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Old 03-19-2010, 09:01 PM   #1
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So its been a few days and I have seen my fermentation form a nice foamy krausen, and now the head has almost gone and you can see the surface of the beer.

I read online, i think Palmers, that towards the end of the first stage of fermentation, if you drop the temps, which i could do in my wine cellar or basement, it can help make better beer. Is this something I should take advantage of or steer clear of? I wouldnt want to accidentily stop fermentation and I wont be taking gravity readins on this batch (I cant) or I would.

Right now its in a room about 70 in temp.

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Old 03-19-2010, 09:09 PM   #2
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If you can't take gravity readings, I suggest leaving it.

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Old 03-20-2010, 01:23 AM   #3
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If i were to throw caution to the wind, what are the problems that could happen?

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If i were to throw caution to the wind, what are the problems that could happen?

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In theory, you could inhibit the yeasts from finishing their jobs. This would leave you with a lower alcohol, somewhat sweeter beer.

In reality, no idea without a gravity reading. You could have nailed it or all we know.
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Old 03-20-2010, 04:03 AM   #5
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true after doing some research about coopers yeast, the ideal temp would be lower then where I have it, but still well within acceptable temperature.

The 1st phase of fermentation finished at 5 days, typically 2 to 7 days. I will let it go a few more days where it is. Then bring it to the basement which is not much colder, specially with the warm March we are having. I want to bottle there anyway.

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