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The process of adjusting or maintaining temperatures throughout fermentation.

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How do you cool a lager on a budget?

What techniques would you suggest for cooling a lager during the lagering phase? Further, how important is the stability of that temperature?
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Choosing a good refrigerator/freezer for kegerator conversion

Does anyone have experience and recommendations for a good fridge/freezer for conversion into a kegerator? I'm basically choosing between a full sized fridge, a mini-fridge and a chest freezer. I'll ...
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How long do I need to maintain my fermentation temperature?

Do I need to maintain my desired temperature until bottling or take it out of the "ferm chamber" after initial fermentation is done? What about with long term brews such as sours?
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Would placing the fermenter tank in a tub of water be a good way to handle hot environments?

Summers where I live typically have 80F nights and it can easily pick up to 95 degrees during the day. I have a plastic trash can (which I bought for this purpose) that I have filled up with water. ...
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Networked/Connected Thermometer for Measuring Water in Swamp Cooler

I was hoping to put together an information system that could measure the temperature of the water in a bucket where I place my fermenting-bucket and notify my smart phone when I need to replace the ...
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At what stage of the fermentation process is temperature control most important?

I've been using a fridge w/thermostat to control fermentation temperature for ~6 months now & have recently started dual-purposing the fridge for a keg as well. Since serving & fermentation ...
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What to look for in a temperature controller

I've decided to begin assembling the components for temperature control, as I am walking around telling new homebrewers that its the best thing one can do to improve quality, yet I myself don't have ...
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Can I put a secondary fermenter in room temperature without creating any off flavors?

I would like to have more brewing capacity, but I am limited by the amount of temperature controlled storage that I have. Do you only need temp control in the primary fermentation process? I'm ...
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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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Can forced air be used effectively to cool a second chamber from a keezer?

Would it be possible and effective, without causing undue stress to the keezer, to temperature control a second insulated chamber? I would like to be able to control fermentation temps and/or run ...
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Aquarium water heaters for Fermentation chamber

Looking for suggestions on brands of aquarium heaters to use in a fermentation chamber I've built. My set-up is a 60 qt Igloo cooler with a custom foam insulation top cut to allow for a 5 to 6.5 ...
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Can't get accurate temperature with johnson controls and freezer

I've just started fermenting my first lager with my recent new temperature control equipment, but am having some problems getting to the correct temperature. I have a chest freezer with a johnson ...
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How to monitor FV Temperature online

Is there a temperature monitor/device which I can attach to the fermentation vessel that will post temperature data back to a PC via Ethernet or wireless?
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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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How long should I keep a lambic at fermentation temperature?

Normally I ferment beer in my basement, which varies in temperature from 50-70 degrees, depending on the season. These temperature swings can be bad for fermentation, especially in winter. So when I ...
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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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Heating Methods

Just yesterday, I bought a chest freezer and digital Johnson temp controller, and am EXTREMELY psyched. I think I'm going to make a pre-prohibition pilsner/classic american pilsner as my first lager. ...
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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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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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2 Temperature Control Questions - difference in ambient temp; moisture control in chest freezer

I use a chest freezer with a Brewpad heating element stuck to the inside wall (for warmer fermentations/bottle conditioning), and a single-stage Johnson controller. Since getting this, I haven't used ...
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Which type of cooling system makes the best fermentation chamber?

There is already a general question about ways to control fermentation temperature. This question, however, is more specific - it pertains to active fermentation temperature control using ...
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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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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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How do I set up a Sestos D1S temperature controller?

I am trying to set up an Sestos D1S temperature controller. Initially, just to see if it works at all, I am trying to use it to control the temperature of my kettle. I've wired it all up correctly so ...
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Maintaining Lagering Temperatures

I've got a Pilsner in primary that I'm hoping to start lagering this weekend. I don't have a refrigerator that can accommodate the carboy, so I'm thinking about keeping it in a largish lidded foam ...
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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 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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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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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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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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Can a Johnson A419 control both a heater and cooler, or is a single-mode?

I just recieved a Johnson A419 digital temperature controller, but I think I was mistaken in my expectations. I was under the impression I could plug both a heater and cooler into the controller; ...
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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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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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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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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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What options exist for temperature control for electric HLT

Are there any low cost (less than $150) solutions to add temperature control to an electric HLT? My setup is a keg with a 5500W water heater element. I love how quickly it brings 15 gallons to ...
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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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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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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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Induction hot plates with precise temperature control (maintaintaining mash temperature)

I currently mash on a gas hob, turning the hob off when I reach my strike temperature, then insulating my pot the best I can with towels etc.. This is easy to mess up and sometimes I miss my target or ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Regulating Temperature of Cider Fermentation

I started a batch of Vimto turbo cider yesterday (22/01/23). It's currently very cold in the UK and I'm concerned the low temperature will negatively impact the brew. I've got the fermentation bin on ...
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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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