Originally Posted by jrcomito
I have the opposite problem. I am going to brew for the first time in southwest Florida where the avg temp is 80F. I am looking for a few ideas on making a homemade ferm temp control apparatus. I like the garbage can idea, I have two of those available. I heard that I could use ice blocks in the bath, but that seems rather labor intensive. Any ideas? I do have power available and a limited knowledge of it.
I ferment mine in a bathroom that has no windows and 1 small outer wall on the shady side of my house. I keep it in a bathtub of water filled to about 1/3 of the carboy . I drape a wet towel over it that extends into the water. I check to keep the towel wet. This keeps the temp pretty steady. If it starts to warm up, I use a fan to blow air across it. This works very well for me. My biggest concern is the fist 2-3 days of fermentation. I really work to keep the temp steady and in range the first few days.
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Revvy>>You shouldn't worry about ANYTHING, you didn't hurt the yeast, they know what they need to do, they want to eat all that sugar they are swimming around in. They want to pee alcohol and fart co2, it's their nature.
Bobby_M>>I flood the keg with CO2 for one minute with the lid off, rack the beer in to the bottom gently, seal it, flood it, vent it. If there's still O2 in there after that, F it.