I don't really consider myself a beginner (I am compared to some of you guys), but I thought this was just the best place to post this.
I just brewed a ginger beer (http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f76/ginger-ale-3rd-place-2009-hbt-bjcp-comp-141080/
). I put it in my ~58-60 deg basement for fermentation as I do all my beers, and when I checked on it today (24 hours), it was bubbling away, at 77 degrees! That's where I keep all my brews for primary and they usually cook along at 65 degrees max. This wasn't a high-OG brew, and there's barely even any krausen (let alone the need for a blow-off), but I was shocked by how hot it got.
I wrapped her in a wet towel and turned a fan on, but I've never seen something like this. Could it be from the relatively high proportion of honey? I've never used that much before; does it ferment relatively clean (by that I mean little to no krausen) and warm?
I know I'm gonna have some off flavors with this bad boy; I don't really care since there's lemon and a ton of ginger, but I thought it was interesting enough for me to share.