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Old 04-26-2006, 01:33 PM   #1
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As summer rolls around, I have started thinking about the temperature in my closet where I keep my primary and secondary fermentors. Even with the AC on the temperatures sometimes reach 74° during the heat of the day. I'm using the Munton's Active Brewing Yeast that comes with my Ale kits. At what temperature do I need to start worrying about "off flavors"? Is it time to start thinking about a fermentation fridge? Then I could do lagers ....
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Old 04-26-2006, 01:35 PM   #2
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As summer rolls around, I have started thinking about the temperature in my closet where I keep my primary and secondary fermentors. Even with the AC on the temperatures sometimes reach 74° during the heat of the day. I'm using the Munton's Active Brewing Yeast that comes with my Ale kits. At what temperature do I need to start worrying about "off flavors"? Is it time to start thinking about a fermentation fridge? Then I could do lagers ....
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Have you measured the temps in the closet? They could be higher or lower than your thermostat reads. I'd monitor the temps before investing in new equipment.
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Old 04-26-2006, 01:54 PM   #3
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Or you could just brew fruity Belgians (not as dirty as it sounds) during the summer...brew to your climate like people had to do in the days of yore.

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Old 04-26-2006, 01:58 PM   #4
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Even with the AC on the temperatures sometimes reach 74° during the heat of the day.
This kinda cracked me up: we keep our thermostat at 77 or 78 in the summer. (Of course, when it's 100 outside, the AC runs a lot to keep the house at 78, so it's pretty comfortable.)

As cheesefood pointed out, the temp in the closet could be quite different than at the thermostat. And it almost certainly fluctuates less over the course of the day, unless it gets direct sunlight through a window or something.

You obviously keep the house pretty cool with the AC, so it probably wouldn't be hard to find a place where you could keep a bucket or carboy at 70 or less with a little ice and water bath or something.

No basement? That's what I use in the summer.
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You are pushing the limit on your yeast, so start thinking about the frig.

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