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Old 04-05-2010, 03:08 AM   #1
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Default What do you do about brewing when it gets hot and you live in Texas

We live in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. I guess we are looking at having to stop brewing until fall. I cant see how to keep the fermentaion room, err 3rd bedroom, cold enough during the summer heat here. What do people do in the south during the summer months? Pay out the wazoo for air conditioning to keep the room below 72 degrees? Or stop brewing until October? Looking for ideas. In the mean time, we are brewing our last 2 batches of beer next weekend in hopes it will stay cool enough through May to get it in the bottle.

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Old 04-05-2010, 03:19 AM   #2
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You can brew through the Texas summer heat with an easy-to-build fermentation chiller. I used one last summer in Ft. Worth and was able to keep my primary fermentation between 60 and 65 degrees. The plans are at the following link: http://knoxhomebrewer.com/images/sto...er%20plans.pdf

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Old 04-05-2010, 03:24 AM   #3
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Good thing my wife likes it cold in our house...

I can sympathize with the heat issues.

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Get one of these with a temp controller (I use a Johnson A19). I got this from Craigslist for $120. With this, I can now lager. I also live in the DFW area and with our wild weather I'd be lost without my fermentation chest. Happy Brewing!

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I am going to end up getting a controller for garage refrigerator. It is barely the beginning of spring, and I am already having trouble keeping my IPA below 70 in a water bath with frozen water bottles. Can't wait to buy a controller, set the temp, and walk away.

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Old 04-05-2010, 01:33 PM   #6
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Get one of these with a temp controller (I use a Johnson A19). I got this from Craigslist for $120. With this, I can now lager. I also live in the DFW area and with our wild weather I'd be lost without my fermentation chest. Happy Brewing!



What exactly is that? a deep freeze? Or extra large cooler?
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Old 04-05-2010, 01:35 PM   #7
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What exactly is that? a deep freeze? Or extra large cooler?
Thats a chest freezer.
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Old 04-05-2010, 02:22 PM   #8
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I'm lucky enough to have a basement that hovers around 70 degrees most of the summer, even with the thermostat set at 72+. The thermostat is on the main level, so I sometimes even have to close one or two of the vents downstairs. It's gotten down to around 65 before.

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Chest freezers are fine, if you have a strong back. I use an old fridge for fermentation and a chest freezer for serving.

And some Belgians yeasts are good to 80-85F. Not too hard on the electrical bill.

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I use a chest freezer with a temperature controller, works perfectly.

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