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Old 01-09-2010, 05:51 AM   #1
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Default 41F to 57F too low to start brewing?

Hey all, I just want to say I haven't even started brewing my first batch yet and I have been excited about gathering all the materials needed. So I have all the materials/ingredients to make this amber ale. http://www.hoptech.com/pdf/amber.pdf all the ingredients match except I am using Nottys yeast.

The average temp has been 41F lows around here with a 57F high. I am open to suggestions to help keep this at a more "warmer" temp.
What kind of temps should I be looking to acheieve for good fermenting?
Should I brew this with these temps and just expect a real slow process?
or shoudl I just wait till I can save enough money for some type of warming unit or spring ..haha

I know most of the experienced guys probally have fancy heaters but I am a little low on finances.

Thank you all for your help, looking forward to your answers!

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Old 01-12-2010, 03:21 PM   #2
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its too low for a ALE! i think that you need to wait till warmer temps or buy or make a temp control. or you need to find a way to stabilase temp flactuation because 16 degrees is too much of the change and make a lager.

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One thing some people use is a container of water that your fermenter can sit in with an aquarium heater heating the water to your desired fermentation temperature. This will help you brew ales when the ambient temperatures are that low...

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Old 01-12-2010, 03:35 PM   #4
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Are you fermenting outside, or is it that cold in your house?!

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Old 01-12-2010, 03:45 PM   #5
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I know a higher fermented lager is a "steam ale", right? Is it even possible to make a lower ferm ale? Say a "Freeze Ale"? Or will the yeasties not do their job? The reason I ask is, I seem to remember doing a West Coast PA once a few years ago at about 58-60F and it turned out very nice. But, 60F is much warmer than 41F.

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If the temperature gets too low then the yeast will go dormant and flocculate out. Ale fermentation temps usually bottom out around 57-58*, with the optimum temperature between the mid 60's to mid 70"s. Anything less than that and you will probably put the yeast into hibernation.

Yes "Steam" beers are lager yeasts fermented at Ale temperatures. I currently have one going right now with WL San Fransisco Lager yeast at 62*.

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its too low for a ALE! i think that you need to wait till warmer temps or buy or make a temp control. or you need to find a way to stabilase temp flactuation because 16 degrees is too much of the change and make a lager.
flactuation, isn't that supposed to say flatuation?

OP, don't ferment outside in those temps, or even in your garage. You must find a place to ferment indoors during the winter.

Like someone said before me, find a larger bucket that will hold your fermenting pail, along with some water and an aquirium heater and you are set. You should be able to find those two items for less than $20 all in.
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Are you fermenting outside, or is it that cold in your house?!
Yeah, what he said.
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Yeah, what he said.
I'm assuming outside, judging by the location. No one in CA would keep their house that cold...would they?
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Just keep your fermenter inside

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