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Old 04-27-2009, 10:06 PM   #1
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Default Noob here- Temperature fluctuations???

First post and I'm sure this has been addressed- sorry, I can't seem to figure out the search option yet. Going for my first batch, however I live in a cabin where the temps can range from 70-80 during the day to 40's at night inside (sometimes even colder). Can I brew with this wild range? I can try and insulate/immerse the carboy in water to level this out to some extent. Any thoughts would be much appreciated.

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Old 04-27-2009, 10:07 PM   #2
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Swamp cooler with ice bottles when it's too hot. Swamp cooler with aquarium heater when it's too cold.

Search for swamp cooler. You'll see what I mean.

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Old 04-27-2009, 10:08 PM   #3
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Also, good for you, looking out for fermentation temps. Your first batch is certain to taste much better than my first bubblegum IPA

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Old 04-27-2009, 10:10 PM   #4
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Ooops- I should clarify- I have limited electricity (generator) and no access to ice- town is an hour drive away.

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Old 04-28-2009, 12:10 AM   #5
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Do you have a bin of some sort and a freezer? A swamp cooler is really the way to go, I'm using one myself right now and it is incredibly efficient and easy to use.

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Old 04-28-2009, 12:47 AM   #6
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I place my feremnters into a large ice chest it seems to keeps the temp stable longer, still a evaporative cooler technique, but once the water gets chilly, even with the lid open, it stays around 64° if I point the fan at it it will get down to almost 60° within a few hours, add some ice bottles and even cooler yet. I'm thinking about making a insulated foam collar for the ice chest kinda like a keezer but just to keep a lid on things and keep it cool longer.

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+1 on the Swamp Cooler. I just started this a week ago and I am amazed at the steady temps. It is right at 70F and I haven't had to do anything. Great idea on who ever came up with it.

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Old 04-28-2009, 02:48 AM   #8
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OK-Thanks guys

But here comes the other noobie question(s)- don't swamp coolers run off of electricity? I need an off-the-grid solution.

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If you're not using electricity at all, and you can't get ice, I don't know that there's anything you can do really. Maybe dig a really deep hole.

If you don't have a fridge/freezer, how are you planning on chilling the beer to drink? Honestly, I'm really confused here.

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Actually, I was thinking I may need to dig a big hole and put a large cooler inside of it to make this work. I guess I am trying to go back in time as far as brewing beer There's got to be others in my situation out there.

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