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Old 07-11-2010, 03:52 AM   #1
Jul 2010
New York City
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Living in NYC where most apartments (including mine) do not have central AC makes it hard to home brew in the summer because only certain rooms have window unit ACs and leaving them running can get quite expensive. As such, I had an idea to move my primary fermenter to my parents house in NJ by car. Meaning, I'd have my brother pick me up from my AC and quickly bring the fermenter to the car that'll be cool already and sit with it for the 30-40 minute car ride to NJ.

Is this a good idea?

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Old 07-11-2010, 03:55 AM   #2
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Is it possible for you to brew in NJ in the summer, thus avoiding the car trip? If not, I don't see too many issues with driving with a primary full of brew, as long as you seal it up so it won't spill.

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Old 07-11-2010, 06:37 AM   #3
May 2010
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Make sure you buckle it up so it's safe during the trip. Would be shame if any harm came to such young beer.

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Old 07-11-2010, 01:14 PM   #4
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I'm originally from NJ, so I know how we all drive...sounds like a great way to get your beer aerated!!!!

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Old 07-12-2010, 10:23 PM   #5
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yeah, don't pitch the yeast til you get to your parents.

and you won't be able to move it from your parents until its bottled or kegged, as the drive back to the city will put too much oxygen into the finished beer.

i toasted a mostly full keg by driving it on a dirt road after hours on the interstate. kept cold, but the keg leaked so it wasn't sealed with CO2 well enough and tasted like old damp brown paper bags when I got home.
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