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Old 08-23-2014, 01:00 PM   #11
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Definitely look into cooling the fermenter during initial fermentation. And keeping the lid on during steeping or mashing is good to keep the heat in. I like to rehydrate dry yeast to shorten the lag phase.

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Old 08-23-2014, 10:17 PM   #12
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Quick recap of maiden brew day:

I started with 6 gallons of water which was probably too much for my kettle (30 qt) because I had several boil overs. I was ready for them with a spray bottle but the trigger snapped off while battling the first one. After several relights, I finally finished the boil and began chilling with my immersion chiller. It worked great going from 200 to 85, but stalled out after that presumably because of the hose water temp, even though I tried running it through an ice bucket first.

When I poured the wort I to my fermenting bucket I was over five gallons. I just stopped it at five and tossed the rest. Rookie mistake? At that point was just ready to be done because the kids were up from their naps and were ready to play. I pitched the yeast and put the fermenter in a spare garage fridge with the temp setting on the lowest setting. Hopefully, that won't drop the temp too low for fermenting.

All in all, I had fun but definitely realized a few things I will change for next time. I'll chalk this one up to a "learning experience."

Thanks again for all the tips.

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Old 08-23-2014, 10:35 PM   #13
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That's too hot for a clean ferment. Definitely aim for 70 max on the side of the fermenter. Kyle

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Old 08-23-2014, 10:43 PM   #14
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For a double IPA will fermenting at room temp (75) be ok or should I fashion a swamp cooler? If push came to shove I could probably use the guest bath tub for the first few days with cold water and ice.
Good luck on your first batch. You'll learn something about your process every batch for a while. If the room temperature is 75F your beer will be warmer than that when it starts fermenting. I think it can potentially get up to 10F higher than ambient temperature so warmer than you want for this beer. You'll want to keep it cooler so a swamp cooler is a good idea.
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Old 08-23-2014, 10:45 PM   #15
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You added about the right amount of water, you just didn't let it boil long enough. Fermentation temperature control is critical. You could have the best technical brewing day, and pitching the yeast too hot, and/or fermentation temp too high, your beer quality will suffer. You said you could use the spare bathroom tub for a couple of days, that may be all you need. Do you have a way to stockpile some ice or blue ice? Run the water into the tub as cool as is possible, after placing bucket in tub, and if the water temperature is 70* the beer is 5* hotter usually. 75* is too hot for good beer. Cooler is better, and it is only critical for the first two, maybe three days. At that point, room temperature will be okay.

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I initially had the fermenter in a spare fridge on the warmest setting. The DIPA recipe said 60-72 was ideal, but the wort was down in the 50s and not much was going on in the first 24 hours. Worried that I let it get too cold, I pulled it out and left it at room temp overnight. This morning it was bubbling feverishly. FWIW, I am using US-05 yeast.

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