So I have had my first (small batch) attempt at Caribou Slobber in the fermenter for about 48 hours now. It was bubbling up a storm after about 8 hours, now it’s pretty quiet in there. One thing that concerns me though…my house is at 76 pretty much always. Even though it gets cooler than that at times during the winter, the house temp doesn’t drop much and if it does it warms back up pretty quickly. The rest of the year, it’s about 76 due to the AC. Now, I keep reading that ale yeast prefers temps in the 60-70 range, and lagers even colder. Am I going to get less than optimal taste results because of this?
Given that I have the small batch kit I could probably get a mini-fridge that would hold that 1 gal carboy, but how on earth do all the 5 gal people do it? That would be a pretty sizable fridge, and would cost significantly more than everything else combined.