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Offline dzlater

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Fermanting in fridge w/o temp controller??
« on: August 22, 2011, 10:28:55 PM »
I plan on brewing a beer with WL Cry Havoc yeast.
I usually brew ales, and put the carboy in a cooler with water and do the ice bottle swap routine.
But seeing that I can do a lager with the Cry Havoc yeast. I thought I might give it a try.
I set my keg fridge to the warmest setting and It started out @ 53°f and after 28 hours it's @ 56°f.
If it doesn't get any warmer and stays fairly stable, is there any reason I can't put my carboy in the fridge and ferment a lager?
I realize it won't be super controlled but it would still most likely be more stable then my ice bottle swap method.
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Re: Fermanting in fridge w/o temp controller??
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2011, 06:23:14 PM »
Sounds perfectly reasonable to me.  My chest freezer with external thermostat has been used for lagers in that range (but I tend to go cooler than that - 52F or even 46F for certain strains).
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