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 ?
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.
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.
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?