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Old 12-01-2009, 03:29 AM   #11
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Nottingham produces a lot of fusel alcohol if it's fermented at slightly higher temps. I had the same issue with my first batch. A month of bottle conditioning will help, but the fusel alcohol taste won't ever go away completely.

 
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Old 12-01-2009, 03:31 AM   #12
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you place the fermenter into a large bucket, pan or tub filled with water, and put frozen ice bottles into the water to keep the temp of the wort down near the ideal temps, you just change the water bottles out every day or so and replace with new frozen ones
+1 That's the trick. It's pretty easy. I keep my fermenter in a spare half-bath downstairs. It can get fairly warm during the day and cooler at night. So, the water bath is thermal mass to help even it out. Then, I add ice bottles in the morning as it starts to warm up. Maybe replace them in the afternoon and then leave it at night. Keeps the temp of the beer a pretty steady mid-60's.

At the worst of the summer heat, I'll have to change out bottles every 4-6 hours to keep the temps down and might even have to put some in at bedtime if the nighttime temps are dropping very low. It takes some monitoring, but it lets me brew year 'round in an apartment with no AC.
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you can also cover the fermenter with a t-shirt or towel to wick the cold water up into the cloth, then set up a fan blowing onto the fermenter, this will create a simple evaporative cooler that will further reduce fermenting temps if the waterbath and ice bottles arent quite enough.
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Old 12-01-2009, 03:33 AM   #14
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you can also cover the fermenter with a t-shirt or towel to wick the cold water up into the cloth, then set up a fan blowing onto the fermenter, this will create a simple evaporative cooler that will further reduce fermenting temps if the waterbath and ice bottles arent quite enough.
I haven't needed to go that far, but I live in the Northwest where 85 is a really hot summer day and if you get over 90 it's the big heat wave of the year.
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Old 12-01-2009, 04:24 AM   #15
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Thanks for the explanation!

 
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Old 12-01-2009, 04:30 AM   #16
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you can also cover the fermenter with a t-shirt or towel to wick the cold water up into the cloth, then set up a fan blowing onto the fermenter, this will create a simple evaporative cooler that will further reduce fermenting temps if the waterbath and ice bottles arent quite enough.
This works amazingly well here during a Santa Ana when the humidity is like minus a million percent

 
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Old 12-01-2009, 05:49 AM   #17
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Yea there were 5 total gallons in the fermenter.

 
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Yea there were 5 total gallons in the fermenter.
Then I'd say 99% odds that it was your temperatures. 1% possible infection. Get those temps down and controlled and you'll enjoy your beer MUCH more.
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