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Old 11-16-2009, 07:02 AM   #1
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Default California "steam" beer fermentation temp

My swamp cooler gets temps down to about 64F - is this cold enough for California lager yeast ?

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Old 11-16-2009, 09:11 AM   #2
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I brewed the California Common recipe from "Brewing Classic Styles". It recommends 62F fermentation, which seems to have worked very well.

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Old 11-16-2009, 09:15 AM   #3
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Did you use a swamp cooler or thermostatically controlled chamber ?
Can I use my SC ?

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I am using the Cal Lager yeast and using my swamp cooler and it is staying between 59-60 degrees.

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What is your ambient temp ? Ive got 80F

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One more question about Cal. lager - does it need to be lagered or can it follow more of an Ale schedule ?

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Well isn't a proper steam beer supposed to be lager strains fermented at ale temperatures? We made an Oktoberfest steam last year using Marzen yeast and it was spectacular fermenting at 68*F.

Your set-up allowing you to hit 62 seems like it'll work out just fine. Good luck!

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Thanks man !

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Did you use a swamp cooler or thermostatically controlled chamber ?
Can I use my SC ?
I used my Son of Fermentation Chiller (i.e. thermostatically controlled).

(Sorry for the late reply, been out of town on business...)
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I have made a number of steam beers. I have done it in the peak of summer, where my basement can reach as high as 70, and I have done it in the depths of winter where we hit 58-60 in my basement. Both have been almost identical. I could not have picked out a real difference to be honest.

I am sure someone could have noted a difference between the two side by side. But not me. It is one of my favorite beers to date. And I plan on brewing another ten during christmas vacation.

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