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Post  r@fink on Tue Jan 11, 2011 4:01 pm

A closet in my basement stays 62 to 65 year around. Since I don't brew lagers, it works out nicely.
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Post  randi philleo on Tue Jan 11, 2011 3:58 pm

Very innovative!

I've got a small lagerator at home, so I don't need anything for cooling, but I was debating something for warming. Sometimes to belgian yeasts really enjoy a heat boost. I was contemplating building a fermentation box, but I just don't know if I need it all that often.

Has anyone tried the Fermwrap Heaters?

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Post  ryanjilek on Tue Jan 11, 2011 2:53 pm

I picked up one of these this fall for my beers. Fermentation Heater I run it into my thermostatic temp control I built using a Ranco temperature control. It works very good and I'm able to dial it to whatever temp I want. The other nice thing about the Ranco controller is that it works great for heating or cooling so if I want to use it on a refrigerator for fermenting lagers, it does that job nicely as well.

I first tried to go the heating pad route but all the new versions I found have a built in automatic shutoff and I didn't want to keep pushing the button every couple of hours! Wink
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Post  Jon on Tue Jan 11, 2011 1:04 pm

I ferment ales in my basement brewery during the winter where it stays 60F to 65F, mead in the basement during the summer when the basement is 65F to 70F and lagers in my keg cooler where I can set the temperature anywhere between 30F and ambient basement temperature.
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Post  dkwandt on Tue Jan 11, 2011 12:13 pm

i have been using my bath tub to maintain ale temps. the water maintains temp better and takes way big swings. easy to keep temps 66-68. for the higher temps i use an interior closet with a heater, heater has a temp gauge, but using a temp controler taped to your carboy to turn heater on and of is more acurate. start lagers under stairs, then bumb space from friends (like the mashers) to get down to 34-35. the tub works really well for me. hope it helps
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Post  randi philleo on Tue Jan 11, 2011 11:06 am

Just curious, how do you control you fermentation temperature? Is it by placement of your fermenter in your home? Do you have a Fermentation Chamber/Box/Freezer? Or a carboy/bucket belt? Do you use the old heating pad trick?


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