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Old 11-27-2013, 03:21 PM   #1
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Default My overly complicated method of temperature control for yeast starter

In the summer, I normally keep my starters in the basement where it's around 70F. In the winter, I will keep them in the spare bedroom, which is probably around 68F, but we have guests for the holidays and I wanted to brew right after they leave, so I needed to make a starter, but my basement is 60F right now.

So in my basement I set up a water bath using an aquarium heater and I had used my second stir plate to circulate the water around the heater. It worked for 2 days to maintain the temperature to around 70F.

Do you worry about your starter temperatures? If so, how do you maintain it?

Here's the pictures of my setup.





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Old 11-27-2013, 04:25 PM   #2
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I worry about temperatures, including the temperature of my starter, because my house is pretty cool in the winter. I use a brew belt on the fermenter in the basement, but I think I will try your idea for my next starter.


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I use a home made stir plate which keeps it warm, other than that I never worried about it.
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My starters just sit on the kitchen counter and spin. Whatever the house temp is, thats what it is
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My starters just sit on the kitchen counter and spin. Whatever the house temp is, thats what it is
Me too. My house thermostat is 70 in winter, 75 in summer.


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