybe even a degree or two lower.

__________________
Primary: Nothing

Kegged: Dunkelweizen, Fizzy yellow beer and Pumpkin Ale

Bottled: Nothing

On my list to brew: Stone IPA and some kind of wit
h22lude is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-01-2012, 06:12 PM   #3
beergolf
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
beergolf's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: collingswood, nj
Posts: 3,994
Liked 367 Times on 299 Posts
Likes Given: 116

Default

I love brewing in the winter. My basement stay at 58-60 degrees. Perfect for fermenting most ales. If I do want to do something that requires heat I just use a cooler full of water and heat it with an aquarium heater.

You are fine.

__________________
beergolf is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-01-2012, 06:15 PM   #4
Sulfuriois
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 15
Default

Sorry, I wasn't all that clear about that. It has no problem getting cold enough if I set the controller to a lower temp. It's the cold weather that's making it colder than I want. Unfortunately I don't have the option of moving my chest freezer into the house.

__________________
Sulfuriois is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-01-2012, 06:30 PM   #5
estricklin
Certified Guitar Pickin' Hop Slingin' Crazy Homebrewer
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
estricklin's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Oppelo, Arkansas
Posts: 1,027
Liked 118 Times on 92 Posts
Likes Given: 109

Default

I live in Arkansas and I love brewing in the winter, I have an extra room in my house I call the "gun room" that I use for reloading ammo and gun collecting, I throw my fermenters in there and crack the window, keep the heat shut off and it stays in the low 60s usually. I can always shut the window if it gets too cold, but hey we're in the southeast so how often does that happen?

__________________
estricklin is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-01-2012, 06:35 PM   #6
CaptnCully
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 129
Liked 17 Times on 10 Posts

Default

If you Have the a419 that is a dual controller. It just wont do both at the same time. Check out the instructions and move the pins to set it to heat and then plug in a small space heater with a built in fan thats how i do it up north

__________________
CaptnCully is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-01-2012, 06:36 PM   #7
rlynne
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Port Moody, BC
Posts: 3
Default

Turn your controller to heating mode then add a heat source. For about $40 you can by a heating pad (for sore backs and muscles) at any drugstore which you can plug directly into your controller. When you have an active fermentation you might have to switch back to cooling mode for the first few days as it will be the heat source. Works really well!

__________________
rlynne is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-01-2012, 06:40 PM   #8
khaos
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: kingman, KS
Posts: 71
Default

Op: being tour neighbor in Kansas I am running into the same issues with my ferment fridge. I have the johnson a419 as well. Also wishing I had bought the stc-1000 but have came with an ideal for temp control put a light with a low wattage bulb in your freezer cover with say a coffee can or aluminum foil so to block the light. Presto no more temp drop.

__________________
khaos is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-01-2012, 06:42 PM   #9
khaos
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: kingman, KS
Posts: 71
Default

Oh i might add I just use this ideal at night being the days have been fairly warm

__________________
khaos is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-01-2012, 06:42 PM   #10
billl
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Raleigh, NC
Posts: 1,872
Liked 263 Times on 221 Posts
Likes Given: 7

Default

I here ya. My freezer is in my unfinished, walkout basement.

Obviously, a 2 stage controller makes things a ton easier.

Until you get on, you have to monitor the fermenter and adjust accordingly. When warming in the freezer, I generally set the temp around 60 during active fermentation. The heat from the yeast raise it another 5 degrees or so. Once the yeast start to slow down, I'll set the temp up to 65. That is really going to depend on the temp in your garage though.

You also might need to manually switch from heating to cooling during the day. eg if it is 65 during the day, the freezer will trap the heat from the yeast and easily raise them temp to 70+.

__________________
billl is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Controlling fermentation temp in winter ImperialStout DIY Projects 8 02-25-2012 04:47 PM
Controlling mash temperatures NOISEpollution Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 6 02-18-2012 10:55 PM
Controlling temperatures Rbeckett Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 9 02-15-2012 01:50 PM
Winter is coming. govain Equipment/Sanitation 38 10-28-2011 06:18 PM
Controlling Fermentation Temperatures - Poll neovox Fermentation & Yeast 27 09-02-2010 09:41 PM