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Old 06-22-2012, 11:19 AM   #1
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Default Heat too much for okc, and my fermentation?

Hello fellow brew superstars,

This past saturday I brewed a nut brown ale 5 gallon batch and pitched a rehydrated packet of nottingham yeast. I had "vigorous" swirling and co2 activity within 5 hours. I also had a good 3 inches of krausen buildup which has now subsided. I live in CT and since this past wed. (4 days into fermentation) we have had a serious heat wave. It has been 82° in my place for the past 3 days. Should I be worried about off flavors and possibly a larger than expected buildup of esters?

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Old 06-22-2012, 12:11 PM   #2
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Perhaps, but it sounds like the bulk of the fermentation occurred with in the first few days. Yeast are much more tolerant to higher temperatures when they are cleaning up after themselves after the initial fermentation. I wouldn't worry, your beer will be drinkable and, more than likely, good!

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Old 06-22-2012, 12:21 PM   #3
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I agree, I think it'll be fine being that it sounds like peak ferm has passed. But man, if that heat wave came a few days earlier, you'd be in for some funk with that notty!

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Hypothetically speaking, what would of happened if I had fermented in 80° temps. What kind of off flavors would occur? A lot of fruitiness?

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Old 06-22-2012, 03:19 PM   #5
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Hypothetically speaking, what would of happened if I had fermented in 80° temps. What kind of off flavors would occur? A lot of fruitiness?
Notty gets more than fruity at high temps. Nailpolish remover comes to mind. Sounds like this time you got by, look into a swamp bucket setup to keep temps in check.
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No air conditioning in OKC?

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Old 06-22-2012, 03:46 PM   #7
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Ha, I live in connecticut, was referring to oklahoma city thunder. But yes we do have ac but I'm a frugal man who only turns on ac when my wife threatens me. A happy wife is a happy home.

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