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Old 11-01-2007, 03:22 AM   #1
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Any suggestions for keeping a fermenter warm enough in a garage when the weather turns cooler? My fermentation chamber does great at cooling in the summer, but it has no heating gear.

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Old 11-01-2007, 03:58 AM   #2
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If you can change the fan to be turned on in a cold condition, you can just run a 20 watt lightbulb in the old cooling chamber. You just need to be certain the bulb will never be able to touch the foam.

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Old 11-01-2007, 02:40 PM   #3
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A heating pad works great. You know, the kind old folks us on their backs. I got one at Walgreens for about $12, used an old belt to "tie" it to the fermenter and covered the whole thing with an old sweat shirt. I was doing lagers so I only need to keep it above 40 or so, but the low setting worked fine for that. I suspect the higher setting would keep things in the ale range, depending on your ambient temperature.

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Old 11-01-2007, 03:37 PM   #4
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yeah i'd just rig a light bulb or a heating pad on a basic lamp timer. trial and error will help you determine the on/off cycles.
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Old 11-01-2007, 03:42 PM   #5
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Actually, if you place the fermenter inside during the daytime and close it up it'll be isolated from the outside air temp and not affected by the temperature change at night, right?
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Old 11-01-2007, 03:53 PM   #6
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I have the same problem you do. Right now I'm using a 25watt lightbulb inside my fermentation freezer, and its working well enough.

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Old 11-01-2007, 03:53 PM   #7
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You should take up lagering.... that is probably the best thing to do... it doesn't freeze in there correct? It just gets very close? I would lager.
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Old 11-01-2007, 05:26 PM   #8
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Send it down to me, in Miami winter is a chilly 90F
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Old 11-01-2007, 05:41 PM   #9
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My basement was getting a little too cool a couple of weeks ago, so I put the carboy into a storage bin (like a roughneck, you know the ones you put decorations or baby cloths or whatever in) and dropped in an aquarium heater. I kept an eye on the temp until I knew what the heater was doing and everything worked out fine.

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Old 11-01-2007, 08:57 PM   #10
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I use a large Rubbermaid storage container full of water and a heating pad as well. I regulate the temperature by the amount of overlap of the container on top of the heating pad.

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