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Re: Newbie Here
« Reply #15 on: May 18, 2013, 05:46:04 PM »
so keep my temp in the upper 60's?  ???

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Re: Newbie Here
« Reply #16 on: May 19, 2013, 04:31:20 AM »
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?

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Re: Newbie Here
« Reply #17 on: May 19, 2013, 05:45:31 AM »
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.

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Re: Newbie Here
« Reply #18 on: May 19, 2013, 05:50:29 AM »
If you end up needing to ferment mostly ales (~mid 60's) and are having trouble with either the cost or size of a refrigerator or mini cooler that will fit your carboy or bucket, I highly recommend the below Igloo cooler for fermentation. I was able to keep my wheat ale right at 65 for 2 weeks with very minimal tweaking (adding ice cubes periodically). Good luck!
http://www.igloo-store.com/detail/IGL+ICECUBE+70+MCROL

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Re: Newbie Here
« Reply #19 on: May 19, 2013, 06:49:04 AM »
If you end up needing to ferment mostly ales (~mid 60's) and are having trouble with either the cost or size of a refrigerator or mini cooler that will fit your carboy or bucket, I highly recommend the below Igloo cooler for fermentation. I was able to keep my wheat ale right at 65 for 2 weeks with very minimal tweaking (adding ice cubes periodically). Good luck!
http://www.igloo-store.com/detail/IGL+ICECUBE+70+MCROL

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I used three of these early on.  Frozen liter bottles and a floating thermometer worked well.  You can buy these at Walmart or Sam's for $30.00
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Re: Newbie Here
« Reply #20 on: May 19, 2013, 08:52:17 AM »
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?

This is my Yeast. Looks like for lager. As for temp, it shows 12-15C ????? What is that in Fahrenheit. Also it says for 20 liters of beer. Is that 5 gallons?

FYI- It also comes with Briess dried malt extract ( 2 lbs), Crushed Pilsen malt, Crushed Carapils Malt, Priming Sugar, 3 bags of .5 oz hop pellets, grain bag and Pilsen Light Pure Malt extract (concentrated Brewers Wort).

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Re: Newbie Here
« Reply #21 on: May 19, 2013, 08:55:59 AM »
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.

Paul

Thanks. I do like this Idea. If I can get the bucket and also the carboy in my fridge, I will use this... Otherwise I may have to go with the cooler idea

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Re: Newbie Here
« Reply #22 on: May 19, 2013, 08:56:08 AM »
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Re: Newbie Here
« Reply #23 on: May 19, 2013, 08:57:25 AM »
so keep my temp in the upper 60's?  ???

What Drew said....54-59F.
Life begins at 60.....1.060, that is!

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Re: Newbie Here
« Reply #24 on: May 19, 2013, 12:51:43 PM »
and from what I've seen, home brew is mostly dark beer.



Welcome to your new obsession.

Yeah, No kidding... I haven't even started brewing just yet, (Still waiting on getting everything I need before I start). With all the help and good advise Im getting from everyone in here, Me and my wife (yeah, she's letting me do this) is wanting to try different flavors, and even thinking about making a Party cooler, to put my beer in for my first home brew party....lol