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Tips for brewing at high temperatures

I advise looking at HotHead from Omega Labs: http://www.omegayeast.com/portfolio/14158-2/ Flocculation: Medium-High Attenuation: 75-85% Temperature Range: 62-98° F (16-37° C) Alcohol Tolerance: 11%...
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Is a counter flow chiller good for cooling wort?

This is a type of counter flow chiller. The manufacturer should have some specs on it. Mainly what the heat exchange efficiency is at specific GPMs. For example 100% eff at 1gpm wort and 1gpm ...
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Affordable cooling solutions

Son of a Fermentation Chiller Look up "son of a fermentation chiller". This is a two-chamber box made out of styrofoam insulation. It has a temperature controller and a fan. You load one chamber up ...
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Where should I take the temperature while cooling wort?

It would help in a couple ways if you gently stirred the wort with a sanitized spoon as it cools. First, it will make it cool faster. Second, you'll get homogenous wort so you'll get an accurate ...
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Tips for brewing at high temperatures

I don't live in a tropical climate, but summers here get quite hot (chicago IL) during the summer I use a Large rubbermade Tote, and fill it with water and put my fermentation buckets into it. it ...
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Good options for cooling during fermentation?

There are a lot of products that are available. Most are a heatsink or piezo electric coolers, claiming to cool 30° below ambient. Really depends on your fermenter type carboy, bucket etc. It's worth ...
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Foam is gone after fridging, Should not I fridge?

If your beer really is stale, that would mean that you have a problem with the caps on your bottles because of the low temperature, and that somehow your CO2 escapes and oxygen enters. However, at ...
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Foam is gone after fridging, Should not I fridge?

I doubt this is a case of "stale beer" - I suppose it is just not very carbonated for service at a cold temperature. The metal cap of a beer bottle tends to shrink faster than the glass so the cap ...
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Affordable cooling solutions

Most often than not, from the "overall temperature", beer quality depends on the temperature over the first 1-2 days of fermentation. Make sure you cool your wort well after boiling, and pitch the ...
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Is an ice bath sufficient to quickly cool a small batch of wort?

Because you are brewing a small batch, I think that an ice bath will be quite sufficient, however you muct add more ice at regular intervals. I also suggest adding salt to your ice so that the melting ...
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Is an ice bath sufficient to quickly cool a small batch of wort?

I have done this with a 10 liter (2.5 gal) stock pot in my kitchen sink when I started brewing, also batches from 1 to 1.5 gallon. I did two things. In the first step I cooled by letting water flow ...
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Good options for cooling during fermentation?

You can put a wet tshirt or towel over your fermenter and have the evaporation cool the fermenter. Like with the ice water bucket, you'll have to check back on it every once in a while and change the ...
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Cooling wort - just add water?

I use two of the above methods. I purchase two gallons of purified water and put them in the freezer. I get them slushy and add them to my wort while it sits in a sink of cold water with two bags of ...
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How do you cool wort?

Passive Cooling: I seal up the wort and leave it overnight in a room tempurature area or outside, whatever. If the area is too cold, I check the wort starting at about 6 hours, so it doesnt get too ...
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Good options for cooling during fermentation?

I place the fermentation vessel in a room that naturally has lower temperature than I desire for fermentation. Then I place a small heater inside the room and control power to the heater with a ...
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Good options for cooling during fermentation?

I use the brew bag here. I throw a couple of 12oz frozen water bottles in there, and it drops the temp from room temp about 4-5 degrees. I switch them out 1-2 times a day. In my case, since I'm only ...
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Fast cooling processs for beer dispensing

If you have or can arrange an abundant supply of ice, this old-style (and low-tech) soda fountain solution may work for you: http://www.sodadispenserdepot.com/how-it-works/ Scroll down till you see ...
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Beer gushing at day 5 of bottling: Bottle bombs?

Never had bottle bombs, but what I would do is the following: refrigerate all bottles, and carefully open and re-cap each one. You release the extra pressure, when opening the bottle and will stop ...
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Foam is gone after fridging, Should not I fridge?

I am with barking.pete and chthon on this but would go even further in assuming that something with the carbonation process itself is off. In my (for obvious reasons limited) experience of opening ...
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Is an ice bath sufficient to quickly cool a small batch of wort?

I do this with some of my five gallon batches. I have a rather big deep sink. I buy a couple of bags of ice and put the whole pot in there and fill with ice and water. It cools down quickly enough. ...
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Cooling wort in ice bath and transferred wort temp

This seems to defy the laws of physics. When cooling with an ice bath, be sure to stir the wort when you think it is at the right temperature, and then measure again. Do not just take measurements at ...
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Affordable cooling solutions

I purchased an old secondhand chest freezer for around $50 (NZ) and then got an STC-1000 temperature controller off AliExpress. I already had a thermal heating pad, so I wired that to the "heat" side ...
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Affordable cooling solutions

I use a large rubbermaid tote, big enough to put a 6 gal bucket into, fill with water, and leave in a quiet corner. with or with out frozen water bottles. with out frozen water bottles, keeps ...
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Affordable cooling solutions

I use a salt water aquarium chiller in a water bath that I added glycerol and salt to, it works great at the 5 gallon scale. It is essentially a heat pump connected to a chiller probe. The probe is ...
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Tips for brewing at high temperatures

Kveik yeast are also being recommended : Which are the good yeasts and beer styles for fermenting at higher temperatures? It can get as hot as 40º C
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Good options for cooling during fermentation?

Brewpi and an old fridge that someone has given up on and has set on the side of the road waiting for trash pick up. Hack the fridge with brewpi like components and control your fermentation remotely.
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Counterflow Chiller Setup for Optimal Efficiency and Chilling Speed

25 min is not too bad, you can reduce flow rate, to increase transfer time but this adds time to your brew day. Or you can use colder water if you get your counter-flow water down to 40F then you will ...
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Where should I take the temperature while cooling wort?

There is one correct place: The same place that you used last time. :) The critical part is that you take a reading at the same place as this will give you consistency in your process. There is one "...
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Temperature Control Issues

I think stirring is required even if you are running a watery mash with recirculation; you have to at least break up the clumps of dry grain before you can pump it. Heat doesn't seem to move easily ...
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