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Old 06-25-2010, 09:26 PM   #1
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Default Fridge went out! what do I do?

The extra fridge went out and we don't have room in the fridge in the kitchen for a 5 gal batch. After fermentation can I just bottle and keep the bottles in a closet? 70 deg normally. Or would that be asking for exploding bottles and/or skunky beer?

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Old 06-25-2010, 09:41 PM   #2
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It all depends how long its fermenting and what the final gravity is. If it is at the target FG and its been about 2 weeks or more then bottle. If you don't think its quite there yet, set up a swamp cooler.

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Old 06-26-2010, 03:07 AM   #3
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If it is finished fermenting and clearing (reached final gravity and hasn't changed for about a couple of weeks), go ahead and bottle and put in your closet. What can you clear out of your primary fridge to make room for you brew?

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Old 06-26-2010, 04:09 AM   #4
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70 is about the ideal temp for bottle conditioning anyways. sounds perfect. longterm storage temps may be ideal a bit lower(55*?) but prolly not that critical unless you are aging something for a long time.

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Old 06-26-2010, 04:37 AM   #5
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so if the primary is finished and I would normally bottle condition at 70 then I can just leave them at that same temp? I'd normally rack and condition at 68-70 for a week and a half, then refrigerate. But since there's no room I just wanted to make sure that a month of 70 deg storage would be alright. I imagine I'd be able to drink em all by the end of a month so I can't imagine storage at 70 deg for longer than 2 months.

So just to clarify, this would be my normal procedure..

1. Primary fermentation for 9-14 days or until gravity is reached
2. Either secondary fermentation or rack to bottles and condition at ~70 degrees for 9-14 days
3. Refrigerate and enjoy

But because i lost a fridge this is what I hope I can do...

1. Primary fermentation for 9-14 days or until gravity is reached
2. Either secondary fermentation or rack to bottles and condition at ~70 degrees for 9-14 days
3. Storage at ~70 degrees for another month or so

I just don't want to experience exploding bottles or skunky beer because I didn't refrigerate after conditioning for a week or two yaknow?

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Old 06-26-2010, 07:45 AM   #6
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temperature effects the creation of off flavors, especially oxidation. You will have no trouble in 70 degrees for 2 months. For really light-flavored beers you might start picking up some off character after 3 months or so.

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Make sure it dont fermenting. Bottle & endure.

Find a garbage air conditioner, and buid a cold room.

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