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Old 05-26-2010, 10:49 PM   #1
Dec 2009
Lancaster PA
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I'm enjoying my first Saison experiment but it looks like I'm going to need better temperature control to really get this beer down. What is recommended as a way to gradually increase the temp of my fermentor and hold it for a week or two? My budget is limited but I am willing to invest.

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Old 05-26-2010, 11:12 PM   #2
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It gets very hot where I live, so I invested in a freezer/controller setup. I paid $100 for a freezer off of craigslist, and $130 for the 2 stage digital controller. If you find a smaller/cheaper freezer/fridge and buy the $60 analog controller (or $80 single stage digital) you could knock that price down a bit.

It's awesome not having to worry about ferment temps at all, though.
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Old 05-27-2010, 02:32 AM   #3
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I don't know that I have ever heard of a good (and safe) way to gradually adjust temperature outside of a temp controller attached to a ferm wrap or brew belt, or attached to a refrigerator. There are plenty of ways to hold temp constant that are cheap. Although, it is easier to reduce the temp than it is to increase it.

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Old 05-27-2010, 02:43 AM   #4
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I just did the same thing as munche the other week. I highly recommend it. You could definitely go cheaper if you use the analog single stage controller, but since I'm fermenting essentially outside now I needed the option for cooling and heating.

That's the most hands off method of controlling at any rate.
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