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Old 01-06-2012, 12:29 AM   #11
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If your humidity is how, a wet towel+ fan is fine. I can get my beer to stay at 62F that way, but I live in San Diego. If your air isn't dry, this method won't work. Guess you'll just have to drop the big bucks on a $7 muck bucket.

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Old 01-06-2012, 12:42 AM   #12
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alittle confused what would i uy rubermaid buckets for?
When NordeastBrewer77 said to search these forums for swamp cooler, this is what he was talking about. Not like a swamp cooler for your house... A swamp cooler is just a bucket you put water in and then maybe add a towel or two.

Seriously, use the search function in the forum and you will see LOTS of threads discussing "swamp coolers".
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Old 01-06-2012, 12:58 AM   #13
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you would use a rubbermaid bucket as a swamp cooler. ya know, the thing you didn't wanna splurge for?
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Old 01-06-2012, 02:19 AM   #14
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oh alright that cleared alot of things up i actually looked for "swamp coolers" online and all this crazy priced stuff came up you guys are really helping me out tho thanks for clearing everything up

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oh alright that cleared alot of things up i actually looked for "swamp coolers" online and all this crazy priced stuff came up you guys are really helping me out tho thanks for clearing everything up
no, i meant search on this forum.... our swamp coolers are different from the ones used to cool garages and such! that's why i thought you were silly for not wanting to set one up. it's an easy thing, big bucket full of water you can heat or cool to your fermentation temp. one of the best $10 (well $30, i have three) i've spent on brewing!





yooper, sorry for the snotty post you had to delete, i didn't realize the OP misunderstood what we meant by swamp cooler. i thought he meant a rubber maid tote was too much to buy.
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Rubbermaid bucket full of water.. Also known as a water or ice bath that you put your bucket or carboy in.
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Ice chest, Igloo, Rubbermaid, Coleman...

Large enough for your fermenter. Fill with water, creating a stable bath.
freeze several water bottles, swap out as needed, floating in the "bath" to keep temps under control.

WallyWorld sells indoor/outdoor thermometers pretty cheap - they have weatherproof probes for the "outdoor" part - drop that into the bath and you'll have a good idea of the wort temps, as a water bath method is very efficient at removing heat from the fermenter.

Shoot for the low end of your yeast manufacturer's suggested range for that strain of yeast.

The first several days (Active Phase) will raise the temps inside the fermenter SIGNIFICANTLY if not kept under control. - like 5-10F easy. Some have reported even 15F. You don't really want those conditions if you can avoid them. Your beer will be much better for it.

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