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What ferments well in 75*ish temps?
  • C_BC_B
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    My basement is sitting around 75*. I need to build a ferm chamber at some point and right now I'm looking for a cheap mini fridge to do a cheap an' easy ferm chamber.

    But this got me thinking. What did they do 100 years ago? 1000 years ago? Back when Kenny was a boy? Brewed according to their environment. (And access to caves...)

    What CAN I ferment that warm? From what I've read on this forum, saison's like warmer temps. Even starting in the low 70's and then letting it ramp to whatever. As high as 90?

    Bottom line is this... What can I put in a bucket at an ambient of 75* and just let it go?
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  • jeepinjeepinjeepinjeepin
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    Belgian IPA? You might have to actually add heat to a Saison or maybe just insulate it at 75F.
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  • jlwjlw
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    So when your fermenting wht are your temp readings? I might be wrong but I don't think a ferm temp of 75 degrees for most ales is going to cause problems.

    If you want a cheap ferm chamber go to Walmart and buy a large Rubbermaid container basically a big storage box. Out bucket in the storage box and add water about 3/4 of the way up the bucket. Then add frozen water bottles or milk jugs (I said jugs). You'll need to replace the frozen bottles twice a day. I used this setup for many beers until ingot my chest freezer last summer.
  • frydogbrewsfrydogbrews
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    My basement runs around there also because only about 20% of it is actually uderground. Everything i ferment with s-05 comes out fine. Not as good as when fermented at 60 or so, but still delicious. give it an week or two in primary to clean up all the funky esters and junk from the warmer than normal and ferment and you'll be fine.
  • ceanntceannt
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    Yeah ... S-05 does pretty good.
    like fry said ... an extra week or two in primary, rousing the yeast every other day ... and all is well
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  • ceanntceannt
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    I have even made some relatively clean brews at higher temps with S-04 ... just let it clean up
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  • Evan_BEvan_B
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    Saison yeast excels at the higher temps, and so do other Belgian strains like jeepin said.
    With the warm weather it might be a good opportunity to try out some Saison recipes.
    Amigo, lay them raises down.
  • ThymThym
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    What temp is the root cellar?

    Hefewiezens can ferment at 75. They will be a little more estery, but hefes and wits are fine at these temps.
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  • jlwjlw
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    Lakewood said:

    What temp is the root cellar?

    Hefewiezens can ferment at 75. They will be a little more estery, but hefes and wits are fine at these temps.



    Yes, I was also thinking of hefe's.
  • C_BC_B
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    Ambient temp is 75. I would expect beer temp at 80 plus?
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  • jlwjlw
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    C_B said:

    Ambient temp is 75. I would expect beer temp at 80 plus?



    That's going to depend on how your fermentation is which will vary based on yeast strain, how well oxygenated, etc.

    I would expect your fermentation temp to be hotter than ambient by what degree is up for debate. It could be anywhere from a degree or two up to maybe five degrees.

    I really think your simplest and quickest solution is a swamp cooler.
  • C_BC_B
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    Swamp coolers take regular attendance. I'm not real good about that. So let's talk about saisons... Or maybe a Belgian. Or maybe I'll try a swamp cooler when I'm off around July 4th.
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  • jlwjlw
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    C_B said:

    Swamp coolers take regular attendance. I'm not real good about that. So let's talk about saisons... Or maybe a Belgian. Or maybe I'll try a swamp cooler when I'm off around July 4th.



    Well saisons you can let run free on fermentation temps. 90 degrees is no problem. I'm fact I believe the funky taste if saison is more pronounced at higher ferm temps. My last one I held at 90 plus for a couple of weeks.
  • FuzzyFuzzy
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    C_B said:

    Swamp coolers take regular attendance. I'm not real good about that. So let's talk about saisons... Or maybe a Belgian. Or maybe I'll try a swamp cooler when I'm off around July 4th.



    put the fermenter in a bucket with a t-shirt over the fermenter. fill enough water to get and inch or three of the shirt wet and point a fan at the thing.

    "Oh, you were serious? I was drunk."-C_B
  • FuzzyFuzzy
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    i did that for a while before i had a ferm chamber. i'll probably do it again now that the chamber is used for cheeses again. works well.
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  • C_BC_B
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    C_B said:

    Swamp coolers take regular attendance. I'm not real good about that. So let's talk about saisons... Or maybe a Belgian. Or maybe I'll try a swamp cooler when I'm off around July 4th.



    put the fermenter in a bucket with a t-shirt over the fermenter. fill enough water to get and inch or three of the shirt wet and point a fan at the thing.


    Now this is an approach that is just hands off enough to work.
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  • C_BC_B
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    jlw said:

    C_B said:

    Swamp coolers take regular attendance. I'm not real good about that. So let's talk about saisons... Or maybe a Belgian. Or maybe I'll try a swamp cooler when I'm off around July 4th.



    Well saisons you can let run free on fermentation temps. 90 degrees is no problem. I'm fact I believe the funky taste if saison is more pronounced at higher ferm temps. My last one I held at 90 plus for a couple of weeks.


    Ima try a saison.
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  • jlwjlw
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    C_B said:

    jlw said:

    C_B said:

    Swamp coolers take regular attendance. I'm not real good about that. So let's talk about saisons... Or maybe a Belgian. Or maybe I'll try a swamp cooler when I'm off around July 4th.



    Well saisons you can let run free on fermentation temps. 90 degrees is no problem. I'm fact I believe the funky taste if saison is more pronounced at higher ferm temps. My last one I held at 90 plus for a couple of weeks.


    Ima try a saison.


    There are some really good ones on this site. Start a build thread. You might want to get a few commercial beers to what you like.
  • JerryJerry
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    C_B said:

    Swamp coolers take regular attendance. I'm not real good about that. So let's talk about saisons... Or maybe a Belgian. Or maybe I'll try a swamp cooler when I'm off around July 4th.


    This is not true. Get feed tub at Agway that's about twice the dia. of the carboy, place carboy in center, cover carboy with a beach towel with enough extra marital to wick up water, fill with water, done. If it's really really dry you might need to refill it once. It will likely get moldy and nasty so dump a cup of bleach in the water (or sanstar if your fancy pants). Oh and ad a fan for better results.
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  • jeepinjeepinjeepinjeepin
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    C_B said:

    Swamp coolers take regular attendance. I'm not real good about that. So let's talk about saisons... Or maybe a Belgian. Or maybe I'll try a swamp cooler when I'm off around July 4th.


    This is not true. Get feed tub at Agway that's about twice the dia. of the carboy, place carboy in center, cover carboy with a beach towel with enough extra marital to wick up water, fill with water, done. If it's really really dry you might need to refill it once. It will likely get moldy and nasty so dump a cup of bleach in the water (or sanstar if your fancy pants). Oh and ad a fan for better results.


    Yup. I used a 20 gallon Rubbermaid tub for a while. Without some bleach or starsan it will get nasty. The plus side is the blowoffs are easily contained.
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  • ThymThym
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    C_B said:

    Swamp coolers take regular attendance. I'm not real good about that. So let's talk about saisons... Or maybe a Belgian. Or maybe I'll try a swamp cooler when I'm off around July 4th.


    This is not true. Get feed tub at Agway that's about twice the dia. of the carboy, place carboy in center, cover carboy with a beach towel with enough extra marital to wick up water, fill with water, done. If it's really really dry you might need to refill it once. It will likely get moldy and nasty so dump a cup of bleach in the water (or sanstar if your fancy pants). Oh and ad a fan for better results.


    Yup. I used a 20 gallon Rubbermaid tub for a while. Without some bleach or starsan it will get nasty. The plus side is the blowoffs are easily contained.


    I started out doing this. The outside of the fermenter gets a little slimey, but whatever.

    At some point I decided to create a raised platform to set the fermenter on so I didn't have to remove it to transfer (it would float otherwise) and I used a small pump to bring water up to the towel and then it could drip back down into the bucket.

    The pump thing worked better than just wicking. A lot.
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  • C_BC_B
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    Somehow this turned into HOW to ferment in 75* ambient temps not WHAT to ferment... Cool.
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  • ThymThym
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    C_B said:

    Somehow this turned into HOW to ferment in 75* ambient temps not WHAT to ferment... Cool.



    Thr conversation goes where it pleases.

    But really I think the "what" has been covered.
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  • ceanntceannt
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    yeah... what lake said....

    I will summarize....
    Anything you pretty much want to (exept for a few styles that should really ferment on the cool side), as long as you do it right...
    or
    styles that are supposed to be fermented hot...

    any more questions?
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  • ceanntceannt
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    ;)
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    In beer there is freedom.
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  • jlwjlw
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    Lakewood said:

    C_B said:

    Somehow this turned into HOW to ferment in 75* ambient temps not WHAT to ferment... Cool.



    Thr conversation goes where it pleases.

    But really I think the "what" has been covered.


    In fact this isn't even your thread anymore. HA!