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Old 12-27-2010, 04:44 PM   #1
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I am just starting my first batch and have a VERY rookie temperature question. I am using the True Brew Amber Ale kit. I got it into the fermenter last night and it is bubbleing away happily this afternoon. The initial S.G. is 1.042.

My question is this: I have it located in my basement which is very stable temperature wise. The stick on thermometer is reading 57-58 degrees. I have a couple other locations in the house where I could locate the fermenter. The other spots would be warmer, but not as steady. The first floor would mean air temperatures between 60 and 72, the second floor would be between 60 and 74. I am worried that the basement is too cool, but that the other locations are not consistant enough.

Should I move the fermenter? Any advice would be appreciated!

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Old 12-27-2010, 04:49 PM   #2
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Ale yeasts do best in 60-75 degree F environments. I would consider moving it to the second floor if that is possible.

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Old 12-27-2010, 04:52 PM   #3
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That does sound a bit cool for an ale. What yeast are you using?
Mid-sixties are more normal for most ale yeasts. That 60-72 location sounds OK.
The temperature fluctuations won't affect the fermenting wort as quickly since it has a larger thermal mass than free air. Try to put it in a closet or somewhere that A) is in the middle of that 60-72 range and B) doesn't fluctuate as much.

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Old 12-27-2010, 04:54 PM   #4
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Welcome to HBT!

IMO, your basement's temperature for fermentation is quite cool. Like high temps, low temps stress the yeast out which can cause unwanted off-flavours.

I would put the fermentor in a warmer room, but what you could do is put it into a bucket of room temperature water. The water temperature will stay much more stable than the fluctuating air temperature. Another option would be to warm up the basement somehow, but this would be costly (electricity-wise) and could be problematic, as you might warm things up too much.

My two bits. There will certainly be more ideas from other HBTers.

Good luck.

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Old 12-27-2010, 04:59 PM   #5
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Maybe somewhere in the basement where warm air collects? Like at the top of a stairway behind a door...

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Old 12-27-2010, 05:34 PM   #6
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Thanks all for the quick replys!

I will move it to a spot that is warmer and as stable as possible. We partially heat with wood, so the temperatures can fluctuate quite a bit depending on if we are home. I'll report back in a day or two and let you all know what the new temperature is.


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Old 12-27-2010, 10:39 PM   #7
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is it on the floor? I know my basement floor is freezing cold, and would chill the beer. Is 57-58 the temp from your bucket sticker or a thermometer (air temp)?

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You can always place a blanket or two or better yet temp adjustable electric blanker on the fermenter. Warming the air around the fermenter to 65 and keeping it there will go a long way.

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My vote is to put it on the first floor inside a giant rubbermaid (or other vessel) filled with water. The water will stabilize the temperature of the fermentation to the "average" temperature of the room.

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Old 12-28-2010, 01:33 PM   #10
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I moved it to the second floor in a corner that is away from the middle of the house (which is the source of the heat and so has the widest fluctuations). It has risen to 64 degrees as measured by the stick on thermometer. It seems much happier and is bubbleing away. I will keep an eye on the temperature and see if it changes much over the course of the next couple days.


Thanks for all the help!

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