How to handle too-low temps - Page 2 - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > How to handle too-low temps

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 10-15-2013, 02:40 PM   #11
WileECoyote
 
WileECoyote's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Mar 2012
Mohave Valley, Az
Posts: 1,448
Liked 154 Times on 125 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by Kozzer View Post
Fo' realz? That sounds like an awesome solution!
I have 2 of them and used them all winter long last winter they work great.

Hope this helps.

Cheers
__________________
WileECoyote
Naked Brew

Bartender Ill have what the gentleman on the floor is drinking.

I have spent more $ on brewing equipment than my truck cost!

Green beer sucks, let it age/condition/finish and become great before drinking it. WileECoyote

Good/Great beer takes time! if you want a quick beer go to the store or bar!

Things come and go. Good beer will live on for ever ! WileECoyote

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-15-2013, 02:47 PM   #12
WileECoyote
 
WileECoyote's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Mar 2012
Mohave Valley, Az
Posts: 1,448
Liked 154 Times on 125 Posts


The heaters i have are, Aquatop 100 watt submersible heater, model # HT-100

I did some research before i bought them and this heater seemed to have better reviews than most of the others.

Cheers
__________________
WileECoyote
Naked Brew

Bartender Ill have what the gentleman on the floor is drinking.

I have spent more $ on brewing equipment than my truck cost!

Green beer sucks, let it age/condition/finish and become great before drinking it. WileECoyote

Good/Great beer takes time! if you want a quick beer go to the store or bar!

Things come and go. Good beer will live on for ever ! WileECoyote

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-15-2013, 05:50 PM   #13
Kozzer
Recipes 
 
Jun 2013
Posts: 68
Liked 10 Times on 8 Posts


I used my lunch hour to buy one for $25. There were options at $15 and $20, but those have the "feature" of "not having to set the temp", which means they're at 78F and you can't do nothing to change it. I thought different species of fish have different ideal water temperatures but oh well. I got the adjustable one and now I can go nuts with a up to a 30 gallon swamp cooler!!!
__________________
Batch #22 ~ Mosaic SMaSH [AG] ~ Brewed 5/4 ~ consuming

Batch #23 ~ Summer Solstice IPA (Centennial/Amarillo/Mosaic) [AG] ~ Brewed 5/18 ~ bottle conditioning

Batch #24 ~ Nutty Brunette Nut Brown Ale [AG] ~ Brewed 6/7 ~ primary fermentation

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-15-2013, 11:07 PM   #14
BigFloyd
 
BigFloyd's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Dec 2012
Tyler, Texas
Posts: 5,268
Liked 759 Times on 652 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by Kozzer View Post
I used my lunch hour to buy one for $25. There were options at $15 and $20, but those have the "feature" of "not having to set the temp", which means they're at 78F and you can't do nothing to change it. I thought different species of fish have different ideal water temperatures but oh well. I got the adjustable one and now I can go nuts with a up to a 30 gallon swamp cooler!!!
Spend another $18 and you can wire that heater into a digital ST-1000 controller. You set the temp you want and the controller will turn the power to the heater on and off as needed.

BTW- 60*F ambient is a great temp for most ale yeasts since the temp inside the fermenter will run 6-10*F warmer at peak ferment. I'd only use the heater to warm it into the mid-60's after the first 4-5 days.
__________________
Good Temp Control -----> Happy Yeast ------> Tasty Brew

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-15-2013, 11:10 PM   #15
Yooper
Ale's What Cures You!
HBT_ADMIN.png
 
Yooper's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jun 2006
UP of Michigan, Winter Texan
Posts: 69,229
Liked 7722 Times on 5424 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by Kozzer View Post
I used my lunch hour to buy one for $25. There were options at $15 and $20, but those have the "feature" of "not having to set the temp", which means they're at 78F and you can't do nothing to change it. I thought different species of fish have different ideal water temperatures but oh well. I got the adjustable one and now I can go nuts with a up to a 30 gallon swamp cooler!!!
That's what I did! While some of my favorite yeast strains do best at 60-64 degrees (Wyeast 1335 and 1450, the "pacman" strain, WLP001), as well as the hybrid California lager strain, I got a small 10w aquarium heater and can keep the water bath at whatever temperature I want.

The cool thing is that you can ferment at 62 degrees for 5 days, and then finish the fermentation off at 70 degrees with just a turning of the knob. It works great for me!
__________________
Broken Leg Brewery
Giving beer a leg to stand on since 2006

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2013, 02:40 PM   #16
WileECoyote
 
WileECoyote's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Mar 2012
Mohave Valley, Az
Posts: 1,448
Liked 154 Times on 125 Posts


The model # HT-100 heaters are temp adjustable too, another reason they were the ones I purchased.

I also do like Yooper said and set them at 62 for 5 days, and then turn it to 70 to finnish.

One of the best brewing tools ever.

Cheers
__________________
WileECoyote
Naked Brew

Bartender Ill have what the gentleman on the floor is drinking.

I have spent more $ on brewing equipment than my truck cost!

Green beer sucks, let it age/condition/finish and become great before drinking it. WileECoyote

Good/Great beer takes time! if you want a quick beer go to the store or bar!

Things come and go. Good beer will live on for ever ! WileECoyote

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2013, 04:40 PM   #17
Kozzer
Recipes 
 
Jun 2013
Posts: 68
Liked 10 Times on 8 Posts


.
__________________
Batch #22 ~ Mosaic SMaSH [AG] ~ Brewed 5/4 ~ consuming

Batch #23 ~ Summer Solstice IPA (Centennial/Amarillo/Mosaic) [AG] ~ Brewed 5/18 ~ bottle conditioning

Batch #24 ~ Nutty Brunette Nut Brown Ale [AG] ~ Brewed 6/7 ~ primary fermentation

Reason: Duplicate post

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2013, 04:41 PM   #18
Kozzer
Recipes 
 
Jun 2013
Posts: 68
Liked 10 Times on 8 Posts


Unfortunately the one I got looks like it only goes down to 72. Not sure yet, only time will tell if it'll work for my needs. I don't own a fish tank but I guess I never realized that every fish that ever lived can only live in upper 70's water.

And I only had the heater plugged in for like a half hour, because I also put more (warm) water into the swamp cooler to get the level high enough for the heater to function properly, and it got to 64 and has been there all by itself since then - with very vigorous airlock activity.
__________________
Batch #22 ~ Mosaic SMaSH [AG] ~ Brewed 5/4 ~ consuming

Batch #23 ~ Summer Solstice IPA (Centennial/Amarillo/Mosaic) [AG] ~ Brewed 5/18 ~ bottle conditioning

Batch #24 ~ Nutty Brunette Nut Brown Ale [AG] ~ Brewed 6/7 ~ primary fermentation

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-25-2013, 04:09 PM   #19
82cabby
Recipes 
 
Dec 2010
West Falls, NY
Posts: 20

I know this is an older thread, but I thought I should throw this out there.
In the past I spent a lot of years keeping multiple tropical fish tanks. Those heaters are consistent, but not accurate. By that I mean you might set it at 70 and it might do a great job of keeping the water at 74. I would recommend checking the temperature of your swamp heater/cooler with a good thermometer occasionally to make sure it is where you want it. Also I lost almost an entire tank of fish when the cheapo heater got stuck 'on' and took the temperature into the high 90's. You definitely get what you pay for with those things so get a decent one and keep an eye on it. A good one should last for years.

As to why they all seem to only go down to 70 or 72.... tropical fish need those higher temps. If a hobbyist is keeping fish that require cooler temperatures they just do with out the heater. I kept a tank of fancy gold fish in my basement for years where the temperature in the winter dropped into the mid 50's and they did fine with no heater.

Sorry, geeked out there for a minute..... back to beer!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-26-2013, 09:20 PM   #20
Kozzer
Recipes 
 
Jun 2013
Posts: 68
Liked 10 Times on 8 Posts


Thanks for the tips! As for now, it's been soooo cold that the heater is struggling to keep the swamp water above 60! I know it's working, because when I take a fermentor out of the swamp (well after activity has settled) I have to move it into an especially warm part of the house or the temp will drop into the low 50's or upper 40's. It's only really a problem when it gets 10F or below outside, unfortunately that's been the rule rather than the exception so far this winter.
__________________
Batch #22 ~ Mosaic SMaSH [AG] ~ Brewed 5/4 ~ consuming

Batch #23 ~ Summer Solstice IPA (Centennial/Amarillo/Mosaic) [AG] ~ Brewed 5/18 ~ bottle conditioning

Batch #24 ~ Nutty Brunette Nut Brown Ale [AG] ~ Brewed 6/7 ~ primary fermentation

 
Reply With Quote


Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Multi-step, do later higher temps affect the lower temps? - better explained inside.. Rev2010 All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 4 12-29-2012 06:05 AM
Ambient temps versus actual fermenting temps OHIOSTEVE Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 24 10-21-2012 09:19 PM
How many different temps are you guys controlling at once, and how do you handle it? J187 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 8 10-15-2012 09:00 PM
Fermentation Temps & Secondary Temps + Keezer Question jdlev General Beer Discussion 9 09-16-2011 02:52 AM
Are there any yeasts that can handle higher temps? schristian619 Recipes/Ingredients 17 09-06-2008 06:21 PM


Forum Jump