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Old 07-28-2009, 01:13 AM   #1
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Default Maintaining low ferment temperature in 85 F house

I am trying to brew in a house that I leave empty for two weeks at a time or more. The problem is that this is in the southwest US and the house temperature gets to 85 F or more. Is there any way I can keep the beer cool while I am not in the house? Most of the fermentation techniques suggest changing water around the fermenter which I wouldn't be able to do. I might be able to put it in the refrigerator.
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Old 07-28-2009, 01:15 AM   #2
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Get a small mini fridge off craigslist and buy a temp control. If you love your beer and America you will control your fermentation.
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Old 07-28-2009, 01:26 AM   #3
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Have a listen to this podcast too.
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Old 07-28-2009, 01:28 AM   #4
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Will a 6 gal bucket fit in a 4.4 cubic ounce fridge?
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Old 07-28-2009, 01:45 AM   #5
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Will a 6 gal bucket fit in a 4.4 cubic ounce fridge?
Can't help you there. What I did was take a carboy and bucket with me to check out the fridge to make sure they fit.

Then I started using no chill and ferment in the cube, so it fits in there no problem. Can almost fit two in it.
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4.4 cubic ounces is got to be the smallest fridge I've ever seen .

4.4 cubic foot might fit a carboy, but it really depends on the shape (and if it has a freezer). But you could use the mini fridge as a basis for a fermentation chamber by building a foam box around the door opening...
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Old 07-28-2009, 04:55 AM   #7
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I mean the minifridge... maybe about 3 feet tall - will it fit a 6gal plastic bucket plus stopper at the top?
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Old 07-28-2009, 05:17 AM   #8
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I don't know if it'll fit, check it out, but another way I use is.. Go to wal-mart pickup a 18-24 gallon rubbermaid tote for like $5. Fill it 1/3-1/2 full with water, drop your fermenter in that, cover it with a t-shirt, and put a couple ice bottles in a day. Keeps temps in the Low-Mid 60's, or lower with more ice, and is under $10.
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I don't know if it'll fit, check it out, but another way I use is.. Go to wal-mart pickup a 18-24 gallon rubbermaid tote for like $5. Fill it 1/3-1/2 full with water, drop your fermenter in that, cover it with a t-shirt, and put a couple ice bottles in a day. Keeps temps in the Low-Mid 60's, or lower with more ice, and is under $10.
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point a box fan at it, and it will work even better.
I have a bunch of 20oz bottles that i refreeze and swap out about 3 times a day.
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Old 07-28-2009, 04:09 PM   #10
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I'll once again give my endorsement to the Son of Fermentation Chiller.
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/son-...tion-s-117095/

If you have room in your garage then it requires less babysitting than a swamp cooler. Very rarely do you have to replace more than once every 24 hours. My garage has peaked over 100 degrees at times. I had the temp set at 63 during peak fermentation and the worst I saw the temperature of the cooler (sorry, wasn't monitoring the temp of the beer) get was 74-75 degrees after all of the ice had melted. When active fermentation is complete and the temperatures don't go above 90 in my garage I have seen 2 gallons of ice last over 60 hours. And there's room for more than 2 gallons if you can find a method of stacking them without busting jugs.
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