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Old 01-04-2012, 02:48 AM   #1
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After completing my first batch I am looking at what to brew next. Some recipes call for fermentation temps to be in the 60'sF. How do you keep the fermentation vessel that cold? Keep in mind I have the Coopers DIY kit.

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Old 01-04-2012, 02:48 AM   #2
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Old 01-04-2012, 02:59 AM   #3
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Yep. Make a swamp cooler. And just so you know for the future, really all ales should be fermented in the 60's except in special cases. Above 70 and a lot of off flavors can be produced.
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Old 01-04-2012, 03:44 AM   #4
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yeah, not to beat a dead horse, but a swamp cooler's the easies, cheapest and a pretty effective way to control temps.
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Old 01-05-2012, 04:12 AM   #5
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Is it not a pain to keep checking temps, swapping frozen bottles, etc for weeks?

 
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Old 01-05-2012, 04:16 AM   #6
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What's your floor temp?
The water in a swamp cooler will stay at that temp if in contact with the concrete.

 
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Old 01-05-2012, 04:17 AM   #7
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It is a lot of work to keep up with.. I'm lagering in a swamp cooler. I have to swap out quite a lot of containers twice a day, but It's good exercise for burning off the calories from drinking so much homebrew!! Look at the photos on my profile, and you'll see a photo of it...

 
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yep it sure is but it is the cheapest, and unless you have a way to refrigerate its your best option.

 
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Is it not a pain to keep checking temps, swapping frozen bottles, etc for weeks?
less of a pain than drinking bad beer due to high fermentation temps. or not having beer cuz the yeast didn't kick off due to the wort cooling off too much. i guess it's a matter of how hard is it to read a thermometer a few times a day?
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Old 01-05-2012, 04:33 AM   #10
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Would setting the AC in the room you're keeping the fermentation bucket in to a certain temp work out ok?


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