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Old 02-25-2014, 12:24 AM   #21
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Exactly...


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Old 02-25-2014, 02:16 PM   #22
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When I was first brewing, I made tons, I mean tons, of goofs. You know what?, it was still drinkable, so we drank it. Chalk up that mistake, and hope to not do that same one again. Wrong, I did it again anyway, and after a couple of bottle conditioning weeks, it wasn't bad at all. Except some were gushers. I figured out after two gusher batches in a row, I had gotten complacent about cleaning, and It hasn't happened since.

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Old 02-25-2014, 03:37 PM   #23
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Your right, mistakes are what make us learn. I'm not a fussy person, I like good crafted beer but equally if I've made it I won't poor it away unless it's totally undrinkable.

So, I'll leave it in there, give it some more time say till the weekend which would of been 11 days. Is that to soon to move to bottles and barrel, it had a fast fermentation as you can see but hopefully some off flavours will clear and it being a stout might mask it. Either way, I'll be drinking it!

Thanks for all your help. Makes it more fun sometimes!


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Old 02-25-2014, 05:58 PM   #24
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This is my issue, regulating the temp. So after the bad advice of keeping to warm I removed the belt. It's now settled and it sits in this, at night it might go lower.

What are good ways to regulate temp, I live in a flat currently so not many places to try out. Tried a radiator area last time and it went up and down which I know is not good either!


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Old 02-25-2014, 06:53 PM   #25
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What are good ways to regulate temp, I live in a flat currently
As I referenced earlier in this thread, the cheapest and easiest way to regulate temperature is with a plastic laundry tub ($8 at WalMart), water, and a t-shirt. You put the fermenter into the laundry tub, then fill the tub with water up to a few inches below the level of the wort in the fermenter (so it doesn't float off the bottom of the tub). The water will "sink" the heat away from the fermenter. If temperatures start warming up too much, you can drop some frozen water bottles into the water to keep the water (and therefore wort) temperature down.

If you're using a carboy, you can additionally cover the fermenter in a wet t-shirt, which will evaporate water away, taking heat with it, and wicking up more water from the tub below. Some people also add a fan in this configuration to stimulate evaporation and thus cooling.

The other benefit to this arrangement is that you've vastly increased the "thermal mass" of your wort, meaning you've dampened temperature swings it would experience as the ambient temperature rises and falls periodically. That is, if the room temperature drops at night, the combined volume of the wort plus the water will take longer to cool with the ambient temperature than the wort alone would. By the time it starts dropping by a few degrees, the room could already be starting to warm up again as morning arrives.
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Old 02-25-2014, 07:06 PM   #26
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Thanks good advice, is that mainly for keeping cool?

Most people have said keep it at 18-20, from the picture it's currently in the 16-18 mark and slowly dropping more down to 16, so my question is, is that ok? If needing warmer which is best way as heating belt gives to much warmth it seemed..


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