Originally Posted by JimFowler
Cool .... still learning about this site, pretty awesome.
On the temp, I had that room around 72 degrees pretty consistently, and the temp may have fallen to around 65.... (the entire episode has been a disaster - still having heat problems and I'm around $700 in expense so far) ... anyway, my baby is now safely at the in laws at around 70 degrees.
A cool air temperature is just about perfect for ales! I ferment most of mine at 62-64 degrees. Remember that once fermentation starts, the fermentation itself creates heat and the temperature inside the fermenter can be higher than the air temperature. I have a stick-on thermometer (like the kind for aquariums) on the outside so I can see the temperature.
This time of year is great for fermenting here in the northern hemisphere- since it's cool. When it's hot, it's really hard to keep the fermentation temperature under 70 degrees without a cool place to ferment!