Are you finding it hard to get the right temperature for brewing beer or wine? Try a Brew Belt.
Fermentation for most home made beers should take place at about 20 degrees Centigrade, 70 degrees Fahrenheit. This temperature needs to be maintained for 4 – 6 days in order for successful fermentation to take place.
During the colder months, it can sometimes be difficult to keep a steady temperature. Placing the brewing bin near to a radiator or in the airing cupboard can help, but then temperatures will vary and unless your heating is on all of the time, you may still have a big problem. Without a constant heat source, the fermentation will either not start at all or it may even stop part way through and ruin your brew. Not good news.
What is a brew belt?
Enter the Brew Belt. This simple device is simply a plastic coated wire heating element that forms a kind of lasso which can be drawn tightly around the fermenting vessel. On the free end, there is an electric plug. All you do is slip the belt over the brew bin or demijohn(s), tighten it up in the required position and plug it in. That’s it. Your beer or wine will begin to ferment in no time.
Adjusting the temperature
Although the Brew Belt isn’t thermostatically controlled, the temperature can be altered a little by simply adjusting the height at which the Brew Belt surrounds your fermenting vessel. The lower the belt, the more heat will be supplied into the fermenting bin.
It’s perfectly safe and can be left for a few days until the fermentation completes. Then simply loosen off the belt, remove it and it is ready for next time.
Use for beer, wine or cider
It’s suitable for any beer and wine making, fitting around a 5 gallon (23 litre) fermenting bin or two 1 gallon demijohns.
It isn’t expensive, is very easy to use and economical to run, using just 25W of electricity.
So go on and try a Brew Belt? Instead of fermenting the beer next to a radiator indoors, or messing up the airing cupboard, you can ferment it in the shed or garage all year round. It not only saves space but saves you worrying about that precious brew as well.
For more information and to order your brewbelt, visit Home Brew Online