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Old 04-14-2006, 05:47 PM   #1
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Hello,

It's starting to get rather warm here, which may cause me problems whilst fermenting. I don't have a basement, nor do I have air-conditioning (argh!) I really don't want my brew to reach above 70 degrees while I ferment, and also I would like to keep a steady temperature. Is there a way I can achieve this with relative ease? My house gets to about 80 degrees during the peak of summer
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Old 04-14-2006, 06:09 PM   #2
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Yhe only way I cah think of is to put the fermenter in a laundry tub, with cold water and change the water periodically

 
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Old 04-14-2006, 06:12 PM   #3
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yeah...reckon you could also keep some milk jugs with frozen water and change out the jugs instead of the whole lot of water.

 
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Old 04-14-2006, 10:34 PM   #4
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I really don't want my brew to reach above 70 degrees while I ferment, and also I would like to keep a steady temperature. Is there a way I can achieve this with relative ease?
A big rubbermaid tub ($10 at Wal-Mart) filled with water, and ice blocks changed out as needed. You can easily keep the water in the tub 10-20 degrees below air temp this way, as long as you remember to change the ice out.
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build an insulated box for your bucket/carboy that will also hold frozen jugs of water.
mine will keep carboy at 70 degrees with a 4 litre jug changed twice daily.
if i want colder for lagers i add more jugs.
today i have 1-10 litre and 3-1 litres and temp is 40.5 degrees for lagering
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Old 04-14-2006, 11:10 PM   #6
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If you're willing to spend $15, buy a "wardrobe" box from a moving company. They're double thickness cardboard and can hold a fermentor and jugs of ice.
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Old 05-21-2012, 03:19 PM   #7
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do you have a recipe for the Chocolate Oatmeal stout? I am not brewing all grain, yet. bobbrew52

 
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Old 05-21-2012, 04:05 PM   #8
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Hello,

It's starting to get rather warm here, which may cause me problems whilst fermenting. I don't have a basement, nor do I have air-conditioning (argh!) I really don't want my brew to reach above 70 degrees while I ferment, and also I would like to keep a steady temperature. Is there a way I can achieve this with relative ease? My house gets to about 80 degrees during the peak of summer
The easiest way to keep a steady temperature would be with some sort of fermentation chamber, like a small chest freezer, and a temperature controller. You should be able to get both for around $100. May not be the cheapest but would be the easiest.
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Old 05-21-2012, 05:41 PM   #9
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If you're willing to spend $15, buy a "wardrobe" box from a moving company. They're double thickness cardboard and can hold a fermentor and jugs of ice.
even with double thickness would you line it with styrofoam from Craft store?

My other thought is to use my Igloo Maxx cooler. I can stand a carboy up in it to about the shoulder of the carboy. Do you think i could get sufficient cooling if i made a styrofoam lids with a cutout to accommodate the top of the carboy? Would that expose too much surface area for adequate temp control? The advantage would be having the blow off tube outside the box.

Thoughts?

P.s.is it okay if my fermentor is in ambient light? Just not direct sunlight?

 
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Old 05-22-2012, 12:16 AM   #10
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after you put your fermenter into the tub - take off our t-shirt and slip it over the fermenter. Get it wet. Then blow a fan over the whole thing. You can drop 6 to 10 degrees f from the evaporation. No ice required. Better known as a swamp cooler....good luck, mike

 
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