Originally Posted by beer_30
I live in south texas it's hard keeping anything at 76 degrees or below during the summer.
My office has it's own AC so I should be able to keep it close, but I'm wondering if the temperature gets up to 78ish for a few hours in the middle of the day does that do significant damage?
Any summer time tricks to maintaining temperatures that doesn't require insane electric bills?
Im in central Tex,,, so understand the wort chilling and fermentation temp control issues you have.
.. it will make beer with what you describe.. but I'll bet, it'll make beer your not going to like much or at all.
There are hundreds of ways to control temps...and they are described in thousands of differences a ways in this one forum alone.
The freezer to ferm chamber is in my opinion the best way, if you have the room for it.. Cheap, easy to convert, full control and very little fussing with it from wort in to beer out weeks later.
The "Swamp cooler" with or without pump with or without ice is another popular.
But in my opinion, way more work to keep a consistent temp then worth... but for sure, better then no effort at all to control temps.
Used or new freezer, STC1000 controller, few items to build the controller and a bit of time to put it all together...And you have a Temp controlled, for both heat and cooling (before you say.."But im in texas.. no need for a heater" I have my Ferm Chamber in a spare bedroom of the house...and the heater has been on for days not to maintain proper temps for two batches I have in there...it's just too darn cold otherwise)