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Old 04-28-2009, 01:13 AM   #1
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so i was out of town this weekend and forgot to leave the a/c on in my apartment. temps got up to near 100, unfortunately. i have 2 batches that were most likely done fermenting, as they were made 10 days earlier. but i am wondering if these high temps will alter or ruin my beer. any thoughts?

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Old 04-28-2009, 01:23 AM   #2
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After 10 days I doubt you'll have a problem. I only really worry about mine during the first 5 days, during the lag stage and the active fermentation stage.

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Actually, some yeast strains are started at low temps and raised to higher temps to ensure complete fermentation. So while it is highly unlikely that you hurt your beer, you may have even helped it! Of course, 100 is a bit out of the range that yeasts like, but as they were warming up they might have enjoyed it. Call it 'Spring Heat Ale' or something more clever than that, and enjoy it!

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Holy crap! 100F in an apt. in VA? In April?

I think it should be ok, but maybe suffered a little bit.

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yup! it was really in the 90s but i figured with the windows closed and the sun beaming in, prob close to 100

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Ahh spring, the time of year when you leave for work, and it's 40 degrees outside and your inside temp is 60....and when you come home it is 80 outside and you can fry and egg on TOP of your fridge...the time of year we homebrewer's with West facing windows, just love.

If you do a search for temp contol or swamp coolers you will see some off the ingenious ways we've come up with...mine's not too ingenuis, it's just a rubbermade bin that can hold 2 5 gallon buckets, or any other combination...plus t-shirts to work as water wicks.

It can work in several combinations of fermenters.





I figured out with the 3 gallon square sided betterbottles I could get between 6 and 8 of those bad boys in there.



I've gotten down to about 57 in the heat of summer with that setup.

But don't count that beer out, even if it doesn't taste good after 3 weeks in the bottle, read what happened to my last year's "Spring heatwave" beer.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/never-dump-your-beer-patience-virtue-time-heals-all-things-even-beer-73254/

Not to mention the followup to it in the thread...http://www.homebrewtalk.com/862209-post48.html

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Ahh spring, the time of year when you leave for work, and it's 40 degrees outside and your inside temp is 60....and when you come home it is 80 outside and you can fry and egg on TOP of your fridge...the time of year we homebrewer's with West facing windows, just love.

If you do a search for temp contol or swamp coolers you will see some off the ingenious ways we've come up with...mine's not too ingenuis, it's just a rubbermade bin that can hold 2 5 gallon buckets, or any other combination...plus t-shirts to work as water wicks.

It can work in several combinations of fermenters.





I figured out with the 3 gallon square sided betterbottles I could get between 6 and 8 of those bad boys in there.



I've gotten down to about 57 in the heat of summer with that setup.

But don't count that beer out, even if it doesn't taste good after 3 weeks in the bottle, read what happened to my last year's "Spring heatwave" beer.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/never-dump-your-beer-patience-virtue-time-heals-all-things-even-beer-73254/

Not to mention the followup to it in the thread...http://www.homebrewtalk.com/862209-post48.html
You'll ferment in anything won't you? It's a beautiful site.
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Sweet story Revvy! Ill let you know how they turn out...

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