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Keeping diy CO2 warm

I'm using yeast and it needs to be warm for it to produce CO2. My tank is in the basement. So anyway of keeping it warm without buying a heater or any other cheap way.
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i have been thinking about this and i wonder if a heating pad would work
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If you can get to a home brewing supply store there are some pretty cool options.

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Some kind of heater would be needed. Heat always requires some energy. You can get heating pads to go under reptile tanks, or get a 50 watt, very cheap, aquarium heater, keep the CO2 generator in a pan of water, with the 50 watt heater in it.

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Hey dave! Yeah just keep it under warm water in a bucket, buy a heater or replace it every time(even though that will get a bit annoying).

Hope it works out!

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Wow mine seems to be fine at room temperature, how cold are the rooms you guys have your tanks in?

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Wow mine seems to be fine at room temperature, how cold are the rooms you guys have your tanks in?
mine is at 66 F but I think the yeast mixture is a little colder
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How much are the reptile heating pads?
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In additional to the heaters, if you have padded thermal bags, you could wrap the bottle up in that too. I seem to have a bunch of these in my basement from various sources. It's these metallic blue bags with a snap closure on top and it keeps things pretty steady inside in terms of temperature. My mother usually keeps a couple in the car for groceries while my sister and I carry them in our backpacks just in case we end up buying fish/plants on our bike trips.

Any insulation type sheeting/padding would also help insulate more of the heater too.
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Mine are sitting in a room that stays in the low 60s all the time and I have no problem maintaining a 1 bubble per second count continuously. You don't need a heater.

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Mine are sitting in a room that stays in the low 60s all the time and I have no problem maintaining a 1 bubble per second count continuously. You don't need a heater.
There must be another problem then...
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There must be another problem then...
I would tend to agree.

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SIAP, you could use a lager (bottom fermenting) yeast instead of ale or bread yeast.

It is used to produce lager beer (most German beers, most common American beers [bud, miller, coors, etc.]) and is meant for colder fermentation temperatures.

Just a thought. Also, if you insulate the fermenter, the fermentation process itself will keep the liquid a little warmer than the ambient air temperature.
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