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Two days from my first bottling day...much thanks for all the help


And...I can't understand 1/10th of the lingo used in this thread






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Zappas Stache
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That seems like an easy way to sour your beer. No?


These days I put the kettle full of wort in the spare fridge. But I used to leave it out at room temp....which in the summer in my brew kitchen is 85-90. Never had a problem. Any nasties that grow over night are boiled out.






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How important is temperature control for fermentation after a beer has been fermenting for over a week?

I have a chamber, but it can only hold one fermenter at a time and I want to brew on Saturday. Would it be OK to just put the fermenter at room temp (about 72 degrees) for the last week. I usually like to let mine ferment for at least two weeks and preferably three weeks.






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How important is temperature control for fermentation after a beer has been fermenting for over a week?

I have a chamber, but it can only hold one fermenter at a time and I want to brew on Saturday. Would it be OK to just put the fermenter at room temp (about 72 degrees) for the last week. I usually like to let mine ferment for at least two weeks and preferably three weeks.



IMO, after the first couple of days of violent fermentation temp control doesnt really matter too much anymore. So you should be fine.






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s14suspense
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IMO, after the first couple of days of violent fermentation temp control doesnt really matter too much anymore. So you should be fine.


agreed..

Although my "room temp" has been about 63 here recently. Great for my beers.






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LoneStarTiger
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can any of you recommend a temp control for a fermentation freezer/fridge?

also, any of you that have used a freezer or fridge with a temp control for fermentation, have you had/heard of any issues with the compressor or anything else wearing out?






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RedHawk
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IMO, after the first couple of days of violent fermentation temp control doesnt really matter too much anymore. So you should be fine.


Thanks. BTW a 5 cubic foot chest freezer can only hold one fermenter. A 7 cubic foot chest freezer can hold two. I found a cheap 5 cubic foot one for $50 on craigslist and it works great, but like I said can only one fermenter.






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s14suspense
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can any of you recommend a temp control for a fermentation freezer/fridge?


LINK






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LoneStarTiger
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thanks







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LINK


Yes, get that one. I have that one and I also have this one. The digital one is worth the few bucks more. The analog one has a metal wire coming from the probe that is a pain and always seems to get caught on things and the digital one has programming options other than temperature set point.






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RedHawk
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also, any of you that have used a freezer or fridge with a temp control for fermentation, have you had/heard of any issues with the compressor or anything else wearing out?


I haven't had a problem in two plus years, but get the controller that s14 linked as you can set it to not come on as much, which will add time to your compressor's life. I set mine to never come on within 12 minutes of shutting off.






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LSUAlum2001
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I have a Mr Beer kit that has a big booster bag; basically corn syrup solids.

When do I add it during the process?






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best time would be during the boil, almost at the end. I would avoid that, it will dry the beer out too much in my opinion.





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LSUAlum2001
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Aight. I added it at the end of the boil but one small piece would not mix. It's hanging out on the bottom of my 2 gal jug.

I'm sure it'll slowly mix in over time.






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Also: how easy would it be to drill glass and add a spigot for ease of bottling?

I'll add it about a 1/2" off the bottom..






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Also: how easy would it be to drill glass and add a spigot for ease of bottling?

I'll add it about a 1/2" off the bottom..


buy a $3 bucket from Home Depot and a $3 valve from a brewer's supply place and make a bottling bucket



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s14suspense
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Also: how easy would it be to drill glass and add a spigot for ease of bottling?


I don't think that's really possible at all.






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how easy would it be to drill glass and add a spigot for ease of bottling?


Not real easy. I worked at a glass company for 12 years. You're going to need a special drill, special bit, coolant, and some luck.






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LSUAlum2001
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My brother in law worked for Louisiana Glass for 16 years. He just left the company last month to start his own co.

I'm sure he can help me out..






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Well there you go.





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