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Old 12-29-2010, 07:49 PM   #1
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Is it ok to keep the brew in my basement while it is fermenting? My basement is chilly but not cold. I would say it is 50 at the lowest ever?

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Old 12-29-2010, 07:57 PM   #2
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50 sounds too cold. Check the recommended fermentation temperature of the yeast you will be using.

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Old 12-29-2010, 07:58 PM   #3
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Really depends on what yeast you are using. For a lager, 50 would usually be acceptable for fermentation, but 50 would be way too low for say a Belgian Ale strain.

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I havent picked out a yeast yet, but i was wondering what is the normal range?

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Thats exactly it... the "normal range" depends on the strain of yeast. For example: Wyeast 1007 German Ale likes to ferment at 55-68 degrees. Whereas Wyeast 1214 Belgian Abbey likes to ferment at 68-78 degrees and Wyeast 2001 Urquell Lager likes 48-56 degrees.

See http://www.wyeastlab.com/hb_yeaststrain.cfm for specifics on Wyeast products; http://www.whitelabs.com/beer/homebrew_strains.html for Whitelabs... and most online HBS's will have the details as well (to include the dry strains).

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Understood, so what are some methods people use to keep it warm in the winter?

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I turn up the heat in my house. Probably a much more efficient way.

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The brew belt is one way. A lot of people keep their fermenter in a bin of water and use an aquarium heater to heat the water.
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Old 12-29-2010, 09:47 PM   #9
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I like the tub of water idea since I have a saltwater fish tank I should have everything

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I keep it in a closet in my house. Right around 68 degrees

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