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Old 03-04-2013, 05:56 PM   #1
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A question to the home brewers in the Phoenix area. Where is your preferred place to conduct fermenting. With the 100 plus temps around the corner, what's your ideal place?

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Old 03-04-2013, 06:16 PM   #2
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I'm not from Phoenix, but I'm in Texas and the 100F temps aren't too far away for us either. Making Belgians 8-9 months a year gets boring, so I got a 4.4 cu.ft. Frigidaire fridge and Thomson temperature controller. I took the freezer section out of the fridge and my 7.9 gallon buckets fit just fine, one at a time. I went with this fridge because of space issues. If I had the space, I would have gone with something larger to fit more fermentors. I tried swamp coolers, but it just didn't work out. I still had wild temperature swings. My beer got considerably better once I started really controllilng my fermentation temperature with this setup.

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Old 03-04-2013, 06:26 PM   #3
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Texas here. With the summer heat approaching, there is no "ideal place" unless you keep your home thermostat at 68* or cooler. In the summer, mine's at 75.

Craigslist freezer or fridge. STC-1000 dual temp controller. Spent $100 total. Plus, I get to tweak my fermentations and lager if I desire. Life is good.
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Thanks for the tips. I'm keeping my eye out for a cheap fridge.

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