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Old 11-07-2011, 08:59 PM   #11
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The same is true for the bucket idea, regardless of whether you're going warmer or cooler.

Put some frozen water bottles in the bucket to cool it to desired range, use a heater stick to warm it up. The water bath is good because it takes longer for the temperature swings, giving you closer control over the rise and fall.

If you're a DIYer then build a box from wood, insulate it with foam, hack open an old mini-fridge (free), wire into a thermostat ($15) and that will get your cooling down to high lager temps (my thermostat goes to 55*, so close but no cigar) and every ale temp you could want.

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