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Old 12-28-2013, 03:05 AM   #21
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Isn't DME Dark (or dry) Malt Extract? So by definition not all grain?
Yes, this is an extract batch. For those who don't already know, all-grain refers to brewing without using extract by mashing base malts and specialty grains (in most cases) to produce wort.
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Old 12-28-2013, 03:10 AM   #22
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Yeah, I updated that same posting further down after doing a bit more reading/learning earlier today.

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Old 12-28-2013, 05:01 AM   #23
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One thing you could check out is something called a "swamp cooler". It is basically a big tub that you put your fermenter in and then fill with water. It is a cheaper way to moderate temps for your beer rather than buying something expensive. It increases that same concept about large quantities of water resisting temp change. The former science teacher (and dork) in me would refer to it as water's high specific heat.

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Old 12-28-2013, 05:17 AM   #24
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One thing you could check out is something called a "swamp cooler". It is basically a big tub that you put your fermenter in and then fill with water. It is a cheaper way to moderate temps for your beer rather than buying something expensive. It increases that same concept about large quantities of water resisting temp change. The former science teacher (and dork) in me would refer to it as water's high specific heat.
As I understand it, a swamp cooler works by evaporation; a towel or tshirt on the fermenter sits in the water and wicks it up. The evaporation draws heat from the beer and cools it. All that said, you're right that just putting your fermenter in a tub of water will protect it from any temperature swings.
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Old 12-28-2013, 06:32 AM   #25
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Interesting. I have a plastic tub large enough to accommodate. I'm still trying to drop the temp down from 70 degs without the tub in the garage. I'll check the temp tomorrow morning and see from there. Thanks again everyone.

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Yeah, I updated that same posting further down after doing a bit more reading/learning earlier today.
Just making sure I understood. Still learning also.
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I checked the temps on the fermenter this morning and they were at 64-65 degrees Hopefully the first 30 hours at 70 degrees didn't mess it up too bad.

I'll be monitoring the temps throughout the day to see if the swamp cooler is needed. Thanks again!

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Old 12-28-2013, 04:26 PM   #28
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I checked the temps on the fermenter this morning and they were at 64-65 degrees Hopefully the first 30 hours at 70 degrees didn't mess it up too bad.

I'll be monitoring the temps throughout the day to see if the swamp cooler is needed. Thanks again!
Your beer will be just fine, make a mental note of the swamp cooler for next time , and most importantly welcome to the forum and the addiction!
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I checked the temps on the fermenter this morning and they were at 64-65 degrees Hopefully the first 30 hours at 70 degrees didn't mess it up too bad.

I'll be monitoring the temps throughout the day to see if the swamp cooler is needed. Thanks again!
64° to 65° is perfect. You could still put the fermentor in the tub of water to prevent temperature swings. If are going to do this have the water at 64°.

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