Hi. My first time to the forum. I just moved to hot south Texas and now that we have a house I have room to brew. Started a batch of Irish red ale a week and a half ago, and over the weekend transferred it to a carboy, cleaned the primary fermentation bucket and started a batch of Shining Star pale ale. My question is about temperature. South Texas is crazy hot, and we keep a temperature of about 76-78 degrees F in our house. Feels pretty comfortable, but I realize it’s not ideal for fermenting beer. I didn’t realize how big of a deal it is until I started browsing the forum.
The Irish red had some pretty vigorous bubbling the first couple days, and then it subsided. It looked and smelled great when I siphoned it into the carboy, so I’m optimistic. The pale ale bubbled a little bit the first day or two and now it’s real quiet. Bad sign, or normal? Plus, is doing this at 76-78 degrees just a horrible idea? Any ideas on bringing that down that aren’t crazy expensive?
Plus, I haven’t needed it yet, but how would I go about constructing a blow-off system? Right now I’m just using the stopper that came with the kit. Thanks!