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Old 10-27-2007, 01:24 PM   #1
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I'm trying to brew a kolsch right now, and I'm having trouble getting the fermenter down to the right temp. For now, I have a wet towel wrapped around it with part of it dipped in water to sort of act as a wick. The temp right now is around 73 F.

Is there a better way to get it down to 60-65ish?

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Old 10-27-2007, 03:05 PM   #2
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Put the fermenter in a box (I built one out of thick styrofoam) and put a frozen water jug in the box. Change the jug as needed to keep the temp within 5 degrees of the desired temp. There are plans for much more elaborate boxes with digitally controlled fans, but I find my box can do the trick as long as you pay close attention to it.

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Old 10-27-2007, 03:37 PM   #3
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I have another question, my kolsch has been in the primary for about 12 hours and normally any other brew would be bubbling through the airlock about twice to three times per second. This kolsch has been bubbling about once every 20 seconds, and it seems to be slowing down. Am I going to have a stuck fermentation on my hands?

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Possibly the wort was not aerated enough. I might be tempted to slightly nudge the fermenter a few times to try to get things going. What type of yeast did you use? Dry yeast usually takes off very quickly and after twelve hours may be slowing down already.

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I used white labs liquid kolsch yeast

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Old 10-27-2007, 04:09 PM   #6
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Part of the problem may be because your temperature is too high. It is recommended that a white labs Kolsch be fermented at 65-69 degrees. If you are at 73 degrees, it may be sowing down fermentation (just a guess?) You will probably have a fruity tasting beer at that high temp.

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Old 10-27-2007, 04:15 PM   #7
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Well I moved it out to the laundry room which is always colder than the rest of the house, and it's at about 60 - 65 out there. I also stirred up the wort with a sanitized spoon, so hopefully that helps out.

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