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Old 02-06-2012, 02:34 AM   #1
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I'm using wyeast 2278 for a pilsener and I have kegorator set at warmest setting. It has been about 28 hours and no activity that I have seen.
I'm in FL and the coolest ambient temp achievable is 71-73 on the tile floor with the ac on.
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Old 02-06-2012, 02:41 AM   #2
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I'm using wyeast 2278 for a pilsener and I have kegorator set at warmest setting. It has been about 28 hours and no activity that I have seen.
I'm in FL and the coolest ambient temp achievable is 71-73 on the tile floor with the ac on.
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What yeast did you use


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Old 02-06-2012, 02:45 AM   #3
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What part of Wyeast 2278 did you not understand? That yeast does best between 50-58°
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What part of Wyeast 2278 did you not understand? That yeast does best between 50-58°
Come at me bro. I was drunk when I asked this question. Yeah you'll have to warm it up a bit.
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Old 02-06-2012, 03:31 PM   #5
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i was thinking the same thing.

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Come at me bro. I was drunk when I asked this question. Yeah you'll have to warm it up a bit.
likely story.

i agree that it might need to be a bit warmer, but remember, fermentation is exothermic, so it may warm itself to the desired range. what 'signs' of fermentation are you not seeing? is it in a glass vessel and you see nothing's happening, or are you waiting for airlock bubbles?
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Yeh, waiting on bubbles in airlock. I wish I had the dough for a temp controller. This my first attempt a cold fermentation. My fault for not previously check how warm I could get the kegorator.
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I would not warm it up at all! Just leave it alone. 46 F is perfect pitching temperature for a lager. Just wait 50-60 more hours or so. I can bet you money it will start eventually. I pitch most of my beers next day after its cooled BELOW lowest recommended temperature for the yeast and let it raise naturally

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I would not warm it up at all! Just leave it alone. 46 F is perfect pitching temperature for a lager. Just wait 50-60 more hours or so. I can bet you money it will start eventually. I pitch most of my beers next day after its cooled BELOW lowest recommended temperature for the yeast and let it raise naturally
yeah, i really like the results of starting a brew out nice and cool, whether ale or lager, it just seems to produce a cleaner beer, IMO.
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I'm in the 'start the ferment warm' camp. I watch for the krausen and/or airlock movement at 65-70F and chill the fermenter as soon as it forms.



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