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Old 02-11-2011, 08:15 PM   #1
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Default 60 degree basement too cold for ale?

Just put my order in for ingredients for a spring wheat, doing my first mini/partial mash. just looked at the thermometer in the basment where i always let everything ferment and it's 60 degrees. looks like the high end for a lager and the low end for an ale. any suggestions. We have a small house and i don't think the wife would be too keen on keeping the fermenter in the babys room. Again gonna be doing an ale.

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60 is fine for most ale strains. fermentation will raise the temp to mid 60's.

what wheat yeast? banana esters are suppressed at lower temps and clove becomes more prominent.

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That's a good ambient temp for many ale strains. Keep it off the floor, if it's concrete, and you'll be fine. Fermentation temps are anywhere from 5-10 degrees warmer than ambient, in general, so choose a strain that fits that temp range. As it turns out, most ale strains will.

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The yeast I'll be using is Wyeast's YEAST STRAIN: 3056 | Bavarian Wheat Blend™

the low end of the temp range is 64 degrees F. I know the internal temp will raise with the fermentation. Do you think I could just wrap a blanket around the fermenter bucket and be good?

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It'll be perfect. My basement is more like 55, and during active fermentation my carboys heat up to low 60s which makes for a nice clean profile. If your wheat is an American wheat, you'll be fine. Just wrap it in a couple towels or blankets. It will retain the exothermic heat that is created during fermentation.

Edit: Didn't see the yeast strain. I haven't used it but I imagine you'll get more clove than banana at that temp. But that could be a good thing depending on what you like.

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Fermwrap or the DIY equivalent. Search should turn up some quick results. Even a layer of thin insulation might be enough. During fermentation the yeast will produce some heat.

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It depends on your yeast, but, yes 60° will be fine, especially since the yeast generate heat during fermentation. Your wort will be 5° to 10° warmer than the ambient temperature.

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Do you think I could just wrap a blanket around the fermenter bucket and be good?
That would be fine. It would also keep out light, so it would be doing double duty. I use old t-shirts, towels, and blankets depending upon ambient temps. It's far from sophisticated, but it works well.
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you folks are faster than me and answered all my questions before i gave you all the info you needed thanks. Will wrap it up and keep it off the concrete floor. It's a clone of a Pauliner Wheat that I've done using all extract and it was way better than any kit i used. Figured try the minimash and see how much that improves it. Thanks!

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fwiw, i just had a 1.107 RIS ferment out in less than a week at 58F ambient using us-05

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