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Old 05-23-2008, 08:25 PM   #1
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Greetings.

Its summertime in the south. Granted i'm not in the DEEP south, but, it's starting to get a little warmish around here. I have to air conditioning other than fans & all the windows open at night. I do however have a great big basement that usually stays 56-60 in the summer. Daytime temps outside are approaching 80 and indoor temps up to 95 are on the way. Now heres the question: With my basement temp, is it going to be possible to lager beer in my basement over the summer? Or heck, is 60 enough for ales?

Excuse the typing, i started my memorial day celebration a little early!!!!!

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Greetings.

Its summertime in the south. Granted i'm not in the DEEP south, but, it's starting to get a little warmish around here. I have to air conditioning other than fans & all the windows open at night. I do however have a great big basement that usually stays 56-60 in the summer. Daytime temps outside are approaching 80 and indoor temps up to 95 are on the way. Now heres the question: With my basement temp, is it going to be possible to lager beer in my basement over the summer? Or heck, is 60 enough for ales?

Excuse the typing, i started my memorial day celebration a little early!!!!!

Appreciate it.
Zac
Remember that fermentation produces lots of heat. So while your basement might be 60 degrees your fermentation may be 70 degrees. For a lager yeast this can cause a lot of off-flavors.

For lagering after fermentation you want to be at near-freezing temperatures for several weeks (at least 2 for light beers and a lot more for bigger beers).
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Old 05-23-2008, 09:53 PM   #3
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60°F is PERFECT for most ales.

you can make hefeweizens, steam beers, cream ales, and anything you want with nottingham.

you've got a better deal than me, my friend

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Well, I think the problem has been solved by the Craigslist gods. Picked myself up a Kenmore 23 today. 67X26X32 on the INSIDE!!!! Now all I need is a temp controller & I think I may be on my way to lagering some fine beers.

DeathBrewer: I thought 60 might be on the cool side, but I reckon its full speed ahead in the basement for summer.

I appreciate it. *I just had to brag about my CL SCORE!!!**
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