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Old 08-19-2013, 12:06 AM   #1
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Default Fermentation took 2 days

I brewed a batch of beer that called for cooling the wort to 70 degrees F. That seems a little low since yeast is usually active at luke warm temperature. When I pitched the yeast the wort seemed a little cold even though the temp registered at 70 degrees F which is what the directions called for. It isnt a lager, just a regular run of the mill red ale. It didn't start fermenting until 48 hours after I moved the wort to a warmer place. My question is now that it is fermenting, do I need to worry about bacterial contamination? I don't want to get sick. Thanks!

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Old 08-19-2013, 12:13 AM   #2
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You're ok. The alcohol will prevent any bacterial growth. Also I really don't think 70 was too cool for fermentation. You probably just didn't notice the fermentation taking place. Give beer a chance and let it sit for a few weeks. Check the gravity and taste it. If needed let it sit in the fermenter for a while longer. Bottle it and let it sit some more.

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Old 08-19-2013, 12:14 AM   #3
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You won't get sick for sure. If its bad as in infection....you won't want to drink it anyway.

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Old 08-19-2013, 12:49 AM   #4
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I usually ferment my ales to start out at 68-70 degrees and try never to go above 72. So I pich my yeast at what ever temp my wort is. Did you use a starter or was the yeast fresh? Sometimes if you have a lot of head space in your fermenter you won't see any action right away because it hasn't built up enough pressure yet. I'd worry after 3 days if there's no action at all.

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Old 08-19-2013, 12:53 AM   #5
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Anf as far as contamination as long as all your equipment was properly sanatized and you havnt opened it you shoukd be fine as far as bacteria

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