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Brewing TV - Episode 37: Happiness is a Warm Carboy




Original postdate: May 20, 2011

In this episode, Chip brews a low-gravity saison. With the help of a rather unique setup, he pushes primary fermentation into the upper range of temperature. Guest host Don Osborn joins Chip to demonstrate other methods homebrewers can use to raise the temperature during primary fermentation. Then, we join Michael and Jake for a quick tasting notes session on the kellerbier version of the double decoction dunkel brewed back in Episode 34. And how about a Brewing TV Sing-Along!?
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Reader Comments (42)

Great episode BTV!!!! I can sympathize about temperature control, but I'm usually trying to keep ale temps down during the summer here in central VA, and using a tub of water with changing out ice packs works pretty well on the cheap. The sing-along was priceless. Great work!

May 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterduckmanco

Love me some Saison's. Even better was the "Farmhouse" cover. I haven't gone the route of temp control for Saison's yet as I've always just brewed them in the heat of summer so I appreciate the video and the different methods to heat it up! Even in the summer, in the attic, I could still use some more heat!

May 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNick Pederson

I'm with the first post and would love to see some tips like this to keep temps down.
The first beer I ever brewed was a Saison and it worked out pretty well. I chose it specifically because of the time of year I made the beer (May) and where I am (NY).

Love Brewing TV!

May 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDan

A couple of things (I'm only a few minutes into the episode)...

A spray bottle to tame boil overs works amazingly well... after a boilover the other night, I grabbed my g/f's water spray bottle and used it to prevent boilover on batch #2. It's now a part of my equipment.

Also.. chip.. I have that exact same bowl you had your hops pellets in. :-)


May 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJon "brewmcq" MacQ

Great ep brewing tv! I have never done this, but you should try hot packs! Like for sports injuries or hand warmers. It isnt as controlled as a heater of course, but I bet you could make that bucket pretty toasty! Especially if you need the yeast strain to really get down in gravity. Keep it going BTV!

May 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAndy Carter

Nice episode. I've been using the same aquarium heater temp control method for Belgians this winter. I love the control/consistency it provides, especially when wanting to ramp up a degree or two a day.

Why do a starter for a 1.035/1.044 beer? I like to under pitch Saisons to encourage more spicy esters. Either way, it looks like you brewed a nice beer.

"You're doing it wrong!"

May 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBee

@ Bee - I didn't necessarily make the starter "for" the beer. I made the starter to make sure the nearly 8-month old packet I uncovered from the dark recesses of the fridge would still be viable. Sort of a forced fermentation, I suppose. Thanks for watching and leaving a comment.

@ MacQ - Target, baby!

May 20, 2011 | Registered CommenterChip

Got it. Good call Chip.

Great jam at the end BTW.

May 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBee

Need to make me some saison, stat! It'll be hot enough in my upstairs apartment to do it the old fashion way. I have used the electric fermentation heater before and it worked great!

Chip, I bet your saison tastes like patchouli, corduroy patchwork pants and hemp necklaces, SNAP! Don't beat me up. Just playing, love ya Chippy, great episode!

May 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGarth

Man it was fun to watch this. It was good to see the formulation of your recipe long before the beer was finished and we did the tasting. "Keep Austin Weird." You run your brewpot pretty full. Watch it!

Fermbox, patent pending. Funny. Nice Brian Adams shout out, everything you do... "Don't do it Chip Walton!" I see you know yourself well. ha

Ha, great edit when we were talking about what yeast strain I used instead of the NB one. Good job with our tasting. That came together nicely.

Kielbasa Festival. Nice.

I like the fade in with our spontaneous unplanned Theme Song cover. :)

The Farmhouse section is decent. Hey, what do people want for free?! "Jake and Micheal, where are you?!" I didn't expect all of that to make the final cut, ha.

Man. fun times. Nice job Chip Walton.

May 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDonO

FYI: BrewBrothers.Biz sells my wife's Carboy Cozies under "Misc Brew Gear." They are great for keeping out the light, insulating (fleece), and in the summer you can just set them on a shallow pan of water for cooling. The water wicks up the cozy and evaporates to cool the ferment a few degrees. She should have them up in an Etsy store pretty soon too.
I am cooling or heating upwards of 8 carboys at a time though, so the big box is the only way to go. Temp controlled heater and AC unit. I do need to get myself a couple heating pads for those times when I need a belgian or saison higher then the rest.
Excellent episode Chip, I guess Mike and Jake are too big of stars to host the episodes now? :)

May 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrett Silver Begani

Another great episode

Go B's

May 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterP.

Still suffering through my 3724 ferment, 2 weeks in and I'm still stuck @ 1.020... Was in the 80's when I brewed it, but two days later some asshole storm clouds rolled in and rained on my parade, quite literally... So much for that competition I was aiming for. :(

May 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPJ

You are a man of many talents Chip! Congrats on another great episode! When are you free to come out and brew w/ Lucid?!

May 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJon Messier

Great episode as usual. I don't understand the trouble most guys have regarding temp control (hot or cold) and the effort many go to to sort it. I'm lazy and sorted it quick and easy for minimal cost.
1st get a cheap 2nd-hand fridge.
2nd buy something like this, much cheaper than brewing specific items. http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/All-purpose-Temperature-Controller-STC-1000-Whit-sensor-/320628773067?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4aa6f6d0cb
3rd buy something like this http://www.tlc-direct.co.uk/Products/PHTH1.html
Wire up, plug in and go. Just feed the wiring through the door, the draught proofing moulds round it so there's only a small gap (no need to drill holes).
I just tape the temp probe to the side of the fermenter. Apparently this gives a more accurate reading than popping it in some water (like Don) as the fermentation reaction creates it own heat so the bowl of water isn't at the same temp! To negate errors when opening the fridge door I just tape some bubble wrap over the probe once it's on the fermenter.
I've fermented high and currently lagering at 2C.
The only issue is that most wiring instructions with 2nd purchase above are WRONG, the post at Mon Mar 01, 2010 8:17 pm in this is spot on. http://www.the-online-homebrew-company.co.uk/forum/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=14255&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0
Hope the links work and this helps.

May 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCrezzer

great episode. love the sing along.
don osbourne rocks, been a fan of his site since brewing was only an idea i was pondering.
now im taking the AG leap, 1 year later.
more episodes with him as a guest??????????
him and dawson brewing in the garage???????

May 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbrewmaster0507

Never ever saw the Northern Lights... Watch out for those cluster flies DonO... ...er 'round the airlock, that is, now that it's Spring... or they'll run like an antelope out of control. ...um, yeah.

May 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGonzonaut

What did he say about a firm box???

May 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAgent907

Another great episode. In the winter I ferment in a closet with a space heater with a digital thermostat (despite the wife's fears of me burning down the place), in the summer i leave the carboy in the bath tub full of cold water. This works great for hitting 65-70 ale temps

May 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commentergbx

cant wait to go my Saison keged cool brewing tv episode 37 :)

May 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commentergary

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