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Old 02-13-2009, 05:21 PM   #11

You must not be a true born and bred Pennsylvanian with an opening statement like that!

Transplanted from the east side of the Delaware- Burlington County FTW.

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Old 02-13-2009, 05:22 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by flyangler18 View Post

Transplanted from the east side of the Delaware- Burlington County FTW.
Close enough that you should have the taste for a proper lager at birth

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Old 02-13-2009, 07:12 PM   #13
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I suspect the swamp cooler approach would be enough. Put it in a tub of water (no ice), put a T-shirt or towel on it and add a fan. This kind of arrangement works even better this time of year since the humidity is so much lower compared to in the summer (35% vs 70% for me) . You should easily be able to hold 55F and I wouldn't be surprised if you couldn't hit 50F this way.

Me, I can hardly brew enough lagers while my basement is cold to last me the summer
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Old 02-13-2009, 09:07 PM   #14
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The owner of the lhbs thought a empty sump basket might be cooler. I checked, and mine was in the 50's during the summer. You all know what I am talking about right? That round hole in the basment concrete that is suppose to collect water. Put a little insulation material on top and you would be in business. Just a thought.

I never had to go this route because my neighbor had a kegerator he was not using. My maibock is lagering in there as I type, (has been since before Christmas).

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Old 02-13-2009, 09:14 PM   #15
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It's discussions like this that make me WISH I had a basement. Constant ambient temps of 58-60? What a dream for ales...

Here in CA, we don't have basements. This time of year room temperature is 75 during the day and 60 at night. In the garage, 80 on a sunny day and 45 at night. That fluctuation has led to some really "unique" ester production in a lot of my brews.

Thought I'd chime in and just voice my extreme envy of all you heart-landers.

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