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Old 10-14-2010, 03:39 AM   #1
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So my shed was getting too cold..into the mid 60's so I moved my fermenter into a dark spot under my bar. Its 70F in there. The fermentation SEEMS to have slowed to a point where I cannot see anything coming from the airway. I moved it as smooth as I could but Im sure it stirred up a little. Im hoping the change in temp didnt hurt anything, especially since fermentation has slowed so much. I read a few places that some people move their fermenter to a warmer area (74-75) once ferm. slows. Then they cold crash after a week or so. I plan on doing this. Anyway, I hope my brew is ok!

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Old 10-14-2010, 04:28 AM   #2
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you basically have moved it to a warmer area, so i would just let it ride out there for a week or two, crash cool it and keg/bottle it.

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Old 10-14-2010, 05:01 AM   #3
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mid 60's should be perfect temp shouldn't it?

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Old 10-14-2010, 06:28 AM   #4
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Airlock is not a good indication of fermentation. That said, you probably shook all the CO2 bubbles off the side of the container when moving it and they'll have to build back up before it starts releasing again.

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Old 10-14-2010, 06:42 AM   #5
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It's going to be fine. If the bulk of fermentation was done (krausen has dropped), moving it to the warmer temps was probably the way to go. If fermentation was just getting started, I would have left it in the cooler temps.

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Old 10-14-2010, 06:49 AM   #6
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It's going to be fine. If the bulk of fermentation was done (krausen has dropped), moving it to the warmer temps was probably the way to go. If fermentation was just getting started, I would have left it in the cooler temps.
what will moving it to a warmer temp do? do i not need to keep mine at 65 now that most of my fermentation has taken place?
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Moving the fermenter to a warmer location at the end of fermentation will help the yeast reach full attenuation. Doing so sooner can create esters and fusels, which are generally undesirable. I personally warm mine once the krausen has dropped.

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Old 10-14-2010, 02:35 PM   #8
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I was just affraid that the temp dropped too fast and my yeast are in some sort of suspension.

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I was just affraid that the temp dropped too fast and my yeast are in some sort of suspension.
If they are, they'll come out of it shortly. I'm not aware of many yeast strains that won't ferment in the 60s. My guess is that the yeast either slowed down a bit or you moving the fermenter knocked a lot of CO2 out of suspension in one swoop so the airlock just isn't as active now because there's less out-gassing going on. Trust your hydrometer and don't worry about it.
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Old 10-14-2010, 06:26 PM   #10
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I use an Igloo 60qt Icecube as a swamp cooler at home. I put the BB in the cooler after brewing and pitched my starter (a mix of WLP029 and WLP051, dont ask, i drank alot that day) and in my infinite wisdom, tossed a few bottles of ice in with it when the ambient temp in my apartment was about 66. Fast forward to morning, the beer is coming out of the airlock and desperately needs a blow off which i put on. The kicker is that the beer is at 52ish degrees. So yeah, dont worry about the yeasties, i dont think they know how to sleep haha.

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