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Old 02-27-2013, 09:47 PM   #1
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Hey everyone! I have a few questions. I plan on brewing Sunday. I am doing an IPA for my first batch. My questions are:
1. I do not have my wine thief yet. Any suggestions on how to cleanly take a sample for my OG?

2. I plan on having my primary fermentation in my basement. I live in central Ohio and I believe the temperature is about 60-65 F. Is that too cool for fermentation ?



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Old 02-27-2013, 09:55 PM   #2
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Good luck on our first batch.

1) I use a turkey baster to pull a sample for the hydrometer. I make sure to sanitize it before hand. I use a plastic one but alot of people have success with stainless as well.

2) What yeast are you using?



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Old 02-27-2013, 09:58 PM   #3
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If its in a bucket use a very clean, sanitozed cup.

60 is good, 65 may be warm bc the fermentaion will raise 3-10 degrees. Watch the temps of the fermenter and if you need put it in a swamp cooler

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Thanks! I'm already hooked! I haven't even brewed my 1st batch yet and I am already planning the second.

It says it a dry ale yeast. It is Safale S-04 and while looking at the package for the name, I see it says" 53.6-77f ideally 59- 68f.

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Good luck with the brew.

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Thanks! I'm already hooked! I haven't even brewed my 1st batch yet and I am already planning the second.

It says it a dry ale yeast. It is Safale S-04 and while looking at the package for the name, I see it says" 53.6-77f ideally 59- 68f.
It's always better to be at the lower end of the ideal range. So 60 would be best, if you can keep it there
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Thanks!



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