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Old 02-11-2013, 12:39 PM   #1
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Fermometer says its 76 in there.....

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Old 02-11-2013, 01:29 PM   #2
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most people like ales to be in the 60s

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Old 02-11-2013, 01:29 PM   #3
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I would say yes. That may likely result in off flavors. Before I truly understood managing temps, I had a batch that fermented at 78. It was gross; very harsh alcohol taste. I've had it sitting in bottles for a while, hoping it would improve; but I don't think it will get better.

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That really depends on the strain of yeast you're using. For most yeast strains, 76 is too hot. Which yeast strain did you pitch?

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That really depends on the strain of yeast you're using. For most yeast strains, 76 is too hot. Which yeast strain did you pitch?
Safale S-04

Ambient air temp in the area is 68-70
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You generally want to aim for the lower end of the yeast fermentation recommended temperature. Keep in mind fermentation is exothermic. Meaning it will generate its own heat so it will be warmer than what your ambient temp is. A cheap easy way to control temps is to use a big keg tub and put the fermenter in it and surround the fermenter with water to almost the level of wort in the fermenter. Then add frozen water bottles as needed to keep the temps within range.

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Get the temp down to below 70......

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Ill move it when I get home from work, wish I could go home and move it now!

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lol... Don't worry too much, we've all done it..........

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Yeast was not made to go to 11!

I think it would be best to get the ambient down around 60...

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