Kegconnection Complete Starter Kit and More Giveaway!


Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > fermentation closet complete!

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 12-15-2012, 03:02 PM   #1
drewN
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 70
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

Default fermentation closet complete!

Hey guys just finished my fermentation controlled room in my closet. It's big enough for me to store 5 ferm buckets/carboys. I set it up with a temp control and a space heater to hit my desired temperature. One quick question. Should i heat the room to 68, or is the liquid supposed to be 68F? If so, what do you guys heat your room to for the "best" success of yeast growth

__________________
drewN is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-15-2012, 03:13 PM   #2
stonebrewer
Invented the IPL
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
 
stonebrewer's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: rockville, md
Posts: 847
Liked 76 Times on 67 Posts
Likes Given: 9

Default

You want to control the temperature of the beer so what I do is put my temperature controller sensor in a large vessel of water and try to maintain the temp of the water at my fermentation temperature. It's not exact, but it seems to work. You may have to tweak it a degree one way or the other or you can say its close enough.

__________________
stonebrewer is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-15-2012, 03:26 PM   #3
drewN
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 70
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

Default

I think i'll keep the room at 70 and wrap a small blanket around the buckets.

__________________
drewN is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-15-2012, 03:35 PM   #4
Stauffbier
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
 
Stauffbier's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: El Paso, TX
Posts: 5,061
Liked 1000 Times on 615 Posts
Likes Given: 2673

Default

I personally don't like the "sensor in a bucket of water" thing, because the water stays pretty constant. Your beer doesn't stay constant. The process of fermentation makes heat, so the beer temp is always trying to rise. For this reason I prefer to either tape the temp probe to the side of the fermenter and cover it with insulation or use a thermowell in which you can submerse the probe in to the beer itself. This will keep the ambient temps where they are supposed to be in order to maintain a constant beer temp.

__________________
Bier war sein letztes wort dann trugen ihn die Englein fort...

Stauffbier is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-15-2012, 03:50 PM   #5
supermoth
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Oakland, CA
Posts: 244
Liked 15 Times on 11 Posts
Likes Given: 10

Default

I completely agree with Stauffbier. Have you ever touched the side of your bucket or carboy during active fermentation and felt the heat that emanates from it? It's kind of amazing. Taping and insulating the sensor to the side of the bucket is easy and effective.

Also, 70 degrees sounds a little on the warm side for most ale yeasts. Depending on what yeast you're using and what flavors you want, you might want to stick to the mid 60s.

__________________
supermoth is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-15-2012, 03:51 PM   #6
F250
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Jefferson City, MO
Posts: 516
Liked 36 Times on 33 Posts
Likes Given: 82

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by drewN View Post
I think i'll keep the room at 70 and wrap a small blanket around the buckets.
That seems awfully warm. If the room is 70, your beer could be 75-80 degrees. Why would you need a heater at all?
__________________

Primary - Big Pale Citra Ale (AG)(1.063)
Secondary - Bitter (AG)
Bottled - Best Bitter, Bitter, SNPA clone
On deck - Tank #7 clone.

F250 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-15-2012, 03:57 PM   #7
duboman
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Glenview, IL
Posts: 5,997
Liked 452 Times on 421 Posts
Likes Given: 201

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by drewN View Post
Hey guys just finished my fermentation controlled room in my closet. It's big enough for me to store 5 ferm buckets/carboys. I set it up with a temp control and a space heater to hit my desired temperature. One quick question. Should i heat the room to 68, or is the liquid supposed to be 68F? If so, what do you guys heat your room to for the "best" success of yeast growth
How cold is this room ambient? Most people have a hard time getting temps down, not up. 70 is too warm for ambient if you are brewing ales, mid 60's is ideal and as already noted it's not the room but the beer temperature you need to be concerned with.

Active fermentation can raise the internal temperature of the vessel by 5-10 degrees so your temp monitor really needs to be on the vessel. If not then you want to keep the room slightly cooler than the the desired temperature for fermentation.

As a side note, please be careful in using the space heater if this is a small confined room, those things are notorious for starting fires, shorting out, etc.
__________________
Nothing Left to do but smile and drink beer.....

The Commune Brewing Company-Perfecting the "art" of beer since 2010
duboman is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-15-2012, 03:59 PM   #8
Brulosopher
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Fresno, CA
Posts: 2,694
Liked 199 Times on 165 Posts
Likes Given: 114

Default

If you're controlling ambient temp, keep it right around 60F and you'll be good to go for nearly all ales. An make sure your wort is about the same temp before pitching!

__________________
How To Easily Harvest Clean Yeast from Starters

Make Good Lager in Less Time!

|BRULOSOPHY|
Brulosopher is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-15-2012, 04:26 PM   #9
drewN
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 70
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

Default

Thanks for the heads up, before i had my space heater my room was low to mid 50's. Ill adjust the room temp to 63

__________________
drewN is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-15-2012, 04:29 PM   #10
F250
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Jefferson City, MO
Posts: 516
Liked 36 Times on 33 Posts
Likes Given: 82

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by drewN View Post
Thanks for the heads up, before i had my space heater my room was low to mid 50's. Ill adjust the room temp to 63
Drew, just in the sake of conversation, my coal room right now is 58 degrees. I have two ales in there just fermenting up a storm. One says its 64 the other 66 on the side of the carboys. I wouldn't waste much electricity heating a room for fermentation.

Just my 2 cents.

Rick
__________________

Primary - Big Pale Citra Ale (AG)(1.063)
Secondary - Bitter (AG)
Bottled - Best Bitter, Bitter, SNPA clone
On deck - Tank #7 clone.

F250 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
Fermentation closet. cameronsto DIY Projects 51 11-14-2010 04:48 PM
Fermentation Closet almost done deprecated DIY Projects 12 08-20-2010 05:02 PM
Fermentation Closet jdoiv DIY Projects 3 08-22-2007 02:16 PM
My Fermentation 'closet' Rook Home Brewing Photo Forum 23 08-19-2007 06:41 AM
Fermentation in closet? mworkman Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 5 02-04-2006 02:49 AM



Newest Threads