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Old 08-10-2012, 10:04 PM   #1
Aug 2012
Ames, Iowa
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Hey all

I am gonna try a bunch of cold brews because I have the luxury of living in a Dorm Room, so I am very limited in my cooking abilities. Definitely gonna have to swamp cool to keep it at a decent temp (No AC).

Any tips on brewing in small spaces would be awesome.

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Old 08-10-2012, 11:01 PM   #2
Mar 2012
Orem, UT
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apfelwein and skeeterpee won't need cooling probably, they like temperatures in the 70's just fine if you are using a champagne yeast like montrachet, premier cuvee, or 1118

BIAB is certainly the way to go. single kettle and a grain bag.

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Old 08-11-2012, 12:00 AM   #3
Feb 2012
Sac City, IA
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Unless you're in one of the "suites" at Friley (never been inside them - they were just finishing construction when I graduated... although the "no a/c" comment kind of shoots that...), I'd say your best bet is going to be make friends with someone in an off-campus apartment (or better yet house) At least for the brew day.

Out of curiosity, what dorm?

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Old 08-11-2012, 12:18 AM   #4
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In my college days, anyone over 21 who lived in the dorms was a tool
Primary #1 - Midnight Ryeder (Midnight Wheat and Rye)
Primary #2 - Florida Weiss
Primary #3 - Kane-DOH APA (Honey Citra APA)
Secondary #1 - Downtown Flanders Brown (brewed August 2012)
Keg #1 - Raspberry Florida Weiss
Keg #2 - Cinnamon Raisin Cider
Keg #3 - NONE!
Bottled - NONE!

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Old 08-11-2012, 12:31 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by TopherM View Post
In my college days, anyone over 21 who lived in the dorms was a tool
Or maybe an RA

But really, we can't give advice to a minor.

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Old 08-11-2012, 12:53 AM   #6
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All of the dorms at my college (Univ. of Alaska Fairbanks) had a community kitchen on the ground floor and central air. I never even considered that other colleges aren't similarly equipped.

And unlike Topher's college, there were LOTS of reasons to live on campus. At the top of that list is not having to shovel snow and being able to make it to class on time even if it is -60F. I just have to wonder if all the upper classmen at Topher's college moved off campus, who was left to welcome the incoming freshman girls?

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