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Old 12-15-2007, 09:56 PM   #1
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Default Fermenting near hot water heater, HVAC, and washer drier.

Well I've lost my spare bedroom/brewhouse to the new roommate but on the upside I'll have more funds to devote to my craft. Now, aside from the garage the only other viable space is under the stairs in the laundy room. However, I'm concerned that with it being right next to the hot water heater and the HVAC unit it would be less than ideal conditions. As long as I don't work with any open fermentation vessels with the heat/AC on should I be ok with airlocked carboys? Should I try to build an insulated fermentation chamber to try and reduce the fluctuations in temperature? Am I completely overthinking this? Another plus side is that there's a slop sink in there so I wouldn't have to go to far to clean things.

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Old 12-15-2007, 10:30 PM   #2
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Take a quick- read themometer in there and check the temps. Do it at various times during the day to see how much temps fluctuate. That ought to give you an idea of your fermentation space.
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An insulated fermentation box is always a good idea. I'd spend $10 on a digital min/max thermometer and see what the variations are.

It is impossible to form an explosive mixture from fermentation. Exploding bottles are a different sort of thing.
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