Ways to keep fermentor warm during winter - Page 2 - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Ways to keep fermentor warm during winter

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 12-21-2011, 06:43 PM   #11
TomSD
Da Geek
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
TomSD's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Aug 2010
Lemon Grove, CA, CA
Posts: 1,361
Liked 33 Times on 24 Posts


A clamp on lamp and ceramic IR bulb works for me. I only use the 60w so it doesn't generate too much heat but it is enough that when the controller kicks it on it keeps things from getting too cold.
__________________

Johnson Controller rewire
| Keezer (FCM7SUWW) build | Love Controller box build | Soda Syrups/Concentrates

God is an imaginary friend for grownups., Walter Crewes (Morgan Freeman), The Big Bounce

Don't be afraid to ask dumb questions they're easier to handle than dumb mistakes!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-21-2011, 07:01 PM   #12
triletter
Recipes 
 
May 2011
Middleville, MI
Posts: 28


Being in MI gets colder than CA (not so much this year), but I got a ceramic heater for the fridge in an unheated pole barn where I brew. Moves the air and keeps a constant temp with single controller. Cold crashing is as simple as removing the fermentor from the fridge. Bottling in the cold is interesting.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-21-2011, 08:40 PM   #13
KidMoxie
 
KidMoxie's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Dec 2011
San Marcos, CA
Posts: 38
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts


Here's what I did:
1) Got a 10 gallon utility bucket (the kind with handles)
2) Filled with water (keeps temperature stable)
3) Placed carboy in water
4) Got $15 100 Watt fish tank heater off Amazon & placed in water.

Result: rock solid temp readings of 66F.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-23-2011, 04:40 AM   #14
Matteo57
Recipes 
 
Sep 2011
Corona, ca
Posts: 754
Liked 19 Times on 18 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by luke2080 View Post
I just hug my fermenter when its cold. Seems to do the trick.
I think this is the best idea of them all!

Thanks for all of the ideas. I have a small space heater, the wife was just worried about putting it into a chest freezer for any period of time, but i think it would be fine.
Anyone have their doubts about doing this or being a big fire hazard?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-23-2011, 04:42 AM   #15
sudsmcgee
 
sudsmcgee's Avatar
Recipes 
 
May 2010
Western Chicago Burbs, IL
Posts: 1,515
Liked 50 Times on 42 Posts


I use a water bath and add hot tap water.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-23-2011, 04:45 AM   #16
Matteo57
Recipes 
 
Sep 2011
Corona, ca
Posts: 754
Liked 19 Times on 18 Posts


I keep them in a chest freezer because I usually have 2-3 beers fermenting at once and some bottles carbing up sometimes as well.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-23-2011, 11:26 AM   #17
Calichusetts
 
Calichusetts's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Nov 2011
Plymouth, MA
Posts: 3,015
Liked 500 Times on 300 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by luke2080 View Post
I just hug my fermenter when its cold. Seems to do the trick.
This! People often forget that love truly is the secret ingredient in most beers

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-23-2011, 02:18 PM   #18
william_shakes_beer
Recipes 
 
Oct 2010
Maryland
Posts: 2,570
Liked 223 Times on 179 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by smokeyfisherman View Post
I got my buckets in a plastic tote ($10 @ Walmart) and an adjustable aquarium heater ($30 at petco)... I plan on insulating the tote this weekend to make it more consistant. Fill the tote up just above the 4 gallon mark on your buckets and your good to go. So far each morning afternoon and night when i check the temp its pretty consistant.
+1. although I got a little "puckered up" the first time I tossed an electric appliance in a bucket of water. If you do this, be sure the heater will operate at the "lower" temperatures required by your yeast. Mine was a 100 watt tropical aquarium heater that did not have a setpoint below 70F. A little too warm for most yeasts. Not using it any more, but that's how I started. The water in the plastic tote acts as a heat sink to slow the temperature swings.

When I first got my ferm chamber, I bought a small quartz space heater but returned it when it kept shutting off due to a safety interlock. Apparently a lot of space heaters won't run more than ***** hours and then need to be unplugged to reset the interlock.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-23-2011, 02:23 PM   #19
luke2080
Insert Witty Title Here..
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
luke2080's Avatar
Recipes 
 
May 2011
Boston, MA
Posts: 460
Liked 19 Times on 18 Posts


For inside your chest freezer, I would follow the advice from post #3.

Get a heating light bulb, and get a 2 stage temp controller. This will warm the freezer when it is too cold, and cool it when too hot. Just be sure the temperature probe is in water or something, so the temp doesn't swing too wildly. And set the temp differential to +/- 2 degrees.

A light bulb would do the trick and be much safer than a space heater. And draw less power (I assume, I won't pretend to know how to prove that).

Of course none of this is needed if the hugging works.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-23-2011, 08:55 PM   #20
Matteo57
Recipes 
 
Sep 2011
Corona, ca
Posts: 754
Liked 19 Times on 18 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by luke2080 View Post
Of course none of this is needed if the hugging works.
So true.... I guess I'll stick with hugging!

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Porter, Five ways NyPDFustercluck Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 9 04-21-2011 02:50 AM
Ways to reduce your brew day robertbartsch Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10 07-20-2010 07:19 PM
Ways to improve an IPA jruffatto Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11 03-29-2010 04:07 AM
Ways to Siphon Your Beer mikebiewer Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11 03-05-2010 01:37 AM
Keep ale warm in winter jakead Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 2 01-14-2010 04:48 PM


Forum Jump