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i just started brewing, and i was wondering should i be worrying about cooling or heating more? i live in melbourne and its coming to winter should i buy a chiller or a heater ? or both, is it that critical to heat ?
 

normell

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All depends on where you intend to brew.
If its in a room in the house, kitchen or laundry, does the temp in there alter very much over a 24 hour period.
If it remains in the low to mid 20*C,s, for Ales, no problems.
It also depends on the style that you intend to brew, Ales or Lagers.

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Hi Dart

I'm in Melbourne too & I never have to worry about heating because I ferment inside the house where the temp is pretty constant, but if you are in the garage or a tin shed it'll be a different story. Make lagers with proper lager yeast when it's cold & you should be OK then do ales as the temps start to rise again.
 

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I'm in the same boat here Dart, i'll be brewing lagers in a small laundry, with a dryer and such, will this affect the brew?
I've been told an old fridge with a thermastat can fix this problem, does anyone use this method?

Cheers.
 

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Yep, get an old fridge, if you like your lagers it will be the best investment you can do.

Then get onto the liquid lager yeasts.

I don't have a thermastat installed in my fridge as the highest setting seems to be around the 10C mark, perfect for my lagers.

ONLY thing with lager yeast is you need to age/cold condition it. My first few times with lager yeast were disapointing but I didn't CC them, I now CC for 4 weeks and they are tops!
 

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I use an old fridge and find that it gets cold enuff for lagers if i want an ale i just turn it off and put a hot water bottle in with the fermenter
 

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