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Old 07-01-2010, 06:59 PM   #1
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I have a couple of free days this weekend so I want to brew a couple batches of beer. My only method of temp control will be a swamp cooler. I have to leave town for 4 days starting on the 15th. If I brew now and keep the temp down during the hardest part of the fermentation, and when I leave town just turn the AC up on high in the room , do you think I will be OK temp wise? OR I COULD transfer to secondary the day before I leave and stick the carboys in the cooler to cold crash.. any suggestions?


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what will ambient temps be when you leave?

As you said, the fermentation will probably be over by then....in my opinion it shouldn't be a problem to have the beer resting at ~75.


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what will ambient temps be when you leave?

As you said, the fermentation will probably be over by then....in my opinion it shouldn't be a problem to have the beer resting at ~75.
+1. As long as you start cooler and let the temp rise you should be good.
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what will ambient temps be when you leave?

As you said, the fermentation will probably be over by then....in my opinion it shouldn't be a problem to have the beer resting at ~75.
No idea exactly.. In my bedroom where to be honest I would feel safe hanging a side of beef lol... That said it seems you guys are voting to just leave it in the swamp cooler while I am gone rather than racking and crash cooling.. I do have another option.. a son lives next door and a nephew a couple houses down. I could get one of them to change ice bottles once a day while I am gone??
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I do have another option.. a son lives next door and a nephew a couple houses down. I could get one of them to change ice bottles once a day while I am gone??
Hmmm now there is a idea... a beer babysitting service.
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So the beers will have been in the fermenters for 10+ days before you leave? On almost any beer active fermentation will be totally finished at that point, and the temperature could get up to 75-80F without any problems. I say just leave them in the swamp cooler, which will knock a few degrees off even without ice.
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I'd just leave them in the primary in the swamp cooler. As you stated the most critical part of fermentation will be done.

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in the swamp cooler they will stay! Thanks all.


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