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Old 11-08-2006, 04:51 PM   #1
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Default 64dF too cold for Safale 04?

I've got my Redhook ESB in primary down in the basement and the stick-on fermometer is showing a solid 64. It's actually up on a milk crate in the corner because I figure directly on the slab would be a couple degrees cooler. I'm wondering if I'm nearing the temp where the yeast will go dormant. Any ideas?

I'm thinking of picking up a waterbed heating pad on ebay for this situation (and for regulating lager ferments in my 40 degree garage).

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Old 11-08-2006, 04:58 PM   #2
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If your primary is a bucket you can use a brewbelt.

How about placing it closer to the water heater?

Brewbelts are not for carboys.

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What's the packaging say? I pitched the US-56 on the porter I brewed last night, and my basement is around 62-64. When I left the house this morning, the fermometer read 64. The US-56 packaging lists the temp range for that strain as 59-74f, so I feel fine about it. Not sure if the 04 is the same.

Just check the range on the packaging and stay within it.

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Old 11-08-2006, 05:20 PM   #4
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Found on several HBS websites:

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DCL has isolated this yeast from the famous commercial brewery Whitbread. This well-known English Ale strain exhibits fast fermentation with unique sedimentation properties, helping to improve beer clarity. In the recommended temperature range of 60º-70º, the Safale S-04 will attenuate the wort down to 1008-1012 within 2 or 3 days. The ideal yeast to produce the best Ales!
Looks like you're right in the temperature range. RDWHAHB!
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Old 11-08-2006, 05:23 PM   #5
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Looks like you're right in the temperature range. RDWHAHB!
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Old 11-08-2006, 11:41 PM   #6
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If your primary is a bucket you can use a brewbelt.

How about placing it closer to the water heater?

Brewbelts are not for carboys.
Hey I was just wondering what I should use for a carboy to keep it warm, since I have to move it down to the basement because SWMBO doesn't like my fermenters in the kitchen. Ill def. be throwing a box with a blanket over it to insulate, but i don't know about keeping it warm. Same question applying to bottles. Thanks.

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I've heard you could raise an isulated box by a consistent few degrees by putting a low wattage lamp inside. Another idea is a heat rock for a reptile cage or an aquarium heater submerged in a small bucket of water. If you keep the water at 80 degrees, it's likely to warm the small compartment of surounding air. Either that or submerge the entire fermenter in a rubbermaid tub or cooler and use the heater in that water.

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