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Old 12-10-2009, 04:33 PM   #1
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Our basement is at 59 degrees, are there certain ale yeasts or styles of darker beer that will ferment at 59 that are NOT lagers?

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Old 12-10-2009, 05:00 PM   #2
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don't forget the fermentation generates some heat, so you are probably ok with most ale yeasts. Rogue ferments at 60 with their pacman yeast so if you can find that you should be more than OK.

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Old 12-10-2009, 05:03 PM   #3
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I have been using:
Wyeast 1764 Pacman. Recommended temp of 60F by John Maier of Rogue. Had a Dead Guy clone ferment out from 1.055 to 1.008 in 4 days at 60F.
Wyeast 1007 German Ale recommended temp of 55-68F. Been using 55 with great results. Just takes a bit longer, about 10 days for a stable FG.

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Old 12-10-2009, 05:06 PM   #4
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Our basement is at 59 degrees, are there certain ale yeasts or styles of darker beer that will ferment at 59 that are NOT lagers?
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Old 12-10-2009, 05:13 PM   #5
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FWIW, I have a porter fermenting on Pacman under 59. No problems at all.

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Old 12-10-2009, 05:22 PM   #6
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Wyeast's Kolsch. That yeast is all I can use in December/January. I've had it going even at 55 or 56F. Very clean taste.

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Old 12-10-2009, 05:28 PM   #7
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Wyeast 1028 I've read can go down to 58°F. Right now I am using it at 64°F.

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Old 12-10-2009, 05:34 PM   #8
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I've got the same temperature in my basement as you. I decided it was time to do a california common.

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Old 12-10-2009, 08:46 PM   #9
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I've got away with using a Cali Common yeast on several ales without too much of a flavor difference. I've done a couple pale and amber ales with it. Never tried it with anything darker.

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Old 12-10-2009, 08:57 PM   #10
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I've used Nottingham at 59 degrees, with great results. I've also used some of the other yeast strains already mentioned, like German ale yeast 1007, and Pacman, and of course California lager yeast.

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