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Old 01-12-2010, 04:15 PM   #1
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short of buying a refrigerator, what is a good way to keep my ales fermenting at 70. i live in fl and it might get tricky to keep the temp consistant.


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Old 01-12-2010, 04:27 PM   #2
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Swamp Cooler. Basically a container filler with water and frozen bottles that help reduce the temperature. Once I hit a temperature I can usually hold it pretty steady only changing a frozen bottle once or twice a day. Right now I am maintaining around 60* for my Cali Common.

Here are some pictures of mine:




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Old 01-12-2010, 04:53 PM   #3
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Buy a giant bucket at walmart for $10 and fill it with water. Add carboy. Add ice/hot water as needed to regulate temperature. Due to the high specific heat of water, it takes a lot of energy for the temperature to actually change, meaning it's easy to keep the temp constant.
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Here's my solution:


I took off the hollow plastic lid, and made a new lid out of four layers of foam (like wall foam insulation from Home Depot). I fill it with water, and it has wheels so it can be moved easily. I add frozen water bottles as needed. I have a floating thermometer in there, to monitor the temperature.
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Old 01-12-2010, 05:13 PM   #5
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wow those are all great ideas! thanks for the pics


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