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Old 03-10-2007, 02:21 PM   #1
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Default Brew Belt and basement fermentation

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Another quick question. I started my first batch last night (Honey Amber Ale). I put the brew in my basement off the floor. This morning it is sitting at 62F. I have a brew belt, but the brew belt says that it keeps it at 75-80F. That sounds a bit warm to me, but 62F sounds a bit cold. By the way, I used a wyeast smack pack for yeast.

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Old 03-10-2007, 02:38 PM   #2
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It should ferment at 62 although just slightly higher at 68 seems to promote an active ferment. You might consider setting a timer on the brew belt so that it is not on all the time but only enough to keep the beer at the desired temp. 75-80 is to high

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I'd let it sit at 62. If your worried you can always set it on a blanket or towel to get it off the floor a bit

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It should ferment at 62 although just slightly higher at 68 seems to promote an active ferment. You might consider setting a timer on the brew belt so that it is not on all the time but only enough to keep the beer at the desired temp. 75-80 is to high
Thanks for the suggestion. Don't know why I didn't think of it. I already had a timer for the Christmas lights, so I just used that. Set it to be on for one hour, then off for one hour. Seems to be holding about 67 degrees now.
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I took my brew bet, put it around a plastic bucket. I took my glass carboy and put it inside the bucket, the air between the sidewalls of the bucket and carboy kept the temp slightly cooler than the 75-80 degree. Doing this it maintained a 70-71 degree temp.

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Thanks for the suggestion. Don't know why I didn't think of it. I already had a timer for the Christmas lights, so I just used that. Set it to be on for one hour, then off for one hour. Seems to be holding about 67 degrees now.
67 is pretty near perfect.
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