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The process of adjusting or maintaining temperatures throughout fermentation.

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Integrated thermometer compared to rod thermometer

I am considering to buy a 200 litre pot from stainless steel for brewing. Those with an integrated thermometer are significantly more expensive than those without and I was wondering if the integrated ...
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Suggested fermentation temperature for the beer kits

Suggested fermentation temperature on the beer kit is ambient temperature or its the temperature reading on fermentation bucket? Also i am not able to keep steady ambient temperature as our flat's ...
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Is the temperature range listed on the yeast manufacturers' websites ambient or fermenter?

The title pretty much says it. We know fermenter temperatures can be well above ambient, but which range are the yeast manufacturers referring to?
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What is the ideal temperature during carbonation with priming for an ale?

During sugar priming, how does the temperature influence? In my understanding, higher the temperature, faster the carbonation process. But can this somehow produce some off-flavors on the beer? Too ...
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Hot and cold temperature regulation

I'd like to start regulating the temperature of my beers and meads during fermentation, and have been looking at kits like the Mangrove Jack's Temperature Controller. However, judging by the ...
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Is there any real need for a heating element on an STC 1000 fridge setup ( for most/many setups)?

I am building a fermentation fridge based on an STC1000. Clearly if I had a heating side to it I would no doubt be better able to control the temperature; but I am not sure whether the heating element ...
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What is the purpose of multiple temperature probes in a brew-pi fermentation control setup?

I am building a fermentation fridge and for the controler I'm looking at brew-pi vs STC 1000. One of the advantages of the brew-pi is that it can handle multiple sensors. I don't understand the point ...
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Can I use BrewPi and Fermwrap without a chamber?

I've been looking into fermentation temperature control and came across BrewPi. Even though I live in Southern California, I'd like to be able to keep some brews at optimal temperature -- the house ...
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Controlling fermentation temperatures

I'm conscious this is the third question I've asked before I even get started on my first brew, but hey-ho; better to learn from the experience of others and get as close to "right" first time. I am ...
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Ceramic heating bulb for pets as fermentation chamber heater

Looking for people who have experience with ceramic heating bulbs - I know these are effective for maintaining primary fermentation temps but I am curious about higher temps. Can you use (or do you ...
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Why do I need a temperature controller if I have a freezer/refrigerator?

I have a chest freezer with a thermostat dial on the outside of the unit, so why do I need another temperature controller? What's wrong with taping and insulating a wired digital thermometer to the ...
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Idea for cooling fermentation with copper pipe

I had an idea for cycling chilled water through something like a small copper wort chiller during fermentation to keep the temperature down. I have no problem setting up the peltier, pump, and ...
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Converting a fridge for fermentation

I need some advice on setting up a stand up 30" refrigerator(freezer on top). I have looked at the different Electronic Temperature Controllers, but, can't seem to decide on what is the best one. If ...
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Not enough yeast for a 20 Litre batch?

Gday! :) So i have just purchased the coopers real ale malt concentrate as well as a kilo of light malt. I started with 2 litre's of boiled water in my fermentor (after sanitising it with no rinse ...
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Is there a temperature my boil should not exceed?

I'm new to brewing (as in, tomorrow is my first brew day, ever) and I'm using a Brewer's Best Amber Ale extract kit. The directions are very thorough and precise (at least for a newbie's standards) ...
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Temperature controller that can be accessed by a mobile?

I ferment my beer in a fridge located in my summer house. I've been using STC-1000 but one of it's drawbacks is that there is no logging of temperature. Is there any better thermostat that can control ...
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Chest freezer not working with Johnson analog control. Did I mess up or is the thing busted?

Just plugged a brand new chest freezer into a brand new Johnson analog set at 34 degrees (lagering). The chest freezer power lights lit up and I thought everything was fine. Checked the next day and ...
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Is anyone aware of a mini refrigerator model with a flat bottom for use as fermentation chamber?

Searching like crazy to find a mini refrigerator with a flat bottom. Any model will work, as I am new to this and only brewing 1 gallon batches. Ideally it would hold a 5gal carboy so that I do not ...
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Considerations for temperature control of a freezer?

I have brewed a few dozen batches of ale, but I'd like to brew a lager and am considering low-cost equipment to purchase. I see many using a chest freezer with a temperature control device (such as ...
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Safest way to heat an (enclosed) fermentation chamber

The topic of keeping a constant temperature inside a fridge fermentation chamber/keezer/kegerator appears to pop up regularly. Using a dual temperature control (in my case an STC-1000) there are ...
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Dynamics temperature measurement

We fight to keep the fermentation temperature controlled, usually constant, but the fermentation is an exothermic activity, so in one side we try to remove energy, and in the other (inside, mainly in ...
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Bottle conditioning / carbonation temperature

Yesterday i bottled my first brew. I put the bottles in a box in my room. There is a thermometer inside the box, it reads 25°C. I've read before that the it should be in 18°C - 24°C range. Will 25°C ...
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Fermentation Temperature

I have a quick question. I've been looking for an answer, but didn't find a clear answer. So, I'm making an IPA. Right now the air temperature in my closet where I keep the carboy is 67-68F. This is ...
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Is the air glug in a conical not causing oxidation?

This is likely a silly question to a lot of you but I'm trying to weigh the pros and cons, no matter how minor, of a conical before I make the jump. I'm maybe too paranoid about oxidation, but one of ...
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Second Fermentation In Water Bath

The room I use for fermenting is rather cold currently at around 8 degrees C, I had the idea to use a aquarium heater in a box of water to keep the temp around my bottles around 18 degrees, my ...
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how to control water temperature?

I need a method to maintain the temperature of the water specifically at 55 degree and 5 degree into two different containers to conduct a thermal cycling. I am keen to address the effect of ...
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my temperature is too high what can i do?

i have just added all the ingredients for my first coopers lager beer kit. I am aware that my temperature is too high at 32degreesc and the kit says to be from 21-27. will this ruin it? i heard it was ...
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Calibrating PID. Temperature probes PT100 not linear

I am working on my HERMS setup and have a few PIDS and temp sensors to work with. The problem is that the temp sensors show about 5 degrees celsius off when I first set it up. I Raised the water in my ...
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Temperature Control Issues

I'm testing out a brand new 200L system and found a couple of potentially disastrous but potentially easy-to-fix issues: 1) While mashing the temperature indicated on the thermometer which sits near ...
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Best position to install a bi-metal thermometer

Of course I'm asking about the height. How to calculate the best height to install a bi-metal thermometer like this: Dial Thermometer - MoreBeer ? Usually, we can see it installed in the middle of ...
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What is the proper way to maintain temperature in a water cooler Mash tun by adding hot water?

I bought the 10 gallon water cooler from Home Depot. The hole in it is about 3/4" diamater. After discovering that Home Depot, Lowes, Ace Hardware, and etc. did not sell all the components (hose barbs,...
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Temperature control during 1st phase fermentation

I am having some issues keeping the temperature controlled. I live in SE QLD and the daily ambient temperature has been 23 degrees C down to 11C. I've been advised not to let the wort drop below 18C ...
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BrewJacket - How does this Work and How can I replicate it?

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/433436998/brewjacket-immersion-lager-beer-without-a-refriger I've spent the last year determining how I can combat the hot temperatures to brew beer. I resort to ...
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Johnson A419 controls

I have a summit 570 kegerator which does not get cold enough. I bought the Johnson A419 - saw reviews everyone swears by it. I hooked it up, set at 32°F, the display reads 43°F and does not ...
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How to Properly Increase the Temperature of a Batch after Primary Fermentation

I've read tidbits how that after the first 3 days of fermentation, you would ideally raise the temperature of the carboy for the remainder of the brew. How, exactly, does one do this? Say the Wyeast ...
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Is there a Material Difference between Fermwraps and Non-Branded fermwraps?

Here is a "Carboy Heater" from Adventures in Homebrewing. Here is an "Electric Fermentation Heater" from Northern Brewer. I just learned yesterday that "Fermwrap" is a product from MoreBeer. Looking ...
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At what point on a Yeast's Optimal Temperature Range should the power to a Fermwrap be turned off?

I finally hooked a PowerSwitch Tail II up to my Raspberry Pi and Fermwrap. The RPi has DS18B20 temperature probes directly measuring the temperature of the wort by going down through the airlock. For ...
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How to Use a Johnson Digital Temperature Controller with a Fermwrap - General Questions

This is my first temperature controller and first use of a Fermwrap. I understand that the Johnson A419 Temperature Controller can only do hot or cold at one time. Which mode does it default to when ...
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How to Use a Johnson Temperature Controller in Combination with a Ferawrap - Probe conflict with Raspberry PI

I received the Johnson A419 Digital Temperature Controller and will be getting a Fermwrap today in the mail (and I will be brewing tonight hopefully). I noticed that the Johnson model comes with a ...
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Maintaining a constant room temperature

There's a lot of discussion about maintaining the correct temperature of fermentation vessels, but pretty much all of the stuff I read assumes people are either in the desert or the arctic! Being in ...
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Kegged Beer Not Staying Carbonated

This summer I kegged a pale ale for the first time. For about the first week or so the carbonation level on the beer was great but then the beer started to get flat (still tasted good, just no bubbles)...
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What is the Best Water Heater and Pump to Use in my Plastic Swamp Cooler (for my Requirements)?

I am a swamp cooler guy, and this is my first winter brewing; therefore, I will need some water heaters and water pumps. Here are my requirements: I have plastic swamp coolers -- no burning plastic ...
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Knocking out the barrier between fridge and freezer?

I have a fridge freezer combo that I am going to convert to a serving fridge. I have done this with an old fridge before but decided to upgrade when I moved because it was really old and crapping out. ...
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Why Does a Heater in a Swamp Cooler Require a Pump to Distribute the Heated Liquid?

I am facing my first winter of brewing with a swamp cooler. I need to acquire a few aquarium heaters (incidentally, please let me know if you know a good brand) and drop them in my swamp cooler to ...
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Does temperature during bottle conditioning effect the flavour?

I made a Weis beer and my primary fermentation temp was 19C. After 2 weeks I mixed priming sugar into my beer and bottled it. I then conditioned the bottles for a week at 21C. I know when in primary ...
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Heating pad for fermentation

Is there any concern with warming up a fermentation by placing the bucket/carboy on an electric heating pad? Will it kill the yeast that settles on the bottom?
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What is the best way to measure temperature in a swamp cooler?

I am thinking about setting up a bucket-o-water/t-shirt swamp cooler for my primary fermenter. The ambient temperature is about 82degF and I would like to ferment an American Ale around 74degF. I have ...
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Is a yeast-starter without temperature control worse than no yeast-starter at all?

EDIT: Crap, it appears I mislead myself. Northern Brewer includes a temperature range of the particular Wyeast you are using, and I assumed this temperature range factored out off-flavors. I read on ...
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Fridge recommendations for fermenting

I am looking to pick up a fridge for controlling temps. Are there any particulars I should know about when buying a fridge or is any old fridge good to go? I am also thinking of buying a chest freezer ...
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Johnson A419 BLE/WiFi Modification

I'm a software engineer who just bought a Johnson A419. I have a Nest thermostat. Naturally, if I can control and monitor my house temps with my iDevices, why not my fermentation? I'd like to hack ...