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Old 10-07-2009, 06:11 PM   #1
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Default Fermentation Temperature Control

My kitchen is at around 73 to 74 degrees. I plan on brewing an English Pale Ale using Wyeast #1275 Thames Valley Ale. The recommended temperature is 62' to 72'. I will be fermenting in a plastic bucket.

Of course I could turn my AC on for 3 weeks, but that is expensive and a bit absurd. Any advice on keeping the temperature controlled?

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Old 10-07-2009, 06:15 PM   #2
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I ended up with a NuCool. http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/haie...tation-132499/ To get it down a little I liked the sound of t-shirt/towel/fan method.

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Old 10-07-2009, 06:16 PM   #3
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If you have a tub you can put water inside and drop your bucket inside. Put a t-shirt over the bucket and have a fan blowing on it. Acts like an evaporative cooler and I get a few degrees temp drop. It has been discussed here several times. Give a quick search and you'll find it.
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I posted this minutes ago and I already got 2 replies. You guys are great! Thanks.
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See this thread for more ideas.
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I use this tucked away in my garage for temperature control:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/son-...tion-s-117095/

It does require replacing ice every day or two though.
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Old 10-07-2009, 09:35 PM   #7
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Oh and if you got money to burn. http://www.homebrewbuddy.com/
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Oh and if you got money to burn. http://www.homebrewbuddy.com/
That website looks and feels like a scam. Enter some fake information on the order page and see what it tells you.
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I put my fermenter down into a 30 gallon garbage can that I bought at Walmart for a few bucks. I put blocks of ice, that I freeze in my freezer, in it morning and night and control my fermentation temps down into the middle 60's without any problem. When the water level gets too high, I just take a bucket or two out and keep going. It's cheap and works great.
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Once again, thanks to all of the helpful replies.


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