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Old 01-20-2007, 09:18 PM   #1
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OK fellow brewers, I need some help.

We currently live in Virginia and I have a nice big basement that for most of the year stays at a good temperature for ale fermentation. I have really been blessed with my current situation. But....

My family will soon be moving to Orlando Florida. Having done some house hunting already, it is clear that I will probably not have the ability to brew quite so easily, at least with regard to fermentation.

Do any of you have experience using refridgerators/temperature controlers as a means of fermentation? If so, will you kindly share with me some of your hard earned knowledge/advice.

I would really like to have a setup where I can simply let the beer ferment, i.e. no changing of water or adding more ice or damp towels to keep the temperature where it needs to be.

Thank for the help!

 
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Old 01-20-2007, 09:30 PM   #2
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How hot do you plan on letting your house get?

I'm curious why this will be a problem. Can you find a dark clost or something to put it in? If you have central air, you should be able have parts of the house down to the low 70s which is fine for ale.

 
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Old 01-20-2007, 10:01 PM   #3
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Get yourself a 10 cu. foot chest freezer and a Johnson Controller.

Here's mine and I can fit 3 carboys, 1 five gallon corny and 1 three gallon corny in it.


 
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Old 01-20-2007, 11:55 PM   #4
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A chest freezer is an idea that I had not considered. I like it.

I am sure that the house will be cool enough for making some ales, but I want to have more control over the temperature. My current basement only varies 1-3 degrees over the course of the day. Not to mention with a chest freezer I could lager!

 
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Old 01-20-2007, 11:58 PM   #5
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Yep. Works great. Just put some DampRid to help cut down on condensation.

1911Man? Are you a Springfield Fan?

 
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Old 01-21-2007, 01:49 AM   #6
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I wish, I'm freezing my ass off in California. Go with a freezer and temperature controller works great!!!

 
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Old 01-21-2007, 02:49 AM   #7
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Won't your house have central air? If so, I would assume the temperature would stay pretty constant during the course of a day.

Also, if your house is warmer than you would like, an inexpensive but effective solution is the wet t-shirt trick. Put a t-shirt over your carboy, put it in a tub of water and it will keep your beer several degrees cooler than the temp in the house.

 
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Old 01-21-2007, 03:07 AM   #8
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http://home.elp.rr.com/brewbeer/chiller/chiller.PDF

cheeper then a chest freezeer, better then a wet t-shirt

LOVE mine
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Old 01-21-2007, 03:14 AM   #9
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Pumbaa
- Thanks for the link. I gave it a quick look and not only does it look like it would work, but it's another project!

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Old 01-21-2007, 03:48 AM   #10
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http://home.elp.rr.com/brewbeer/chiller/chiller.PDF

cheeper then a chest freezeer, better then a wet t-shirt

LOVE mine
Depends on what's in the T-Shirt.

Chiller works great!


 
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