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Old 06-25-2012, 04:53 PM   #1
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So I really really really want to brew a Kolsch, but I don't have AC and right now my state is going through one of the most intense heat waves we've ever had. My house is about 70 degrees or so at night, but gets up close to 90 during the day. I have a closet that I think I can keep cool, around 75 or so most of the time, but it might get as high as 80.

Is it doable? Should I consider trying something like WLP001 and just calling it a blonde ale? Any other suggestions for temperature control for someone who doesn't have a fridge available?

 
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Old 06-25-2012, 04:56 PM   #2
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Quite honestly, I wouldn't waste my time and money if I wasn't going to be able to control the fermentation temps. For a kolsch you need to ferment around 60 F and hold it there. It's a clean style that isn't going to hide much fermentation flaws. I would suggest a different style for you but if you could make the investment, fermentation control equipment is the best purchase you can make for your brewery.

 
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Old 06-25-2012, 04:56 PM   #3
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swamp cooler. water, frozen water-bottles or milk-jugs, fermenter, fan, t-shirt over fermenter. Easy.

I prefer to ferment Kolsch in the mid 60's. It has a nice fruity profile.
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Old 06-25-2012, 04:58 PM   #4
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Its not do-able; I wouldn't even use US-05 at those temps. If you can swing it, a 5 cubic ft chest freezer and a Johnson controller will solve all your problems. Best investment (~ $250) I've made in my 2+ years of homebrewing. I did the swamp cooler thing for a while, but it is a PITA, and not nearly as predictable/controlable as the aforementioned solution.

 
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Old 06-25-2012, 05:03 PM   #5
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I suppose I can, I'm just trying not to spend so much money on beer equipment all the time. :-p I guess I'll have to see how big the number is on the paycheck I get this week and then make my choice.

I did make a Kolsch about 3 weeks ago and it fermented at about 70+ the whole time and came out great, but it's much hotter this week and I'm a little worried.

 
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Old 06-25-2012, 05:03 PM   #6
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Also G-star, any recommendations on which Johnson Controls unit is best?

 
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Old 06-25-2012, 06:31 PM   #7
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This is what I use on my kegerator/fermentation freezer:

http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/b...ontroller.html

It works very well and was really as easy as plugging it in and setting the temperature and rang. I will definitely be purchasing a 2nd one when I purchase my next freezer this summer. I want to be able to have a dedicated kegerator.

 
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Old 06-25-2012, 06:52 PM   #8
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The ebay temp controllers are working well these days too.
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Old 06-25-2012, 07:09 PM   #9
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I got a chest freezer on craigslist for $100 and use a temp controller to run it. Works well and has no problem doing lager fermentation even in my garage which is about 98deg F right now. I can fit 3 better bottles in there if I really try or about 6 kegs.

 
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Old 06-25-2012, 07:15 PM   #10
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swamp cooler. water, frozen water-bottles or milk-jugs, fermenter, fan, t-shirt over fermenter. Easy.
^This, for sure. Easy and cheap. Just use an 18 gal bucket from Home Cheapo, the rest you should have on hand at home.
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