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Old 01-09-2012, 08:18 PM   #1
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Yesterday I put my spiced ale into the fermentation fridge in my garage. Chiller got it down to 60, I set the controller to 65, I took a reading today, and it's 52. Sooo... I guess it's too cold in my garage to warm up the inside of the fridge to fermentation temperature.

I'm thinking I'll bring the fermenter into the house (~72) until I see krausen, then drop it back in the fridge ASAP. That way the heat generated by fermentation should be enough to keep the inside of the fridge warm.

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Old 01-09-2012, 08:20 PM   #2
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what sort of heating element are you using the heat your fermentation chamber?


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Old 01-09-2012, 09:18 PM   #3
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I just drop a light bulb in there during the colder months to bring it up a bit. Works great, but my garage doesn't get below freezing so YMMV.
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what sort of heating element are you using the heat your fermentation chamber?
No heating element... up until now I haven't needed one.
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Old 01-20-2012, 02:15 PM   #5
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Funny - The exact same thing happened to me yesterday. I have a temp controller on my mini fridge but haven't needed a heating element to date. I brought the bucket inside and am trying to slowly warm it up. Hopefully fermentation will start soon. I'm using S 05.
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Old 01-20-2012, 04:52 PM   #6
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If you have a controller, you could plug in a light bulb or small heater, etc.

If it's that cold down there, though, putting it in the house will probably work too.

Small heaters are like $12 at Walmart...
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Try a heating pad plugged into your temp controller, worked great for me a few weeks ago.
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Funny thing... I let it go for another 24 hours and I had krausen. So I just let it ferment out.


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