Originally Posted by Nosnum
I know this is going to be a very general question but here it goes. I have brewed two batches, one was supposed to get down to at least 1.016 but it only got to 1.021 or so. My other batch got down to around 1.018 or so which was alright. My question is generally, is 70 degrees alright for fermenting? I know this is very general, but for ales there has to be some sort of rule of thumb right?
Also, I know I am going to have to get a fridge in order to brew during the summer. Are there any suggestions? I have seen a Sanyo one mentioned quite a few times because you can turn it into a kegerator. Would this be the path I should go? I do plan on kegging once I am a comfortable brewer!
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70F is good for most ales depending on the yeast you used. I like 68F for my ales. As far as your gravity discrepancies, more specifics about your recipe will help(style, ingredients, pitching temp, fermentation duration, etc.). Do a search on the Sanyo on this site and you'll find plenty of info. Freecycle and craigslist are good places to look for fridges. As far as temp control, get a 2 stage controller. I wish I did. That way you can cool in the summer and heat in the winter. I've only been brewing about a year but someone with more experience will probably chime in.