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I think it's fine.  The temperature just varies from 58 to 64F, which I don't think will affect the beer at all.  The beer itself is likely to be somewhere in the temperature range plus a few degrees during active fermentation, I reckon.  I guess I'm not too worried about it.  We'll see how my first couple beers turn out.  Thanks for you input though, man.

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I'm not sure why I get the temp swings.  I guess that's why I'm asking.  Some have said it's better to put the probe in a jar of water and some say it's better to wrap in bubble wrap and dangle in the air, blah blah blah.  Just seein' what works for y'all.  
I just got my freezer yesterday and all set up, so I'm very new to this stuff.  Before I had a nice cool basement to ferment in that stayed around 60F or so all the time, so I didn't have to worry about this stuff.

The aSD is the cycle time, I think.  

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Good to know.  I pitched US-05 last night at 68F as I couldn't chill it down to fermentation temp (around 64F) with my tap water.  So, I had to let it fall down to pitching temp, which I wasn't a fan of doing.  Hoping it's okay, guess it's gonna be a learning experience.  But this morning this was still no activity.  Did notice the temperature change was sucking some of the sanitizer solution from the airlock into the fermenter though.  Argh.

Are you saying you pitched at 68F and then let it fall to 64F?  If that's the case, you're fine as long as you can keep the temp from ramping back up (which active fermentation will cause to happen).

And on the airlock thing, that's exactly the reason you put sanitizer in the airlock.  No harm done.

I figured as much.  Thanks for your input.  I'm not used to NOT being able to chill the wort down to fermentation temps or lower.  So this is kind of a first.  My fermentation chamber is ranging from 58F or so to about 64F.  So I don't think it'll be too much of an issue.  
For those of you with Johnson controllers, what are your settings?  Mine are:
SP = 64F
diF = 2
aSD = 10

The others are zero, I think.  I seem to have about a 7 or 8 degree temp swing.

EDIT: I guess I should mention that this is my first beer with a the chest freezer and Johnson Controller.  The temperature probe is dangling in the air.

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Good to know.  I pitched US-05 last night at 68F as I couldn't chill it down to fermentation temp (around 64F) with my tap water.  So, I had to let it fall down to pitching temp, which I wasn't a fan of doing.  Hoping it's okay, guess it's gonna be a learning experience.  But this morning this was still no activity.  Did notice the temperature change was sucking some of the sanitizer solution from the airlock into the fermenter though.  Argh.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Goodbye stove... Hello Blichmann!
« on: August 22, 2011, 08:05:08 AM »
Funny, I just moved my brewing back into the kitchen.  I love it!  Simple, clean, don't have to worry about stuff and bugs from outside getting into the kettle.  Of course, I downsized to 3 gallon batches from 5 gallon batches, so that helps.

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The Pub / Re: Got Wood?
« on: August 18, 2011, 11:07:48 AM »
Ah, I wish I had a fire place for the winter time.  I'd love to be drinking some nice ale while watching it snow storm outside.  I actually like winter.  Not a big fan of below zero, but most weather down to it as long as it's not super windy.  Snow is just fun, plain and simple.  Even more fun to ride a bike in.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Charlie P.
« on: August 18, 2011, 08:03:15 AM »
Cool, thanks. As said I have ordered the EZ Gluten test, and I will brew a 10G batch, one with and one without the Clarity Ferm then run the tests....we shall see.....
bumping a very old thread here, but Oscar, how did it turn out.  I'm about to brew a GF beer for a beer lover and she's not too crazy about the commercial GF beers.
Good call, I'm interested to know the results as well.

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Imma brew for the first time in months, I think.  New chest freezer for ferm temp control ought to be at my house tomorrow and I already got the Johnson controller.  Thinkin' of brewing the Bell's Oberon clone I've been meaning to brew for months.  Only 3 gallons, should be gone for when it's time for fall beers...maybe....Might have to wait on brewing that...damn. 
Okay, so maybe I'll brew a pumpkin beer and a moktoberfest in the same weekend.

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The Pub / Re: "Never Again" beers
« on: August 16, 2011, 07:20:33 AM »
Not sure I have any never again beers.  Well, not because it made me sick, but because it's gross: Sam Adam's Cherry Wheat.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New AHA Logo
« on: August 15, 2011, 02:37:25 PM »
I had to refresh myself as to what the old logo was...the AHA letters with the stylistic barley stalks.  The new logo is very nice.  Good work.
I was thinking the same thing, haha.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How much beer is too much?
« on: August 08, 2011, 12:47:34 PM »
Good call.  I guess I don't have THAT many friends that come over and drink.  I only give my beer to a few close friends.  The other ones really don't care about beer.  More for me, I guess.  I'm even downsizing my batch sizes to 3 gallon batches so I can brew inside and brew more often.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How much beer is too much?
« on: August 08, 2011, 08:02:32 AM »
This caused me to check...hmmm 19 10 gallon batches.  I guess I will really have to decide what my last beer will be for the year....yeah, right.

 ;D
Damn dude, you drink that much?  Yeesh.  I've brewed 6 - 5 gallon batches this year, I'm out of beer, and I'm itching to brew again.  Been busy moving and adjusting to a new place.  Need a freezer now for temp control; already got the controller.  Almost there!  Stay on target!

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The Pub / Re: Aren't some of you guys drummers?
« on: August 05, 2011, 07:30:18 AM »
I remember a discussion a while aback about the relative merits of drummers versus the rest of society.  Depending on your point of view, this video will prove you right - regardless of which side you may be on...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QoDsbSOE_j8

Blecchh...

Real s**t, son, 7/7/70: http://www.wolfgangsvault.com/the-who/video/young-man-blues_1293014538.html

You win.  Keith Moon ROCKED.  Not the greatest technique, a little tense, but he f*cking ROCKED.  He's not using a hi-hat in that video, wonder if he always had a setup like that.

These days, I'm into Mike Mangini.  He played with Steve Vai and is now with Dream Theater.  He's breathing new life into that band.

Here's a shameless self promotion :) http://www.youtube.com/user/EnvenomAscension?feature=mhee

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How much beer is too much?
« on: August 04, 2011, 01:41:57 PM »
I would say too much beer is when you have too big of a stockpile that you need to up your consumption rate to get through it so you can brew again.  I typically have one or 2 batches fermenting at one time and 2 on tap.  So that when a beer on tap runs out there's another one ready to be kegged.  I wish I had more fridge space so I could be carbonating one beer while the other two are on tap so that when one runs out all I have to do is hook it up and drink.  But waiting 5-7 days isn't a big deal either.

I've only brewed 6 times this year, which isn't much for me.  But I moved this past weekend so I didn't want to have beer to move, which means I haven't brewed in a couple months because of that.  I'm aching to brew pretty bad.

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The Pub / Re: Aren't some of you guys drummers?
« on: August 04, 2011, 12:18:28 PM »
I'm a drummer.  I play metal, mostly black/death metal with double bass and blast beats and all that.  I've seen that video you posted before, that guy is pretty crazy.

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