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Old 01-26-2011, 07:57 AM   #1
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How long do i need to carbonate my beer if the surrounding is at 89f?

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Old 01-26-2011, 08:00 AM   #2
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89F? Just a guess but you might get off flavors, or even ruin the beer at that temp. Either way I imagine a "normal" gravity beer will be carbed at that temp within a few days, maybe a week at most. If possible try to keep at most in the low 70s or high 60s for a couple/3 weeks rather than 89F.

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Old 01-26-2011, 08:03 AM   #3
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89F? You might get off flavors, or even ruin the beer at that temp. Either way I imagine a "normal" gravity beer will be carbed at that temp within a few days, maybe a week at most. If possible try to keep at most in the low 70s or high 60s for a couple/3 weeks rather than 89F.
Trust me when I say I would love to keep it at a lower temp. I live along the equator so its not going to go any lower without a fridge.
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ohya, it is worth saying that I can see white sediment at the bottom of the bottle and is that a good indication that it is time to enjoy my home brew?

I can wait another week but am wondering if the high temp around my neck of the woods did anything to speed things up.

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Ya I see where you are. Guess you gotta do what you gotta do. Can you put them in a cool water bath? Maybe at least just drape a towel over the bottles in a shady but well ventilated area and keep the towels moist so you get some evaporative cooling? Or maybe 89F is perfectly fine and won't harm them at all; I'm just guessing it might not be that great.

I actually loved this beer called Regab in Gabon, central Africa, also on the equator. Could never get it cold but it was perfectly fine with me at 80 to 90F drinking temp. It was a BMC type lager but actually tasty at a higher temp.

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ohya, it is worth saying that I can see white sediment at the bottom of the bottle and is that a good indication that it is time to enjoy my home brew?

I can wait another week but am wondering if the high temp around my neck of the woods did anything to speed things up.
Higher temps would definitely speed it up. I frankly don't mind starting to sample bottles after only a few days to a week of carbonation; it is interesting to me to see how they change with time, and I enjoy trying them. Depends on how much you have though... if it's 5 gallons worth of bottles and you try one, what's the harm?
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I have an old fridge coming in next week and I plan to use that as my "temperature control chamber" for up coming fermentation.

Its a 5 gallon batch and with 30 bottles in the storeroom, I think I can spare 1 or so in the next coming days. I plan to crack one open on the 7 day.

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