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Old 09-29-2012, 01:54 PM   #1
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Hey all, getting ready to start my first brew tomorrow. I have been monitoring my fermenting room (spare bathroom) with a digital monitor for a week and it is a steady 70 degrees, with a 3-4 degree swing between 68 and 72. I've debated fermenting in a swamp cooler but wanted to know with these temps if it was really necessary. I'm brewing a Brewer's Best PSA IPA.

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Old 09-29-2012, 04:17 PM   #2
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I ferment at room temp (70 deg F)--probably varies like yours but I've never checked. My guess is that the 4 degree variation in temp that you describe should not have a discernable impact on the final product. It does however depend on the yeast strain. You can check that. Not sure what yeast is in that kit. Probably ale and you should be fine.


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Old 09-29-2012, 08:34 PM   #3
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Hey all, getting ready to start my first brew tomorrow. I have been monitoring my fermenting room (spare bathroom) with a digital monitor for a week and it is a steady 70 degrees, with a 3-4 degree swing between 68 and 72. I've debated fermenting in a swamp cooler but wanted to know with these temps if it was really necessary. I'm brewing a Brewer's Best PSA IPA.

Thanks, and let the addiction begin!
Short answer: use the swamp cooler, active fermentation will raise the actual temp in the primary 5-10 degrees
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Old 09-30-2012, 01:40 AM   #4
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Short answer: use the swamp cooler, active fermentation will raise the actual temp in the primary 5-10 degrees
That and the yeast will ALWAYS throw less off flavors the more stable the temperature. Yeast do not like rapid temperature fluctuations. The swamp cooler will help you get the temp you need and minimize the swings.

Hooking a temp controller up to a mini fridge was the best thing I ever did for my beer.
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Old 09-30-2012, 12:00 PM   #5
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Thanks gents. Swamp cooler it is.


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