Originally Posted by JimiGibbs
Even with the AC on the temperatures sometimes reach 74° during the heat of the day.
This kinda cracked me up: we keep our thermostat at 77 or 78 in the summer. (Of course, when it's 100 outside, the AC runs a lot to keep the house at 78, so it's pretty comfortable.)
As cheesefood pointed out, the temp in the closet could be quite different than at the thermostat. And it almost certainly fluctuates less over the course of the day, unless it gets direct sunlight through a window or something.
You obviously keep the house pretty cool with the AC, so it probably wouldn't be hard to find a place where you could keep a bucket or carboy at 70 or less with a little ice and water bath or something.
No basement? That's what I use in the summer.