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Old 03-13-2013, 09:22 PM   #1
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Well I made the mistake of not watching the weather. Today will be close to 80 degrees outside and I have a batch fermenting in the closet. The room will probably keep at 70, add in fermentation and the wort may climb to 75-78 degrees. I am making a white house porter with Danstar Nottingham yeast. The website says for optimum fermentation the temps should be between 57-70 degrees. So, if my beer ferments at 75 degrees will that be a real bad thing? I know the warmer conditions will make it ferment fast and create an estery aroma, which is normal for this english style yeast.

The problem is that I am at work for 2 days so there is no way I can control the temps. My wife hates my hobby, there is no way she is willing to help unfortunately. I know this beer will be drinkable but what effects am I looking at due to these conditions?

The OG was 1.060, not too high. There is plenty of sugar for the yeast so I hope the yeast doesn't stall out in just a few days. If any damage is done, is there any way that the yeast will clean up over time in primary? I plan on leaving it in primary for 3 weeks and then transfering to secondary for a week or two so i can get another batch going. Also I keg my beer, so aging in the bottle will not be an option. Any advice would help...thanks

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Depends at what stage of fermentation the temperature raises. When the temperature rises out of the optimal range for fermentation the yeast put off some pretty rough flavors. Time does not heal those nasties. I like to try and keep my fermentation at the lower end of optimal throughout fermentation and tend to get cleaner flavored beers that way.

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Something I forgot to say above, make a swamp cooler! Its easy and will save the beer!

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When did it start fermenting? It won't terrible if it has been 4 or or 5 days at least but it is still quite not good. No place at all in the house it could be moved to that stays cooler?

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You might get a bit of some fruity esters in there, but at temps around 70 I certainly wouldn't panic. I'm confident that it will turn out just fine.

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Something I forgot to say above, make a swamp cooler! Its easy and will save the beer!
Do you have a working example you could post pics?
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To be more precise,the worst time for high temps in during initial fermentation. That time at the beginning when fermentation is most vigorous. After that,temps aren't quite as critical. And giving the beer another 3-7 days after FG is reached gives the yeast time to clean up some off flavors from the high temps. These compounds are produced normally.
But it's the high temps that raise their levels high enough to where they become off flavors. The yeasties feed on these when all the simple sugars are gone,cleaning up the beer & then settling out.

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Something I forgot to say above, make a swamp cooler! Its easy and will save the beer!
I would have if I knew that the weather was going to be so warm. Poor planning for sure on my part.

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When did it start fermenting? It won't terrible if it has been 4 or or 5 days at least but it is still quite not good. No place at all in the house it could be moved to that stays cooler?
I pitched Monday night. Fermentation began 12 hours after I pitched. So it's only been about 2 days and when I checked this morning before leaving for work the airlock was active. The 5 gal bucket could be moved down stairs where its a bit cooler. However its probably too heavy for my wife to move down stairs and she hates anything that has to do with homebrewing.
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You might get a bit of some fruity esters in there, but at temps around 70 I certainly wouldn't panic. I'm confident that it will turn out just fine.
I will drink regardless Just wondering what i should expect since I am still a noob.

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Do you have a working example you could post pics?
There are many threads on this. Google is your friend.

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To be more precise,the worst time for high temps in during initial fermentation. That time at the beginning when fermentation is most vigorous. After that,temps aren't quite as critical. And giving the beer another 3-7 days after FG is reached gives the yeast time to clean up some off flavors from the high temps. These compounds are produced normally.
But it's the high temps that raise their levels high enough to where they become off flavors. The yeasties feed on these when all the simple sugars are gone,cleaning up the beer & then settling out.
Unfortunately the temps are high and its been only 2 days. I hope the yeast will clean up nice as i am in no rush to get this into my keg.
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