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Old 01-13-2009, 01:06 PM   #1
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I just can't get my apartment warm enough. I don't have anyone living below me, so the floors are freezing.. its about 7 degrees in Chicago right now.

I kept my heater on last month so my apartment would stay at about 65 during the day.. and my bill was $250. So now I turn it down before I leave for work and its probably in the 50's. Have a batch of Apfel Wein in the primary that is not doing anything because its too cold.

Sucks, but I'll have to wait.

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Old 01-13-2009, 01:08 PM   #2

Get yourself a Rubbermaid bin and an aquarium heater. A swamp cooler in reverse.

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Old 01-13-2009, 01:09 PM   #3
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Or a brew belt

or a small electric blanket / heating pad
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Old 01-13-2009, 01:10 PM   #4
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Or a brew belt

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Old 01-13-2009, 01:32 PM   #5
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Bump for the aquarium heater immersed in a cooler or rubbermaid . I left my house over Christmas for a week at 55F. My 3 gallons of fermenting port never strayed from +/- 3 degrees from 68 because of my fish heater.

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Old 01-13-2009, 01:34 PM   #6
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Wee keep our house heat low, and as a person who also does aquariums for a hobby, I can vouch that a $15 aquarium heater will do the trick.
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Old 01-13-2009, 01:42 PM   #7
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What area of Chicago? Could always brew with someone else and ferment at their place.
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Old 01-13-2009, 01:57 PM   #8
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or brew a lager.... there are sooooo many solutions. When I was in college our house was at 50 all winter and that never stopped us. I used a brew belt for ales.

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Old 01-13-2009, 01:59 PM   #9
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Yeah, I'd work it out. Get a cooler to fit the fermenter and add a cheap aquarium heater. Or buy a brew belt (heated fermenter wrap) for around $20. I'm actually thinking of doing this myself, because my available rooms all fluctuate between day/work/evening/night.

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Old 01-13-2009, 02:00 PM   #10
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I'll toss one in the hat for using an el-cheapo heating pad from CVS, etc. Tie that sumbitch to your carboy/bucket with a piece of string, and you should be able to get it up above 70f if you want. What's the ambient temp right now in your apartment? My brewhouse (slash basement laundry room) stays around 57f this time of year. Right now, I have my heating pad on high, tied around a fermenting batch of Cidre Saison, and the fermometer says 74. So that's a rise of 17 degrees, and cider isn't even one of those high-activity fermenters either. Just the other week I had an IIPA that unfortunately got above 80 at one point because of the combination of the heating pad and the heat generated by the aerobic activity of fermentation. Plus, this is much less space-consuming and less effort (and cheaper too) than the old "rubbermaid filled with water with aquarium heater" trick.
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