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Old 01-07-2014, 01:40 PM   #11
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If they go dormant and later the temp goes back up they should spring back to their jobs right?

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Old 01-09-2014, 01:41 AM   #12
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Checked my gravity today. It's at 1.010. Started around 1.042 so it's close to end of fermentation. Had a sample as well from my hydrometer jar. Tastes great.

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Old 01-09-2014, 01:46 AM   #13
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I've had good luck with bottle conditioning on cold days by placing bottles in a closet with the door closed and a couple of lamps turned on inside. With incandescent bulbs, natch. Had the bottles at ~75 from an ambient 60, and could have been higher with the lamps closer and turned up to full brightness. I imagine the same thing would work just fine with a fermenter, just make sure you lay down some garbage bags or whatever to contain possible spills.

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Old 01-09-2014, 01:50 AM   #14
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Pfft.

I set my ferm chamber to swing between 59-62F in the summer when it's 100F out. Many of my recipes hit FG in 7 days. None ever take longer than 12 days.

Another guy at work brews, but he's very minimalist. No temperature control. Often ferments in the mid-to-upper-70's in the summer. He offered me a few of his beers, but I already know I'm going to hate them, so I keep delaying the inevitable.

In the winters, my ferm chamber sits in a room that drops into the mid 50's nightly. Proper collar insulation and a personal heater running in 'Fan Only' mode maintains temps no problem, even makes the compressor kick on occasionally.

If that room hits the 40's (hasn't yet this year), I switch the fan to 'Low Heat' mode, set to low, and hook it up to the controller to kick it on/off. Same range, 59-62F. Heater kicks on for maybe 1 minute per hour.

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Checked my gravity today. It's at 1.010. Started around 1.042 so it's close to end of fermentation. Had a sample as well from my hydrometer jar. Tastes great.
That's going to be some nice clean beer. Low 60s is the place to be when brewing most ales.

Brewing too cold isn't the end of the world - if the yeast does get too cold and goes dormant you can always warm it back up and rouse the yeast, no harm no foul. However, you *can't* re-do a bad ferment that was done too hot.
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