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Old 11-16-2013, 02:51 PM   #11
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But probably not good to try and start at 60 either. I tied this week and it didn't work. I had cooled the wort to 62 and pitched yeast (S-05) cooled to about the same temp. I sat in a 60 degree basement and checked the temp the next day. The stick on thermometer showed 60 and there was no sign of activity. At 24 hours or so I brought it up stairs and as the temp got to 66 over the next 14 hours it started developing a 1/4 layer of krausen. I then took it back the basement and put a towel around it. It has been maintaining about 64 degrees and is bubbling along.

It never did get any giant krausen but seems to be fermenting.

I am thinking a water bath and an aquarium heater will be the answer for winter.

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emp will do fine with US-05. Cooler ferment temps take longer,but are cleaner.
I used it in my robust porter @ 67F,& it took till this morning,the 4th day,to get through initial fermentation. it's bubbling more slowly now,creeping down to FG. So cooler is better,but only to the lower range of that yeasts' sweet spot.

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