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Old 02-02-2013, 06:06 PM   #1
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Default First batch done! Am I OK?

I just finished my first batch. An Amber ale from Midwest. Everything went fine, now its sitting in the primary in my cold ass house! I pitched at 70, now its sitting at 66, as there really isnt a good warm spot for it.
Is it OK?

Btw, the IC that I made ROCKS! Down to 70 in 15 min.

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Old 02-02-2013, 06:31 PM   #2
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Yeah,66F is a good temp if you can hold it there for ale yeasts on average. Ain't winter grand after all?!
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Yep, you're good. 66 is better than 70 for most ales. 62 would be even better, IMO. Congrats on your first brew!!

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Sounds like your beer is OK. You, on the other hand, will probably never be OK again...

Welcome to the obsession!

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Welcome to the obsession!
No doubt! The second batch is already in the works, and I just cleaned up from the first one...
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Congrats on your first! And like the others said....better off at 66F or even a little lower.....70F a bit high....I never ferment my ales that high.....welcome to the obsession

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I thought ales liked to ferment higher? 75ish? No? Obviously not I guess.
Thanks! My SG seemed a tad high, 1.048, shouldve maxed at 1.046.
No big deal, right? It gets checked before pitching, correct?

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I thought ales liked to ferment higher? 75ish? No? Obviously not I guess.
Thanks! My SG seemed a tad high, 1.048, shouldve maxed at 1.046.
No big deal, right? It gets checked before pitching, correct?
Belgian ales like mid 70s. Mid 60s for most other ales. Makes for a "cleaner" tasting beer. And that little difference in gravity won't hurt anything. It may give you a little more alcohol but that's about it. Now the hard part...the wait.
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Yep, you're good. 66 is better than 70 for most ales. 62 would be even better, IMO. Congrats on your first brew!!
Agree. My basement holds abuot 58-60 this time of year and it is perfect for fermenting ales.

Congrats on your first brew, and welcome to the hobby/addiction.
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I thought ales liked to ferment higher? 75ish? No? Obviously not I guess.
Thanks! My SG seemed a tad high, 1.048, shouldve maxed at 1.046.
No big deal, right? It gets checked before pitching, correct?
Nope, honestly IME, most ale yeasts work best if the ambient temp (immediately around the fermenter) is in the high 50s to low 60s. Fermentation creates heat, and you'll want to keep that fermentation below 70. I do most of my ale fermentations with the fermenter in a water bath ("swamp cooler") that I keep at 60-62 F.
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