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jvotava91 01-21-2013 02:11 AM

Bottling Temps
I am a college kid so in my house we do not like to pay expensive heating bills so we keep our house at about 60 degrees. I have read that the beers should stay at about 70 degrees in order to get it to carb. Should i invest in a space heater and heat my room up to about 70 or what would be the best option? I am going to brew an amber ale if that maters.

timduncan200021 01-21-2013 02:18 AM

Depending on your yeasts temp threshold which 60 should be fine (a little on the low side) the bottles will carbonate it will just take a longer period of time. If you have the money to hear your area I would go ahead and do it but if not you will still get carbonated beer it will just take longer

jvotava91 01-21-2013 02:23 AM

I think I might go ahead and buy a space heater i saw one at lowes the other day for 15 bucks. I think I can afford that. How much longer do you think it would take?

timduncan200021 01-21-2013 02:28 AM

Hard to say how much longer it would take at 60 rather then 70, I would say definitely at least another week up to maybe three extra weeks. What yeast did you use?

Stauffbier 01-21-2013 02:32 AM

Put a thermometer on top of your fridge, and see how warm it gets there. Usually it's pretty warm with the residual heat coming out of the fridge, and since heat rises... It might be easier to just put your bottles up there. Personally I'd be nervous running a space heater 24/7 because of the fire hazard potential.

jvotava91 01-21-2013 02:35 AM

I haven't actually brewed it yet I will brew it sometime this week I just thought I would know my plan before I actually get too deep into it.

BansheeRider 01-21-2013 05:04 AM

This heater has a internal thermostat. Should maintain at 70 degrees no problem.


jvotava91 01-21-2013 06:14 AM

Okay one last question. How do you know when its carbed? Is there a way to tell or do you just open one up and try it?

mike_in_ak 01-21-2013 08:03 AM

Just pop one 7-10 days after you bottle. That's the easiest and you get to drink a beer.

Some people use a trick where they bottle one of the brews in a plastic soda bottle with a screw on lid. The pressure builds up and when the bottle is hard you know your carbed up. This is mostly used for people looking to pasteurize sweetened ciders before they blow up.

RunBikeBrew 01-21-2013 09:56 AM

You could also go the way of putting the bottles in a big water bath with an aquarium heater. I used this method for years.

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