Originally Posted by bertmurphy
Right now its about 70F in Atlanta and having my pink foam fermentation chiller in the basement is no big deal.
Do you know the minimum temperature that your basement can reach?
If you are moving the fermenter into your basement for the foam and smell that can derive from the peak
of fermentation, you can make that peak in the basement and than transfer the fermenter in your house.
I say so because a normal fermentation can raise the fermenter temperature of about 2°C (about 3°F), but it won't last for all the fermentation. You can pitch at 20°C (about 68°F), stored in the basement at and used an old wool cover to keep the fermentation temp. When the peak is over, the temp will lower, time to move it.
I know that this approach is very basic, but it's very unexpensive too and you don't have to built nothing, expecially if you live in an apartment on rent
Cheers from Italy