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Gonzobrews 01-06-2013 01:33 PM

Ale temp fermentation issue
 
I just did my first brew last night which is an Irish Cream Ale from northern brewer. I woke up this morning to check it out and I was happy to see highly active bubbles from the airlock. I noticed though that it seemed just a little warm so I checked the temp on the carboy which read 77. I know that this is too warm but my question is with it only being the first few hours of the fermentation, now that I am getting it to the 65 degree range, will this damage the brew at all or dramatically? I assume not due to it has another 2 weeks in primary but would like to make sure. Thanks for the help.

GilSwillBasementBrews 01-06-2013 01:42 PM

You could very well wind up with off flavors from the temp getting that high. Look into swamp coolers for future brews. Basically just stick your fermenter in a larger bucket/keg tub fill with water and regulate the temp by swapping out frozen water bottles a couple times per day.

BWN 01-06-2013 01:55 PM

How are you going to get it to lower temps?

Gonzobrews 01-06-2013 02:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GilSwillBasementBrews (Post 4752782)
You could very well wind up with off flavors from the temp getting that high. Look into swamp coolers for future brews. Basically just stick your fermenter in a larger bucket/keg tub fill with water and regulate the temp by swapping out frozen water bottles a couple times per day.

Thanks. I'll try this out and hope for the best. Glad I noticed sooner than later though.

Gonzobrews 01-06-2013 02:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BWN (Post 4752820)
How are you going to get it to lower temps?

My initial idea was to put it into a room under my stairs that stays about 58 60 regular temp.

BWN 01-06-2013 04:05 PM

That might work. Wort that is 77 degrees with no yeast would take a while to cool to 65. You may want to stick it in a swamp cooler without ice for twelve hours or so just to help displace the heat.


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