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Old 01-05-2009, 06:29 AM   #1
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Im new to brewing and live I Texas. I dont have an extra fridge, im fermenting in my room. I brewing several types of ales and the coldest it gets in my house is around 71 72.... is this fine.

 
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Old 01-05-2009, 06:58 AM   #2
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What type of yeast?
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Old 01-05-2009, 07:44 AM   #3
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I brewing several types of ales and the coldest it gets in my house is around 71 72.... is this fine.
Just get yourself a big cooler and put your fermenter in it. Fill with water and exchange frozen plastic bottles as necessary. This is Yooper's rig, with custom foam lid:

I use a round cooler and buckets:

The cooler can also double as a mash/lauter tun!
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Old 01-05-2009, 07:54 AM   #4
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It does depend somewhat on the yeast used - I mostly use dry yeasts like US-05 and Nottingham, and I found that my ales taste better if fermented at 65 or even a little less. It does make a difference in the final product, and IMO worth a little effort rigging up a system like 944play suggested. Even a simple water bath, wet T-shirt over the fermenter and a fan will help.
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Old 01-05-2009, 07:06 PM   #5
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thanks alot, im going to buy a cooler today. The 2 most recent yeast i used were activator 1007 german ale and white labs saison ale yeast. I have also used dry yeast in the past... what effects should this have on these

 
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Old 01-05-2009, 07:12 PM   #6
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You could not have picked two more opposite ale yeasts. German Ale likes cold, like 60, Saison you can ratchet up to the 80s!
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Old 01-05-2009, 07:17 PM   #7
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It's weired talking about cool temp control this time of year...we spent all summer posting out ghetto swamp coolers. Now a lot of us are talking about raising out temps with aquarium heaters...

In summer, I could keep mine in the low 60's with the icebath/t-shirt and fan (if needed) And can fit two 5 gallon fermenters, 6- 3 gallon betterbottles, or 1-5gallon carboy, 1-3 gallon better bottle, and 1-3 gallon water bottle, or 1- 5 6allon and 1-Mr Beer fermenter, in my rubbermade tote...and it holds the temp fine.



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Old 01-05-2009, 08:34 PM   #8
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dude i to live in Texas and cool temps are a thing of my worries too.
the wet t-shirt technique has brought things lower if i choose to use my bathtub.
ex: as we saw earlier


i also built this bad boy and it keeps my temps around 60-65 in the hot summer months. Not to mention if you like to build stuff it was kinda fun to put together
http://home.elp.rr.com/brewbeer/chiller/chiller.PDF

it appears the link to the SON OF FERMENTATION CHILLER is dead. maybe someone else has a working link.

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