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Old 07-07-2011, 12:42 PM   #1
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What is the warmest that people ferment this yeast? I've heard it likes to stop around 1030. I was thinking about doing the secondary in my garage, which usually is around 85-95 degrees this time of year. Will that get the job done?

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Old 07-07-2011, 12:48 PM   #2
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The 85-95 range is good for the entire fermentation process, but just as important is consistency. If your garage gets cool at night and warm during the day you'll have problems. I'd try to avoid more than a 5 degree temperature swing (less is better.)

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Old 07-07-2011, 12:58 PM   #3
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I have a heater that I can set the temp on to make sure that it stays over 85 at night. It's pretty hot in there in the mornings though, so I'm not too concerned about temp swings.

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Old 07-07-2011, 06:46 PM   #4
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I have had the best luck keeping it at 85' and not any higher.

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Old 07-08-2011, 01:28 AM   #5
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A water bath will help cushion the swings, too.

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Old 07-09-2011, 02:13 AM   #6
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I too have this yeast, I was going to do an aquarium heater/cooler water bath setup, and keept it at about 92 degrees, I hear this strain lets off good flavors at higher temps. Should I ramp my fermentaion from about80 to 92 over the course of 3 days or so?

Anybody have experience ferment ramping this strain?

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Old 07-09-2011, 02:47 AM   #7
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I usually ferment mine in the 82-84 range. Don't secondary it. Leave it on the primary cake until it's finished. Even if it stalls, it will finish eventually. It may take another 6 weeks, but it will drop pretty low.

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I'm using this for the first time too. Temp kept dropping in my ac'd house. I live in Florida and it's July, so I put it in an igloo ice cube and put it in a somewhat insulated shed which kept it around 85-90 degrees. Then it started raining so I brought it in and put a heat pad in the cooler to keep the temp the same. I'm thinking about calling it "The Prodigal Son Saison" since I kicked it's somewhat unruly a$$ out and it's been good since it returned indoors.
I had airlock activity starting at about 11 hours and stopped at about 24 hours. It's been a week now and I have a good layer of bubbles, and I'm at 1.034, so I know it is going well from everything else I have read about this yeast. It has a nice banana bread smell to it. I'll secondary mine, but not for at least 4 weeks or longer depending on when it gets to single digits.
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I'm using this for the first time too. Temp kept dropping in my ac'd house. I live in Florida and it's July, so I put it in an igloo ice cube and put it in a somewhat insulated shed which kept it around 85-90 degrees. Then it started raining so I brought it in and put a heat pad in the cooler to keep the temp the same. I'm thinking about calling it "The Prodigal Son Saison" since I kicked it's somewhat unruly a$$ out and it's been good since it returned indoors.
I had airlock activity starting at about 11 hours and stopped at about 24 hours. It's been a week now and I have a good layer of bubbles, and I'm at 1.034, so I know it is going well from everything else I have read about this yeast. It has a nice banana bread smell to it. I'll secondary mine, but not for at least 4 weeks or longer depending on when it gets to single digits.
Good luck.
You are at the dreaded 1.030 range - unfortunately 3724 1st gen often stalls at this gravity and creeps towards attenuation. Just be prepared to wait it out for another few weeks.
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2 months with this yeast i finished at 1.02. the finished beer is a little too sweet for me. Next time i think i will use the french strain.

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