Yeah, you want the temp to be around 70 to carbonate. Once carbonated, you can put them in an area with those temps to "condition" them. So if you can find an area in the upper 60s or low 70s, you'd be in good shape.
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getting your bottles really cold first will also help. put them in the freezer for a bit before you start bottling.
Woke up not knowing where I was or who I was..... when I realized I was in the UK and that I had slept (minus a few old man pees) for about 16 hours and that it was 2pm locally I got up and went for a walk. Guinness for breakfast. Could be worse.
I always add the stir bar after I've chilled the wort.
NB recently started carring a pretty nice looking stir plate for $66: http://www.northernbrewer.com/brewing/northern-brewer-stir-plate.html
Awesome dude! That looks like a cool setup for small batches! I used to do 3 gallon batches, thinking about going back to them, for kicks. I started off with a 3 gallon cooler with a ball valve setup, then got a 5 gallon cooler and moved the ball valve over. I boiled in a 5 gallon kettle on a gas stove. I pushed the envelope sometimes getting 4 1/2 gallons in the kettle and managing not to boil over...it was precarious. But it worked! And I made some of the best beer of my brewing career with that little setup. Bottle it up and get about 30 bottles of beer, pretty neat really. If I move and have to live in an apartment, I will likely go back to doing this.I started mashing 2 years ago in a two-gallon cooler with a SS braid. When I moved up to 5 gallons, I just unbolted the parts and moved it over to the new cooler; I could easily use the smaller cooler again if I felt like it. Parts list here, with illustrations. The only sketchy part is I still need fender washers to prevent a slight wobble. Ok, the second sketchy part is the coolers aren't blue. Life ain't perfect!
...Looks like my mash tun's Mini Me.
It does! My setup, which I actually use mostly for 3-gallon batches, has almost all those parts at this point, just to fit smaller brews, deck brewing, and a 6-foot bookcase in a city apartment (though the banjo burner fits under my printer table). Sort of like "The Borrowers Homebrew," if you remember that children's series.
Denny's looking hot these days!
A spray bottle of starsan works great for me too, but I do it after every pint, otherwise I'll forget at the end of the night.