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too hot to brew??

Post by joe_r_harvie » Sat Aug 03, 2019 7:52 am

Heh, since June 1st I have lost 4 of 11 batches. I had the same problem last summer in the major heat wave we had. I am confident it is the heat as I have little for temperature control and it has been really hot. A couple of the batches were drinkable but had a sour note and the other two were too sour. Struggling to get my boils chilled down to 80 degrees as my well water is warmer too and my fermentation area is 90 degrees plus. It is not my gear or sanitation as this only happens in warm weather and I have replaced everything. Wondering if anyone else is having the same problem and if anyone knows a simple solution. Ice bath? I can't be the only one suffering in this heat!
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Post by GAM » Sat Aug 03, 2019 8:29 am

Kevek (SP) yeast. Under pitch and you should get 4+ batches from a vile.

Swampcooler may work for a couple of degrees drop.

Beg, borrow, steel or buy a second fridge.

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Re: too hot to brew??

Post by Tim Gregory » Sat Aug 03, 2019 8:51 am

I don't brew much in the summer but you could Make saison.

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Re: too hot to brew??

Post by McGruff » Sun Aug 04, 2019 8:45 am

Check kijiji for free fridges. I got one and took the inside of the door apart and it fits my 14 gallon conical. A cheap temp controller and you are in business.

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Post by joe_r_harvie » Sun Aug 04, 2019 3:18 pm

Thanks, I'll try the swamp cooler and if that doesn't work will look at changing yeasts and or getting a fridge.
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Re: too hot to brew??

Post by BrewG » Mon Aug 12, 2019 7:57 am

I just tried the Kveik yeast. This yeast seams great for summer brewing. Mines still in the fermenter so can say yet. It’s supposed to produce clean beers up to 100°f. Maybe give it a whirl it may be the only way to produce good beer in the summer without some type of fermentation temperature control.


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