Originally Posted by TopherM
The BIGGEST factor in cellering/aging long term is to keep the temperature CONSTANT. Ideally, you want to be at about 50-55F and be able to hold it there. The fluctuations in temperature in your basement is going to be adverse to the longterm quality of your brew.
Could you invest in a fridge/mini fridge that's big enough to hold this guy closer to the 50-55 long term? You can probably find one on Craigslist for under $50.00 (i see free ones all the time in my area), which is going to be a very good investment into the quality of this brew!
The basement doesn't fluctuate daily between those temperatures, it is fairly steady in the short term. It does fluctuate as the seasons change though.
I suppose I could buy a fridge and a controller, but that seems like a huge investment just for one batch of beer. I also don't have a ton of extra space in there, and there are no outlets on the side of my basement I'd have to put it on.
I could build a styrofoam cage around the secondary fermenter, to help control temperature fluctuations. That wouldn't require any electricity, so I could put it wherever I wanted.