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Old 03-08-2011, 05:41 AM   #1
Agrice
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Mar 2011
Los Angeles, CA
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I live in an old building in southern California, and we don't have AC. Does anyone have any tips for keeping my beer cool while fermenting? It's a little high now 75 F, but it will get really hot soon here.

 
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Old 03-08-2011, 05:51 AM   #2
Agrice
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And I mean 75F is my fermenting temp.

 
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Old 03-08-2011, 05:55 AM   #3
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Swamp cooler - a tub or basin filled with cold water into which you place the fermentor. Replace bottles filled with ice daily or as needed.
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Old 03-08-2011, 05:56 AM   #4
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dude it's March, I think you'll be ok. i don't know where you're located but high temps for san diego are rarely going to break 70. if you're brewing now you should be good until at least april/may...

 
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Old 03-08-2011, 05:59 AM   #5
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Swamp coolers seem to be a good option if you are on a budget. Basically a big trash can or Rubbermaid container big enough to hold your fermenter, some water and some ice bottles. Check this thread for pics - Swamp Coolers
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Old 03-08-2011, 06:11 AM   #6
Agrice
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I have thought of the swamp cooler idea and it will be tough to get by my GF I think. Also, I am in Los Angeles and my apt gets in the 80's-90's during the hot days in summer. I mean it's March and I can't keep it below 70 in my closet.

 
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Old 03-08-2011, 06:19 AM   #7
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Well this is going to be your cheapest option. After this you pretty much move on to fermentation chamber builds and those are going to be more expensive than a swamp cooler. Tell her it's the cheapest option.........
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Old 03-08-2011, 06:32 AM   #8
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Yeah, I'll convince her it will just be a pain. At some point I'll have to make one but this will have to do.

 
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