Keeping the Fermenter warm enough...

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Keeping the Fermenter warm enough...

Postby Second Home on Mon Jan 11, 2016 11:32 am

Usually we put our carboys in a chest freezer with temp control to keep from the fermentation temps getting to high. Lately it's been so cold that we are having the reverse problem and I wanted to see what everyone else is doing to keep your beer from getting to cold during fermentation.
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Re: Keeping the Fermenter warm enough...

Postby SamIam on Mon Jan 11, 2016 11:51 am

When I was fermenting in a chamber I would just use a 60w light bulb during the winter months.
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Re: Keeping the Fermenter warm enough...

Postby indianajns on Mon Jan 11, 2016 11:58 am

I built a BrewPi which connects to a small portale space heater. Rarely does it ever kick on heat. However, my past 2 beers have needed the heat multiple times during the latter stages of fermentation to maintain my target temp.
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Re: Keeping the Fermenter warm enough...

Postby JonW on Mon Jan 11, 2016 12:04 pm

Reptile heaters work good too. There are ceramic ones that are shaped like a flood light that can go into a standard light socket and there are panel and pad ones that can mount on the wall or wrap your vessel.
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Re: Keeping the Fermenter warm enough...

Postby Second Home on Mon Jan 11, 2016 12:23 pm

AWESOME!!! :cheers:
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Re: Keeping the Fermenter warm enough...

Postby DrDually on Mon Jan 11, 2016 3:13 pm

Found same issue last winter with cold weather
Decided to purchase a new 1 gallon paint can at store
Added a ceramic light socket to inside of lid and made about 2 dozen 1/2" holes on sides of can
Plugged light into temp controller and set to heat cycle
Since sankes are used for fermentation, light was not an issue
If you are using glass or plastic, the paint can route will significantly reduce any light that may shine on your liquid gold
Be advised the 100 watt light does create heat and can melt sides of refrigerator
2-3 sheets of aluminum foil layered and taped to sides will prevent this from happening
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Re: Keeping the Fermenter warm enough...

Postby bwarbiany on Mon Jan 11, 2016 5:42 pm

SamIam wrote:When I was fermenting in a chamber I would just use a 60w light bulb during the winter months.


Bearing in mind that as I don't know what OP is fermenting in, you absolutely *DON'T* want to do this unless you're fermenting in an opaque material. Light skunks beer, so if you're fermenting in glass or a Better Bottle, I wouldn't do this. Even if you're in a translucent bucket, it might be iffy.

Since I ferment in a SS keg, I actually do the same thing.

If you're in something that will let light through, look into an aquarium-style heater "bulb" for reptile owners. It's a ceramic heater that goes into a standard light socket, but only produces heat, not light. Like this:

http://www.amazon.com/Floureon-Ceramic- ... 00RMYKUDO/
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Re: Keeping the Fermenter warm enough...

Postby Justin H on Mon Jan 11, 2016 6:29 pm

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Re: Keeping the Fermenter warm enough...

Postby lexuschris on Tue Jan 12, 2016 12:27 am

I just use an electric blanket. I kinda of wrap it around the carboy or bucket loosely.

Before I had a temp controller, I just set it to a low setting and checked it every morning & evening. Now that I have a controller, it only turns on the blanket when it drops toward the lower end of the ale temps.

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p.s. and to think that the rest of country has to deal with really cold temps a lot longer than we do!
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