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Old 08-29-2012, 07:35 AM   #1
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Default Bottle conditioning at 90-95 defrees?

Guys,

Running out of room in the house to store beer. I just bottled a double IPA tonight. I added DME for carb, batch primed.

Question is, my garage gets to be 90-95 degrees some days when it's 100 outside. Is that too warm to condition?

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Old 08-29-2012, 07:38 AM   #2
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I'd say you're about on the edge but if a pinch, it might be ok. The big issue would be temp swings. If it gets to 95 during the day and drops down to 65 in the night and back up to 95... that can be bad for the beer. You want temps as stable as possible. Perhaps if you have them stored in something with some thermal mass... so when temps hit 95, it only gets up to 80 in the beer storage, and when it drops to 65, it only gets down to 75 before morning. Something with some mass like jugs of water, and then surrounded with an insulator?

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Dude, a corny keg has a foot print of like 9 inches. If you don't have room for that it's time to get serious about a bigger keezer or it's time to slow down the pipeline.

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Dude I wish I was kegging, but these are bottles I need to condition.

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Dude I wish I was kegging, but these are bottles I need to condition.
when you ask anything about bottling, militant keggers show up.

90-95 isn't ideal. It wont ruin the beer, but summer happens and it won't be its best.
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when you ask anything about bottling, militant keggers show up.

90-95 isn't ideal. It wont ruin the beer, but summer happens and it won't be its best.
Trust me, beers get highly affected by high temps. I do NOT recommend conditioning above 75F.

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when you ask anything about bottling, militant keggers show up.

90-95 isn't ideal. It wont ruin the beer, but summer happens and it won't be its best.
Wow, militant keggers? Really? If you used a saison yeast you'd be just a little out of the temp range. But for what it's worth, I made a mistake. And I'm sorry.
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when you ask anything about bottling, militant keggers show up.

90-95 isn't ideal. It wont ruin the beer, but summer happens and it won't be its best.
Every bottling thread, there's always at least one who chimes in about kegging. Usually with a post that makes you wonder if they even read that the OP was bottling. Kegging's great, I keg most of my beer, whoopie for me, right?! But not everyone's set up to keg and my guess is that the vast majority of homebrewers bottle a vast majority of their beer. My $.02

I agree that 90-95 isn't ideal, to say the least, and considering the temp swings a garage is sure to have, it might not be the best place to bottle condition a brew. I do have to add that in speaking with a brewer at Grand Teton, I learned that they use a 'warm room', at ~85 degrees, to bottle condition their bottled beers. She said this allows them to carb faster and more consistently and my guess the 'warm room' is a fairly common practice in the commercial world. In the OP's case, the temp swings are the main concern.... a couple few cases (assumption) of beer stack pretty small, do you have a closet or shelf somewhere indoors with a more consistent temp, even if it's not the 'ideal' room temp?
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I'd say you're about on the edge but if a pinch, it might be ok. The big issue would be temp swings. If it gets to 95 during the day and drops down to 65 in the night and back up to 95... that can be bad for the beer. You want temps as stable as possible. Perhaps if you have them stored in something with some thermal mass... so when temps hit 95, it only gets up to 80 in the beer storage, and when it drops to 65, it only gets down to 75 before morning. Something with some mass like jugs of water, and then surrounded with an insulator?
Interesting. I wonder if you could just store them in a cooler or plastic bin of water itself (so long as you haven't labelled the bottles yet). I don't think a filled bottle would be buoyant, and the water itself has a specific heat of 1, so it's not likely to be affected by huge temperature fluctuations.

Caveat... I have NO experience in matters such as this per se. It's just a theory that maybe someone with more know-how could confirm or disconfirm...
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when you ask anything about bottling, militant keggers show up.
LOL

funny stuff. im going to need to spend some time myself this weekend working up a place to store my conditioning bottled beer
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