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Old 10-17-2011, 12:24 PM   #1
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So I made a pumpkin ale yesterday and as the title said I pitch at 74° (I know I'm supposed to pitch at fermenting temp.... but long story short that didn't happen) and I put it in my basement which is at about 65°. I'm using Wyeast 1450 Denny's and it said the maximum temp is 70° and the thermometer on the side of my fermenter says 70°. I'm aware that in middle of the carboy it can be as much as 10° higher then what it is on the out side. So now my question is is the banana flavor they only off flavor I'm going to get with this temp/yeast? I'm working on a swamp cooler now but it's already been fermenting for close to 15 hours already and I fear it'll be a pumpkin banana ale now. Thanks.

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Old 10-17-2011, 12:50 PM   #2
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You should be fine as long as you get that swamp cooler together quickly. 70 isn't crazy high. And a lot of us intentionally start our ferments a little warm and then bring it down once fermentation gets going.

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Old 10-17-2011, 12:54 PM   #3
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Oh, and if ambient temps stay at or below 65, you might not even need the swamp cooler.

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Thanks Jon, I got it down to 66. So hopefully there isn't to much banana lol

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I've pitched as high as about 80 with no bad results. Ive heard the yeast actually like it that way, as long as you get into the correct temp range within a few hours.

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Old 10-19-2011, 08:43 PM   #6
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I've pitched as high as about 80 with no bad results. Ive heard the yeast actually like it that way, as long as you get into the correct temp range within a few hours.
Me too. Aerate, pitch at 80, wrap a wet towel around it with a fan and drop it to fermenting temp. Takes off faster, I think. Never had a bad batch with this.

You definitely need it cool when it's fermenting hard, as it creates it's own heat. (Assuming you like a neutral yeast flavor)
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