Happy HolidaySs Giveaway - Winners Re-Re-Re-Re-Drawn - 24 hours to Claim!

Get your HBT Growlers, Shirts and Membership before the Rush!


Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Starting Fermentation Temp.
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 06-11-2013, 03:21 AM   #1
Justin80
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Fairhope, Alabama
Posts: 5
Default Starting Fermentation Temp.

I pitched my Yeast (WLP001, smack pack) @ 80 F. Set the thermostat on fridge at 58-60 F. Is this too low for starting the fermentation process? The yeast pack says 70-74 F. I read that starting a 5 to 10 deg. lower compensates for the heat inside the carboy during fermentation, then after fermentation is done bring it to ambient temp?

__________________
Justin80 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-11-2013, 03:44 AM   #2
dickproenneke
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Posts: 261
Liked 18 Times on 17 Posts
Likes Given: 12

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Justin80
I pitched my Yeast (WLP001, smack pack) @ 80 F. Set the thermostat on fridge at 58-60 F. Is this too low for starting the fermentation process? The yeast pack says 70-74 F. I read that starting a 5 to 10 deg. lower compensates for the heat inside the carboy during fermentation, then after fermentation is done bring it to ambient temp?
Not at all. That's a fine pitching temp. I routinely pitch wlp001 at 57-58F and then ferment at 64-65F. Makes a real clean brew
__________________
"I don't want these logs looking like a Boy Scout was turned loose on them with a dull hatchet" -DP
primary 1: Desert Sky's Bombshell Blonde Ale
primary 2: :(
bottled: Sim'arillo IPA, Stout, BM's Centennial Blonde, Belgian Blonde, Citra'rillo APA, Saison, Mt. Hood Blonde
dickproenneke is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-11-2013, 04:57 AM   #3
BigFloyd
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
BigFloyd's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Tyler, Texas
Posts: 4,813
Liked 628 Times on 549 Posts
Likes Given: 575

Default

58-60*F ambient is fine for starting the ferment. After the first 3-5 days, bump it up a couple of degrees per day until you get to 68*F or so to finish.

Next time, try to get your pitch temp down to your starting fermentation temp.

If you want to be able to precisely control and monitor your fermentation temps, spend the $20 and get an STC-1000 from Amazon. Build yourself a controller outlet box with it and enjoy.
__________________
Good Temp Control -----> Happy Yeast ------> Tasty Brew
BigFloyd is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-11-2013, 05:34 AM   #4
Justin80
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Fairhope, Alabama
Posts: 5
Default

I really wanted to get my temp down to starting temp, but i had two thermometers with two different temp readings, and just took the average. Hopefully Im close enough.

__________________
Justin80 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-11-2013, 05:44 AM   #5
Brulosopher
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Fresno, CA
Posts: 2,727
Liked 210 Times on 171 Posts
Likes Given: 134

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Justin80
I really wanted to get my temp down to starting temp, but i had two thermometers with two different temp readings, and just took the average. Hopefully Im close enough.
You'll be fine as long as you get your beer chilled below 70 quickly. I pitch all of my ale 2F lower than my intended ferment temp; in the summer, this means putting my covered wort in the chamber for a few hours prior to pitching.
Brulosopher is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-11-2013, 06:31 AM   #6
diS
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Croatia
Posts: 1,018
Liked 46 Times on 44 Posts
Likes Given: 12

Default

Same here, I started to ferment in kegs so I simply toss them in keezer to get pitching temp.
You want to pitch cooler and let it rise to fermentation temperature.. also check your thermometers before pitching.

__________________

We are only 10,000 years into beer... there are thousands of years left to go!
Things are bound to change!!

Brewroom with HERMS build
Fermentation chamber and Keezer.. a.k.a. FermKeezer

diS is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-11-2013, 12:25 PM   #7
Justin80
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Fairhope, Alabama
Posts: 5
Default

thanks for all the responses.

__________________
Justin80 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-11-2013, 01:02 PM   #8
chiteface
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Saugatuck, MI
Posts: 248
Liked 11 Times on 11 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

This is all very interesting to me. My buddy starts his brews warm and moves them to a cooler temp after a few days. He said that is what Palmer has recommended in the past. Not sure of that info is still accurate though.

__________________
chiteface is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-11-2013, 02:24 PM   #9
JLem
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Attleboro, MA
Posts: 3,645
Liked 169 Times on 149 Posts
Likes Given: 4

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by chiteface
This is all very interesting to me. My buddy starts his brews warm and moves them to a cooler temp after a few days. He said that is what Palmer has recommended in the past. Not sure of that info is still accurate though.
I don't know this for sure, but I'd be surprised if this is what Palmer recommends. Most off flavors will be produced in the early stages of fermentation, particularly when temps are too warm. I anything, it is usually better to start fermentation low and then ramp the temp up at the end.

OP: when you say you set the fridge thermostat - are you setting the ambient temp in the fridge or are you setting the temp of the fermentation/fermenter?
__________________
My Hombrewing Blog

My Beer Cellar
JLem is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-11-2013, 02:33 PM   #10
unionrdr
Wannabe author
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
unionrdr's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Sheffield, Ohio
Posts: 31,023
Liked 2270 Times on 1976 Posts
Likes Given: 1703

Default

It's def better to start temp a lil low than high. It'll def warm up on it's own during fermentation. you want to control the temp at the point of initial fermentation. I also chill top off water in the fridge for a day or two before brew day. Chill the wort down to 75F or so,then top off with the chilled cold water. I can usually get it down to 60-61F this way.

__________________
Everything works if ya let it-Roady(meatloaf)
NEW, REVISED EDITION of book one of Time Lords 2034 series now on Amazon Kindle! http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NTA0L6G
My homebrewing book "Tippy Tippy Tappy" on Kindle! http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00PBAP6JO
unionrdr is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
starting new ipa temp question jayeb88 Fermentation & Yeast 5 02-24-2012 05:59 PM
Water temp starting too hot? kbrewing Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 2 02-13-2012 03:16 AM
carbonation calculator: fermentation temp, cold crash temp, bottling temp? jigidyjim Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 8 11-27-2010 01:04 AM
fermentation temp starting to fall... motobrewer Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 7 12-08-2009 06:47 PM
Starting water temp? The Bone2 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 3 01-27-2008 05:21 PM



Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS