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Old 03-24-2010, 01:09 AM   #1
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Is there any way to get proper cellar temps for the beers that I am aging in a closet? It's pretty much the coolest area in my place that I can store beer in, and any sort of dedicated fridge is way out of my price range.

Right now, the closet sits at a hair under 65F, but I don't know what it will get to in the summer.

Anything I can do short of putting a frozen water bottle in there every so often?

 
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Old 03-24-2010, 01:23 AM   #2
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While we're on this topic what happens if you cellar too warm? Just take longer to age?

 
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Old 03-24-2010, 02:33 AM   #3
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From everything that I've seen, 55 is the ideal cellaring temp. The higher the temp the faster the beer will age.

You can try a wine fridge. Might be able to find one cheap on craigslist and they have a programmable temp.
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Old 03-30-2010, 01:17 AM   #4
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Hmm, I'm getting up to 70F in my beer closet now. Anything I can do to shave at least 10 degrees off of that?

 
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Old 03-30-2010, 12:47 PM   #5
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You want to do this in a closet? Short of using a refrigerator with a temp controller on it, this might be your best bet (but it will make the closet all moist- keep an eye out for mold).

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f13/cool...r-cheap-71878/

 
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Old 03-30-2010, 01:02 PM   #6
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Your other option is to submerge the carboy in a tub of water and use frozen water bottles to regulate the temperature. You should only need to swap out the bottles once or twice a day. Search HBT for "swamp cooler" and you will find a lot of ideas.

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Old 03-31-2010, 01:55 AM   #7
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If you check classifieds or craigslist, you can probably find a used fridge or mini fridge between $20 and $50.

I'm planning on getting one in the next 1 - 3 weeks for lagering. My cellar actually has good cellering temperatures 80% of the year.
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Old 03-31-2010, 02:19 AM   #8
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I'm planning on getting one in the next 1 - 3 weeks for lagering. My cellar actually has good cellering temperatures 80% of the year.
...For those that don't know, in Utah, Mormon construction frequently involves a room in the basement that is unheated for food storage since those folks are supposed to save 2 years of food for some sort of apocalypse or something.

These spaces ****ing rock for storing booze in .

I concur with you Beernik about these cellars .

 
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Old 03-31-2010, 02:54 AM   #9
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I don't think mine is a food storage room.

I don't think my cellar was originally part of my house. I think it had a dirt floor basement that someone finished with concrete in the 60s. My cellar was formed by pouring a concrete box and trying it to the foundation under my front porch.
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Old 03-31-2010, 02:29 PM   #10
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The only way to cool a closet is to supply cooling, powered or using ice.
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