Originally Posted by bknifefight
1 degree every 24 hours? I don't have that kind of control. What do you use? I just have a small room that stays at 68 and a brew belt if I need it.
68 room temp will have the start of fermentation too hot. This is a hard beer to make without good temp control. Start too hot and you will have crazy esters and hot alcohols. End cold and you will problems with attenuation. It's a huge beer that is very dependent on yeast flavors and a dry finish.
I use a fridge with a ranco digital controller. My controller has dual out put and can control both heating and cooling. I use a heating pad to warm things. I got the fridge used for 30.00 The controller was about 120.00 and the heating pad I already had.