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Old 11-09-2010, 05:53 AM   #1
Sep 2010
Bay Area, California
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if you don't have one of those warming belts, what do you guys do to raise the temp in your fermenter?

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Old 11-09-2010, 06:13 AM   #2
Feb 2010
Halifax, N.S.
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In a pinch, I once wrapped my fermenter in a string of Christmas lights... Way cheaper than a brew belt, but sort of unpredictable. If it's a glass carboy, you would have to figure out some way to keep the light out of the glass.

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Old 11-09-2010, 06:35 AM   #3
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I use one of these if heat is necessary...

It keeps the carboy about 10 degrees warmer than ambient usually.

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Old 11-09-2010, 06:42 AM   #4
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water bath & aquarium heater

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Old 11-09-2010, 07:17 AM   #5
Dec 2009
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Turn up the heat.

SWMBO: Why is it 75 degrees in here?!
Me: Diacetyl Rest
SWMBO: Your dice kettle has got plenty of rest, turn the g*d d**n heat down!
10 gallon electric system
Stovetop 110v single vessel 5 gallon system

Primary: saison
Secondary: nada
Conditioning: macaroon stout
Drinking: store bought

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Old 11-09-2010, 07:24 AM   #6
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Torrance, CA
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Homemade heat lamp/radiator

100 watt bulb under a coffee can

It keeps my fermentation fridge at 68 through the harshest of the dreary Los Angeles winter.
Fermenting:#160 Apollo/Calypso Pale Ale
Kegged:#153 Old Helicon Barleywine 2013, #157 Irish Red, #158 Mosaic IPA, #159 Bravo/Delta ESB
Up Next:Brown Porter, American Stout, Imperial Stout
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Old 11-09-2010, 07:44 AM   #7
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Heating blanket. Under & over.
Primary: nada
Secondary: emptyness
Bottled/Fridge: Sierra Nevada Celebration
Bombers/Growlers/Aging: The Abyss, Firestone 19th Anniversary Ale
Kegerator: sanitizer!
Coming Up: something spiffy, most likely

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Old 11-09-2010, 08:09 AM   #8
Sep 2008
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i use a heat lamp mounted under the fermenter with a cheap home heating thermostat regulating it, once active fermentation gets under way i put several frozen bottles in the styrofoam box its in to keep the temperature down as i'm not set up to cool just yet, the idea is that the bottles over cool the fermenter and 'fight' with the heating,it cost me nothing as i got all the bits from work and it works reasonably well for now.

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Old 11-09-2010, 08:39 AM   #9
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Heating pad, push low temp on ale, or make lager. Pick the yeast for the environment, not change environment for the yeast. Unless of course...

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Old 11-09-2010, 09:29 AM   #10
Dec 2009
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same as above, I use a rubbermaid container filled with water and an adjustable fish tank heater. All can be had on the cheap.

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