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Old 07-21-2014, 07:31 AM   #11
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Did you enjoy brewing the batch? Do you see yourself doing this a lot? If so, take my advice. Skip the t-shirt and fan, the bath tub with frozen water, the other swamp coolers, etc. Go straight to the mini freezer or fridge with a Ranco or other temperature controller. You'll save yourself money in the long run, and be on the track to consistency that much sooner. Plus, the beer you make will suddenly be amazing. It is that important.

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did you enjoy brewing the batch? Do you see yourself doing this a lot? If so, take my advice. Skip the t-shirt and fan, the bath tub with frozen water, the other swamp coolers, etc. Go straight to the mini freezer or fridge with a ranco or other temperature controller. You'll save yourself money in the long run, and be on the track to consistency that much sooner. Plus, the beer you make will suddenly be amazing. It is that important.
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In summer especially, controlling fermentation temps is critical. Until you can get a chamber and controller, use your bathtub as full as possible with water, and throwing a t-shirt over it will help, even without using a fan. Use what you have to improvise as best you can.

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no real reason not to IMHO. I was able to pick up a small fridge on CL for $20.00 that is just big enough for my ferm bucket. I added a temp controller on it for $50.00. I'm looking at a total cost of $70.00 for perfect fermentation temps.
This is a great outlook on it. The cost of a single ruined batch of extract-brewed beer is around $60-70 depending on some variables... it's a good investment if you aren't able or interested in going for a bigger setup, IE 8 cu ft freezer and a dual stage controller.


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Did you enjoy brewing the batch? Do you see yourself doing this a lot? If so, take my advice. Skip the t-shirt and fan, the bath tub with frozen water, the other swamp coolers, etc. Go straight to the mini freezer or fridge with a Ranco or other temperature controller. You'll save yourself money in the long run, and be on the track to consistency that much sooner. Plus, the beer you make will suddenly be amazing. It is that important.
On the other hand though.... if done right, swamp coolers are VERY effective. I've been able to PIN my temps at 67 for ten days with no problems using a large, 40 gallon bin and a rotation of 6 plus 6 1 liter frozen bottles. The whole thing costs like $15. Hell, I've been able to cut 3 bottles out of the rotation and raise the temps gently a few degrees toward the end of fermentation too. It can definitely be done if you don't have a money or space for a fridge.
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Sounds good, everyone, this has helped a lot. Also, it makes me want to get a fermentation fridge!
Using a mini-fridge and ranco temp controller took me from making meh beer to making drinkable meh beer!!

Granted I live in South Florida where every month is the hot months.
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All great info, amigos. Rest assured, I will be in much better control of my fermentation temp the next time around, thanks to you all.

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