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Old 07-25-2011, 05:24 AM   #1
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Default Fermenting Coopers Irish stout at 34c

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Did my extract brew yesterday and it's going to be a hot summer. Average temperature will be around 33-34c. You think this will ruin my beer?

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Old 07-25-2011, 11:15 AM   #2
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I'm not an expert, but I believe that temperature will kill the yeast or make them produce a whole lot of fusel alcohol, which in turn will cause literally horrible headaches. I would recommend you research some cooling options. A wet blanket/towel around the fermenter and a fan could be a lo-tech, cheap solution.

But I'm no expert and other people might have better advice.

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Way too warm to ferment. If no other way of cooling is available, the towel/fan may work, although your yeast will definitely be producing off flavors unless you can get it down in the mid 70s. Do you have a basement?

34*C ~ 93*F

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Average temperature will be around 33-34c. You think this will ruin my beer?
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I've been using a wet tee & a turbo fan,& mine still hovers around 24C. Been in primary longer to clean things up. Working so far as I wait till Wednesday to bottle my IPA. Then wait till it cools down to brew/ferment any more. Temps are just too high to ferment without dedicated cooling devices.
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Hello folks,

Did my extract brew yesterday and it's going to be a hot summer. Average temperature will be around 33-34c. You think this will ruin my beer?
Don't worry about it too much. I let my brews ferment at those temperatures. Not ideal, but in our situation, that is the Malaysian way (Malaysia boleh ), it is definitely not a problem. Some yeasts, though, produce off flavours, but unless you understand what off-flavors are, you won't notice them. Taste is very personal!

Have you thought of using a fridge for your fermenter? In Puchong, behind Kompleks Rakan Muda, you can get a temperature controller at around RM70 (yes, that is USD23, just to make our US friends a bit jealous). I used it to convert my fridge into a fermenter. Now I don't need to worry about temperatures. Having said so, this week I did have a problem, as my "fermenter" was in use when I did a new brew.
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Homebrewers are an industrious lot - gotta love the adventure of brewing somewhere like Malaysia w/ the challenges of climate and finding ingredients.

Must be New Years there already! Cheers!

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Homebrewers are an industrious lot - gotta love the adventure of brewing somewhere like Malaysia w/ the challenges of climate and finding ingredients.

Must be New Years there already! Cheers!
The challenges are definitely there, but worth overcoming!
The fun for me is partly to find anything local, even if not intended for brewing beer, and use it to get a good brew. Didn't use Irish Moss, for instance, as I thought it's not available (except from Singapore brewer shop), but then found out you can use what is called agar-agar, which is widely available in Malaysia.
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So far my brewing temp has always been in the tropics and honestly I have yet to encounter a bad batch but then again it has always been a top fermenting yeast and i'll probably try a lager style when I have everything in order.

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@schia,
I have just bottled a draught, doing a Canadian Style beer now, with added gula kelapa I bought from a shop in Puchong Permai. Fermenting's well on the way! Perhaps we can do a brew together one day!

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