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Old 11-10-2007, 12:13 AM   #1
Oct 2006
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So my 2nd AG didn't go so well. I thought it had, but it has been tasting very sub-par for weeks now and I think I've figured it out: I just kegged up a Southern English Brown and it was spot on. While it's not my favorite style, I think it may be the best beer I've made in terms of control and precision. The only real difference between my failed 2nd AG and the most dead-on beer I've made? Controlled fermentation temperatures. I was getting lazy and not keeping my carboys in a water bath and it came back to haunt me.

I suppose the point is control the fermentation temp. I know we've all heard it a thousand times, but here is another true testament that it makes all the difference.



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Old 11-10-2007, 06:42 AM   #2
May 2007
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My beers have certainly taken a turn for the better since I started watching my temps. I use a water bath and an aquarium pump and I'm able to manage my temps for ales pretty well.

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Old 11-10-2007, 07:11 AM   #3
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Old 11-10-2007, 07:18 AM   #4
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My best beers have come since I've had better control on fermentation. If you can get your hands on a spare fridge, especially a free one, all you need is an electronic temperture controler. It will only set you back $60.
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