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Old 11-10-2008, 08:52 PM   #11
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Northern Brewer has those carboy heating pads - also as others have mentioned - look for a different yeast and brew different beers. My basement is at 61 right now but I have an Amber fermenting away at 66.

Remember that the beer will heat up a little once it gets going.

My strategy is to brew different styles . . . . . just like the old days of beer making LOL!
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Old 11-10-2008, 09:16 PM   #12
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Use the SF Lager yeast.

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Old 11-10-2008, 09:25 PM   #13
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Like others said use ale yeast that like cold temps, sf lager, east coast ale, etc; Or make lagers.. a swamp cooler should be able to drop the temps 10 degrees.
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Old 11-10-2008, 09:42 PM   #14
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Originally Posted by robklein View Post
nottingham seems like a good ale yeast at this temperature according to austin homebrew supply. would nottingham make for a good stout, brown ale, or esp?
hell yeah. it ferments dry and clean.
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Old 11-11-2008, 02:13 AM   #15
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I fermented my scotch ale WLP028 at ~55 and it came out good.

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Old 11-11-2008, 02:40 PM   #16
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There are plenty of strains of yeast that will ferment out at that temp

I have the opposite problem my basement is finished and the wood stove is there with heat vents in the ceiling going to the upper floor last night it was 84* and I was watching TV with a t-shirt and shorts.The rest of the house is in the 70's. I have to keep my beer either in a fridge or a swamp cooler . And in the summer the it's in the low 60's because of the central A/C ....
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Old 11-11-2008, 02:46 PM   #17
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Do a swamp cooler type thing and add an aquarium heater to the water and you'll be able to control the temps.

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Old 05-11-2010, 02:25 AM   #18
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Do a swamp cooler type thing and add an aquarium heater to the water and you'll be able to control the temps.
Now that is ingenious right there!

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Old 05-11-2010, 03:02 PM   #19
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Pacman ale yeast will do fine at 57
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Old 05-11-2010, 05:51 PM   #20
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I have a batch of pale ale fermenting in an identical basement situation with Nottingham at 58 degress right now. Burbling away slowly but steadily. If you want a higher ferment I use a reptile pad available at any Petco/pet shop. About $40 bucks. I wrap it loosely around the fermentation bucket and can get temp ranges between 62-72 depending on how tightly I wrap it.

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