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Old 08-23-2009, 12:54 AM   #1
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Default How important is temperature while beer is in secondary (brightening)

I have just racked my Extra Pale Ale into secondary and I am wondering if I need to put it in the "swamp cooler". Temperatures are keeping the stick on thermometer at about 72° to 74° right now. Is that OK? Also, I will be adding fresh dried hops in a few days, does that make a difference?

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Old 08-23-2009, 02:04 AM   #2
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I'm not an expert but I think once fermentation is complete the temp isn't too important.
The yeast's primary work is done so they won't be making esters and fusels.

Hope that holds you until someone smart turns up.

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Not at all... temp control is only really important in the initial few hours of fermentation....usually the first 72 hours to a week....

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You guys are like music to my ears. Now I can rest peacefully as my EPA sits in secondary and I can concentrate on the next batch (and the end of the NASCAR season - go Mark Martin!!!)

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+1 on the above!

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all above is true, temp doesn't matter at this point. But, if you want a really cold beer and can get it down to 30's the yeast will drop out and leave a crystal clear beer in a very short time.

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