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Old 10-24-2011, 11:24 PM   #1
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Hey guys, I live in an apt. and its usually around 70-72 degrees farenheit in here. I was thinking that that is probably too warm, and it is probably a little bit warmer than that in some areas. My gf was not a fan of swamp coolers, and I liked the igloo cooler idea since it didn't appear to require many ice pack changes, but buying the cooler seems to be expensive. I was thinking maybe try and buy a mini-fridge off of craigs list for 30-40 dollars and use that as a fermentation chamber. What are your guys thoughts? My apt is not that big, its not small but I also have a roommate, so its 3 of us in here. Would I NEED to buy a temp control unit for the fridge since I imagine it would be too cold if not?

 
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Old 10-24-2011, 11:26 PM   #2
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70-72 is a great temp for ferment at, unless u are doing lagers.

I personally own a temp controller and they work great. i highly recommend them.
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Old 10-24-2011, 11:28 PM   #3
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So you think I should wait to upgrade? I just figured since the wort is so exothermic in the first 72 hrs that it might be necessary. If it's not needed I will avoid it.

 
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Old 10-24-2011, 11:30 PM   #4
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So you think I should wait to upgrade? I just figured since the wort is so exothermic in the first 72 hrs that it might be necessary. If it's not needed I will avoid it.
Depends on what the maker of the yeast recommends for optimum temp range.
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Old 10-24-2011, 11:36 PM   #5
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If ambient is 72' , then wort temp during fermentation will be a lot higher. Not advised for most yeast.
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Old 10-24-2011, 11:37 PM   #6
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58-74 degrees is the recommended temp

 
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Old 10-24-2011, 11:40 PM   #7
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another alternative is just taking a bucket I use to wash my car and sticking it in there with some water and a t-shirt and just keep a fan on it...?

 
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Old 10-24-2011, 11:42 PM   #8
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Do you like saisons?

 
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Old 10-24-2011, 11:43 PM   #9
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not familiar with them, but I already bought the wheat extract kit

 
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Old 10-24-2011, 11:44 PM   #10
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another alternative is just taking a bucket I use to wash my car and sticking it in there with some water and a t-shirt and just keep a fan on it...?
I thought your GF was not a fan of swamp coolers? I'd get a ferm chamber and Johnson A419 and mount the thermocouple to the fermentor with tape or plumbers putty. That way your not racing to change frozen water bottles or getting your fermentor to hot. Just my .02
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