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Old 01-07-2012, 09:00 PM   #11
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search "swamp cooler" here on HBT. (not on google, on HBT) that's your best and easiest bet for controlling temps.
don't ferment outside, in the garage, or in an other uncontrolled environment. the yeast don't like the drastic temp changes that happen in a garage or outside.
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See my post above for the answer.
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I know the swamp cooler idea but I don't think my wife is going to go for one running in our bonus room.

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I also don't think my garage will fluctuate "that" much. If the outdoor temp only swings 15 or so degrees in 24 hours with 1 warm wall I would think the garage would change even less I would imagine.

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I know the swamp cooler idea but I don't think my wife is going to go for one running in our bonus room.
it doesn't 'run'. it's a bucket of water. you cool it with ice bottles, warm it with an aquarium heater or hot water. just search "SWAMP COOLER" here on HBT, it's about as basic and simple as ya can get.
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Sorry for the misunderstanding I am used to the term for a fan setup blowing over ice water cooling a larger area.

As I said a few posts ago my concerns are what is worse. A possible swing in temps of a few degrees or lugging the bucket down from the second story after fermentation is over and stirring up the finished product?

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Sorry for the misunderstanding I am used to the term for a fan setup blowing over ice water cooling a larger area.

As I said a few posts ago my concerns are what is worse. A possible swing in temps of a few degrees or lugging the bucket down from the second story after fermentation is over and stirring up the finished product?
that's why i made it clear to search HBT, not google for swamp coolers. ours are different from the things you cool a garage with.

neither temp swings or a lot of lugging of your carboy it recommended for different reasons. temp swings=bad beer. lugging a bucket around=risk of dropping homebrew. lugging a carboy around=the same risk. if you are lugging it up and down stairs twice a day, your risk for dropping and spilling increase. plus that's a huge PITA. do the swamp cooler thing, you're going to need one anyway if you wanna make beer in the summer, so just do it now.
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All good points Nord. I had thought I had read that too much lugging could result in issues as well. Once the yeast cake settles to the bottom then lugging that down the stairs would stir it up and I would end up with sediment in the finished product.

In the end your probably correct and l will move the bucket up to the bonus room. Temps in that room this time of year should be more than cold enough.

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Just a quick update. I decided to use the garage as an experiment last night. Original pitch temp was around 69. Think the wort was still a tad on the warm side. By about 10 last night it was dow. Around 64-65 on my stick on thermometer. Checked this am and it only seems to have dropped a couple degrees into the 62-63 range. Fermentation seems to have started strong. Going to stay with the garage unless temps fluctuate more then I will go indoors.

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Home Depot sells electronic thermometers that keep the highest and lowest temp so you can see the swing. They are pretty cheap too. I have one in my basement right now and the temp swings between 57 and 61. The past few days have gone from 8* to 65* outside. With such a huge swing in outside temp, I'll take a 4 degree swing inside my basement. You also have to remember that it takes the beer more time to change in temp than it does the ambient air. So in my case where I have a 4 degree change over the past few days, that will amount to the beer changing maybe a degree or two at the most.

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