thankyou all for your help. I will certainly continue to "try" other flavors and let you know what I find out.
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and from what I've seen, home brew is mostly dark beer.
Welcome to your new obsession.
If you want to use the dorm fridge to control your temps most folks use something like this: http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/johnson-controls-a419-digital-temp-controller.html
I have the Ranco 111000 (digital) and may use temp controllers for Johnson Controls (often analogue).
They are snap to use if you buy them prewired. If you are handy with a screw driver and not scarred off by electricity, they are cheaper as controller only and you wire them in yourself.
so keep my temp in the upper 60's?Look at the packet of yeast, what type is it?
Does it say to pitch and or ferment at a certain temp?
But, now knowing I have to keep the temp down to 50-55F, I will need to figure something out before I start it up.
Be aware that the 50-55F is only for fermenting lagers (ie. Pilsner, etc.). Ales (ie. Pale Ale, Blonde, etc.) only need to be held to the upper 60s