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Old 10-17-2012, 03:50 AM   #1
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Default Pool Fermentation - Controlling your temps

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So here's a technique i've come up with and used with great success in the past year or so. I live in Texas, and controlling fermentation temperatures for ales can be a daunting task. I have a kegerator that I use for lagering, but can't reach ale temps without a temp controller (which I just haven't gotten around to buying yet, anyone got a link for how to make one?). Anyways, I do have a pool, which sits at 62-63 during spring and fall. I've been floating the fermenter in the pool to maintain proper temps. Thoughts, questions or concerns? Let's hear it.


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Old 10-17-2012, 03:54 AM   #2
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first that is awesome.

secondly I would be concerned about light depending on what you ferment in. or any animals or fermenter tipping into the water.


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Old 10-17-2012, 04:08 AM   #3
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Oh that reminds me, I forgot to add that I use a plastic fermenter with a black garbage bag tied around the outside to prevent any sort of light exposure. Hillbilly brewing I guess? haha
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first that is awesome.

secondly I would be concerned about light depending on what you ferment in. or any animals or fermenter tipping into the water.
I agree...great idea. Just remember your beer temps will be a few degrees above the water temp and rock on.
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Old 10-17-2012, 09:34 AM   #5
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I live in Texas
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I didn't know New York was in Texas...
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Old 10-17-2012, 05:07 PM   #6
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https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q...ed=0CAkQ_AUoAg

There's a New York in Texas apparantly
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Do go all patting yourself on the back thinking you were the first one on here to do it.....Unfortunately the pic is gone...But here is the thread...

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It was a great pic of the kettle floating being held up by pool noodles.

Someone beat your idea by about 5 years....

Then there's this...

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There's a New York in Texas apparantly
Looks like the whole town consists of one house and a barn.
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More than 5 years, in the complete joy of homebrewing Charlie papazzian mentions someone using a pool to ferment in (or keep the beer cool while fermenting to be more accurate). IT has a cute picture of a scuba diver and the bucket fermentor with bubble coming up from the fermentor.

I think in the book he mentioned AZ as the location, but it was a 'when it is hard to get it cool, use what you have available'
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I didn't know New York was in Texas...
Lol as you can see i'm not very active on the forums. Made this account when I was at college. In the DFW area currently. Anyways... I figured I didn't "invent" this technique, but thought i'd share it anyways. Good to see that these forums are full of friendly people!


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