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Redweasel

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Having a real hard time getting my fermenter temps down. I have VERY limited space and fermentation temps are averaging about 75 F. Any ideas getting these temps down would be much appreciated. If I could figure out how to post a pic showing the space I have I would but I'm not having much luck.
 

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Take a plastic tub, fill it with a couple inches of cool water, place your carboy in it, then drape a shirt over your carboy. The evaporative cooling of the water from the shirt will cool the carboy 8-10˚F.

If you don't have a tub, or the space, you can do what I do, which is wrap the carboy with a towel and spray the towel periodically with water from a spray-bottle. This requires a bit more maintenance, and cools less effectively than the T-shirt method (only 4-6˚F).
 
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Dont know if I have room for even a small tub of water but I will try a wet towel.
 
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Ok figured it out here is a pic of my situation.

Now take into consideration that there is usualy another carboy on there.
 

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get a big flat pan, like the ones people use to stroe stuff under the bed put in an inch of water and some frozen ice bottles. the t shirt will be an added bonus.
 

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i did exactly what donasay suggested, room for a secondary and fermenter, the ice bottle thing is a good idea, i was using cubes...

hard to tell exactly what temp the beer is now at but I do know that the air temp is consistantly at 73-77*F.

I'm taking a hydrom. reading tonight so i'll let you know. I've got cold water and a dark towl...have to make sure the light stays away.
 

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it appears as though the towl and bucket method has dropped the temp of my beer from the room 75* down to about 65*F.

great suggestion kristofo.
 

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Redweasel said:
Ok figured it out here is a pic of my situation.

Now take into consideration that there is usualy another carboy on there.
COVER THAT CARBOY PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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I have mine sitting in a cooler filled with water and periodically add ice to adjust the temp. Right now the stick on thermo is reading 62F while ambient is 75F.
 
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