Swamp Cooler Question - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Swamp Cooler Question

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 06-29-2011, 02:53 AM   #1
BesteBrew
Recipes 
 
Feb 2011
newark, de
Posts: 96
Liked 23 Times on 8 Posts



Hey all

So to deal with higher temps i set up my first swamp cooler when i brewed monday afternoon. Used WLP400 (Optimum Fermentation Temperature: 67-74F.) By tuesday morning fermentation was going good and i had my water in my cooler around 62 because i thought temps inside were to be a couple degress higher then the water temps but out of curiosity i checked my inside temp tonight and it was around 62, the same as the ouside water. Should i keep my temps of the outside water the same and expect the inside temps to rise or should i stop switching out frozen water bottles and let the whole system rise to around 70?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2011, 06:45 PM   #2
chowser
Recipes 
 
Jun 2011
Spring, Texas
Posts: 27

If during the height of fermentation you noticed the temps the same, I'd imagine that it would stay that way the whole time. I'd make the exterior temp the same as I want the interior temp to be; it probably will be, +/- a degree.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2011, 07:07 PM   #3
kpr121
 
kpr121's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jul 2009
Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 3,147
Liked 127 Times on 111 Posts


I second chowsers comments. Shoot for a degree or two below your desired temperature. If there is enough thermal mass in the swamp cooler water you very well could be extremely close to the actual fermentation temperatures.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2011, 07:58 PM   #4
PIGMAN
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Recipes 
 
Mar 2011
E.MEADOW, NEW YORK
Posts: 352
Liked 5 Times on 4 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by BesteBrew View Post
Hey all

So to deal with higher temps i set up my first swamp cooler when i brewed monday afternoon. Used WLP400 (Optimum Fermentation Temperature: 67-74F.) By tuesday morning fermentation was going good and i had my water in my cooler around 62 because i thought temps inside were to be a couple degress higher then the water temps but out of curiosity i checked my inside temp tonight and it was around 62, the same as the ouside water. Should i keep my temps of the outside water the same and expect the inside temps to rise or should i stop switching out frozen water bottles and let the whole system rise to around 70?
It's unusual that the fermentation temp wouldn't be a little higher than the water in the cooler. Once the fermentation slows down, it usually equalizes.

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Swamp Cooler Question bembury Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 5 06-27-2011 03:05 PM
Swamp Cooler Question PIGMAN Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10 06-16-2011 07:59 PM
Swamp cooler question GRHunter Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11 08-05-2010 02:25 PM
Swamp Cooler Question xinunix Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 1 03-09-2009 01:31 AM
question on swamp cooler slomo Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 6 03-08-2009 04:31 AM


Forum Jump