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Old 09-27-2012, 06:35 PM   #11
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How many degrees does the bucket with frozen 2 litres drop the fermenting wort?
If the fermentation can run 10 degrees over ambient temps, can the ice bath get the fermentation down to 10 degrees below ambient? 20 degrees?



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Old 09-27-2012, 06:40 PM   #12
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I also live in Florida. I use a big Walmart fishing cooler, turned on its end, with the 6.5 gallon bucket inside. Swap out frozen bottles every 12-24 hours and you can get the temperatures much lower without the hassle of a swamp cooler.

Looks goofy as hell, but works well



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Old 09-27-2012, 06:55 PM   #13
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How many degrees does the bucket with frozen 2 litres drop the fermenting wort?
If the fermentation can run 10 degrees over ambient temps, can the ice bath get the fermentation down to 10 degrees below ambient? 20 degrees?
I usually wait 10-12 hrs before pitching to make sure it's in the temp range I need, but with 2 frozen bottles I can have the ambient down to 60 pretty quickly. If I'm diligent about it, I can keep the actual around 65-68 without issue. Personally, I don't freak out if it hits 70-72 since I can't really taste a difference in the end product. As long as I'm close and keep it steady, I'm happy. My first brew was a completely different issue though. That humdinger went up to 82 before I realized what was happening. Thankfully it was a hefe, so the flavors actually blended pretty well.
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Old 09-27-2012, 07:08 PM   #14
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I use the swamp cooler with ice method in SE Texas to great effect. I have a Fermometer stuck to the fermenter, and another thermometer in my water. My water is usually kept about 15* below ambient (75-85*), and my fermenter has been steady at 2-4* above the water temp.

One thing I'd add to/contradict about some of the above--when the whole thing is covered with blankets to insulate it actually keeps things warmer rather than cooler. In other words, the insulation does a better job off keeping the heat generated by the yeast in than it does of keeping the cold in/ambient heat out. I'm pretty diligent about watching both thermometers, and the difference between insulated/non-insulated systems was about 8*.

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Old 09-28-2012, 01:27 AM   #15
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Have you had any experience with this cooler? This sounds like a good idea and it looks a lot better than the bucket despite being a little more cost wise than the bucket. I am thinking SWMBO would appreciate that over a bucket therefore she may be more reasonable about its cost.
Yup. It works great. I live in Philly, so its not quite as hot as FL but it was humid as **** this summer, and I was easily able to keep my fermenting beer in the 62-65 degree range with ambient temperatures in the 80s (indoors)
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Old 09-28-2012, 01:42 AM   #16
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Besides lagers, I set all my fermenters in regular ole coolers and fill with water pretty close to the top and aim a slow blowing fan at them. My house is 78 during the day and any time I've checked the temp it's been 68 or lower. That's during aggressive fermentation too. I was all set to throw in some frozen bottles if needed, but with the high not exceeding 68 I don't worry about it.

Oh, and I'm in Phoenix, AZ so I would think this would work for anyone just about anywhere.

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Old 09-28-2012, 12:29 PM   #17
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Old 09-28-2012, 12:35 PM   #18
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I had hard time this last brew and i aimed a fan at it in a dark room and kept it lower. Just a suggestion
Edit: fan already suggested. Sorry



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