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Old 02-18-2009, 06:25 PM   #1
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Default ideal temperature for bavarian wheat?

I have my primary fermenter at about 71-72 F right now. Is that too hot?

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Old 02-18-2009, 06:26 PM   #2
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Nope not if you want the Banana Flavor, I ferment mine around 75

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Old 02-18-2009, 06:32 PM   #3
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does this apply for all ales or just wheats?

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It applies to beers where the esters the yeast produced are wanted as part of the flavor profile. Things like wheat beers and Belgians wouldn't taste the same without these esters.

For other styles you usually want to keep these in check since they are not usually wanted in the finished product.

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does this apply for all ales or just wheats?
Ideal temp for ales is in the 64-72 range, although some ale yeasts ferment well down to 57 and some up to 80 degrees. A Bavarian wheat should have some banana so low to mid 70's is fine. Just check the ideal temp range for your particular yeast to see where you should be.
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I've had mine close to 68 with WLP300 and the banana/clove seems balanced just the way I want it.

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I've had mine close to 68 with WLP300 and the banana/clove seems balanced just the way I want it.
i usually ferment mine in the 68-69 degree range too and find the balance just right. I use Wyeast 3638.
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Old 02-18-2009, 08:17 PM   #8
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alright well it sounds like I will be fine at 72. i'll keep it where it is now and see what happens.

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