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Old 12-31-2012, 12:59 PM   #1
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I'm about to brew my third batch ever - I do partial mash 5-gallon batche. This time of year, my basement storage area usually stays in the mid 50's to very low 60's. What type of beer (or more specifically, yeast) works well in these temperatures. I don't have the fridge space or temp control for lagering. Thanks.

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Old 12-31-2012, 01:14 PM   #2
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My basement is the same temp, and you can do ales and lagers by selecting the right yeast.

I like S-04, and Pacman for Ales as they can tolerate the lower temps.. makes a really clean beer! Kolsch yeast also works nicely at these temps to make a pseudo lager. You can also make a little swamp cooler and by swapping a frozen 2 litre pop bottle out every 12 hours, can easily get the temp down to 50.

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Awesome! I have some S-04 on hand but was doubting the listed lower temperature range. Thanks!

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1007 german ale yeast goes into the mid to upper 50's - Alt.
Kolsch yeast - for a kolsch or a "mocktoberfest"
San francisco lager yeast for a steam beer.

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Old 12-31-2012, 01:43 PM   #5
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+1 to the above but also, if you want to focus on ales that like the low to mid 60s you can go the swamp cooler route but instead of adding ice bottles place a small aquarium heater in the water to bump up the temp a bit or get a temp controller and a heater wrap for the vessel to maintain the desired temperature.

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Sounds like the perfect temp range to make a Scottish Ale. I've been able to ferment WLP001 in the high 50's/low 60s as well as WLP002. Wyeast 1728 is listed at 55-75F where WLP028 is rated to low 60s (website says not less then 62F).

Scottish Ales are really simple to make and there are several approaches - if you're interested I can post a recipe or two.

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1007 german ale yeast goes into the mid to upper 50's - Alt.
Kolsch yeast - for a kolsch or a "mocktoberfest"
San francisco lager yeast for a steam beer.
I have a batch with this yeast going in my garage (about 55F) and it's doing well. Seems to tolerate cooler temps nicely.
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1007 german ale yeast goes into the mid to upper 50's - Alt.
Kolsch yeast - for a kolsch or a "mocktoberfest"
San francisco lager yeast for a steam beer.
+ 1 I wait until this time of year specificaly to use my basement and cooler temps for the three above listed styles.
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I'm going to try a mocktoberfest using Wyeast 2124 Bohemian Lager. Do I have to worry about not lagering with this yeast?

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Cal Common with the San Fran lager yeast

*braufessor beat me to it

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