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Old 07-12-2017, 11:57 PM   #11
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BTW Sorry to hear about your Mum.

It ain't easy so you have my sympathies!
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Old 08-12-2017, 10:27 PM   #12
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Like Pavros to start with I did not use a brew fridge, all I had was a stick on strip which gives temperature in two degree interments, and it would in the kitchen hover between 17˚C and 19˚C and would start to ferment well, however it would then slow down and nearly stop, so I had to cover the fermentor once it had been going a few days to keep it warm enough.
I was not always quick enough putting the body warmer on, and I had an under floor demo heating tile I would use to boost the temperature.
When my fridge/freezer was condemned due to thermal insulation failure I decided to use it to brew with, I thought I knew the temperatures required however I soon realised why the as the brewing progressed why it seemed to need to be warmer, it was the stick on strip measures some where between ambient temperature and brew temperature, when I started using a sensor held onto the side of the fermentor under a sponge to insulated from ambient air I realised that stick on thermometer was reading low to start with so showing 18˚C it was more like 19˚C and correct near the end, so it was not that it needed more temperature to finish, but the strip was showing low to start with.
I had only ever needed to add heat in the kitchen, but in the fridge it would shoot up in temperature as it started, so once garage over around 10˚C I needed cooling, only for first day or too, but it was required. I found the fridge does not cool until the freezer has cooled, so to start with needs to go in the freezer.
When I went to buy the controller the one I selected would control heating or cooling but not both together, so I had to buy a second one, this time a STC-1000 which does heating and cooling, so since two controllers and two insulated compartments, I am able to do two brews staggered, after 5 days in freezer it is moved to fridge as after 5 days only needs heat, also after 5 days the temperature can be a little higher around 24˚C seems to work well.
Once the error as to start temperature was corrected I found the brew turned out the same every time, so I could experiment knowing any changes were due to experiment not just the temperature varying.
I was considering next stage and doing all grain, but mother stopped all that, however what I have is an automated system, so I can set it all going and leave. However I had forgot in the winter water out of tap is colder.
So plan is tomorrow to lift the fermentor from freezer to fridge, and increase the temperature, next visit will then be Wednesday when I will decant into a clean fermentor to remove most of the sediment. If enough time will also start a second brew in the cleaned fermentor, I would like the brew ready for new year, if will be a bit green for Christmas, but I have at least 40 pints in stock already.
So at the moment I am drinking beer over a year old, not only did I slow down brewing beer also slowed down drinking beer.
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Best laid plans went wrong, still not got home, now likely snow will stop me, so just cross fingers.
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Best laid plans went wrong, still not got home, now likely snow will stop me, so just cross fingers.
I find that it helps to cross everything else as well.
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Finally got home, not good news, still only at 17.9°C it looks as if it has started however at that temperature clearly slow, now moved to fridge compartment with a 18W heater no cooling and I hope it will continue to brew, however in real terms lost a weeks brewing time so unlikely ready for Christmas.

The bulb holder used in freezer will take two bulbs so it seems I need to double up on bulb size. At 16W should not be a problem.
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Have you got a hydrometer? You could sanitise it and pop it in to see how far it's come along.
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OK got home again, I think your right hydrometer check before I bottle, set at 22°C it was only at 21°C so seems it is struggling with temperature, set a second one off now, used 2 bulbs so 16W this time, the garage is integral, but with not heating, since not living there heating turned down anti-frost so around 12°C in the house, I think more heat than I thought has been getting from house to garage, likely garage has never been so cold for so long, the fridge/freezer was taken out of service because insulation damaged, so suppose only to be expected. I will inspect again on Wednesday.

Tempted to bring whole fermenter home to bottle, leave for a day to settle of course, mothers house is warm enough.
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Please don't rush!

It's only been TEN days since you started and even under ideal conditions I don't look at my brew until after two weeks.
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AG Low ABV Pale Ale (19/11/17)

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