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Old 10-15-2006, 02:36 PM   #1
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Ok, my second ever batch is now in the Primary (plastic bucket), and since my first batch had fairly high temps and quick fermentation, I've gone to the "wrap a wet towel around it with a fan on it" method. My first batch was unduly fruity. My wife likes it, but that's not necessarily why I'm doing this. (sorry Hunny). Will the ghetto-style cooler work, if I keep up with keeping the towel damp, or is it just a waste of time?
My first batch was in September, ambient temp of about 75-80. Now it's October, ambient temp 70ish. Wand thermometer sitting on top of the primary reads 70.
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Old 10-15-2006, 03:02 PM   #2
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That should cool it down some but if you put the bucket in a tub of cold water and use a towel it will work even better. I get mine cooled in the mid 60's using this method. It's pretty cool here though.

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Old 10-15-2006, 11:57 PM   #3
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75-80 is a bit warm for fermetning but I would think you'd be fine at 70. I do most ales in the basement, which is 69-70 year round, and that's about the ideal temperature for most ale yeasts.
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I got an old Dorm fridg on craig's list and instaled a temperture control switch on to it for lagers, I still have not made a lager in it but, I will soon!
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