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Old 10-28-2012, 04:38 PM   #1
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Default What temp for primary fermentation

So I brewed a 5 gallon batch of Caribou Slobber yesterday. I added a pound of brown sugar right before flame out, and my adjusted OG was 1.065. I used WYeast #1332 Northern Ale yeast and did a starter about 18 hrs prior to pitching. I pitched at about 78 degrees. The specs for this yeast say temperature range is 65-75 degrees. My basement ambient temp is 68 degrees and my primary is reading 72 degrees. I know this is in range but in that range, what should I be shooting for? I just put the primary into an evaporation bath with a fan trying to get the temp down to around 70. For the best results should I shoot for higher, lower or middle of that range? Thanks.

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Shoot for 65 at the most, in my opinion. You'll be happy you did :-)

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Lower is better.

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So maybe add some ice to my bath?

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So maybe add some ice to my bath?
Yep. That's what I do. I've got a stick if frozen water bottles in the freezer and I rotate them as needed to keep temps down.
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That strain gets REALLY fruity above 70 degrees. I would have pitched at 63-64, and allowed it to warm up to about 66-68 degrees. Pitching at 78 is too warm, and then it's hard to get the temperature down. Yeast do great at being warmed up, but hate being cooled, so for next time try to get the wort cooler before pitching.

For now, a frozen water bottle in the water bath might do it.

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Time to throw some water bottles in the freezer!

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So maybe add some ice to my bath?
If you do this, you'll get shrinkage.

But seriously, I too intend to try this in conjunction with my wort cooler.

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That strain gets REALLY fruity above 70 degrees. I would have pitched at 63-64, and allowed it to warm up to about 66-68 degrees. Pitching at 78 is too warm, and then it's hard to get the temperature down. Yeast do great at being warmed up, but hate being cooled, so for next time try to get the wort cooler before pitching.

For now, a frozen water bottle in the water bath might do it.
I should have asked this question before I brewed. The packaged instructions said to pitch at 78 or lower. Once I hit 78 I got impatient..lol. Anyway...I added some ice packs to my water bath and I'm down to 67-68 degrees so far. It's the first 24 hrs of fermentation so hopefully I caught this in time. Thanks for all the input everyone. This forum has become my new favorite home
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