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Old 01-07-2006, 05:58 PM   #1
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I live in Texas so it usualy doesnt drop to low here but we are supposed to get down to the 40s this week and i am planing on starting a batch. My only concern is how low of a temp can the yeast handle?

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Old 01-07-2006, 06:04 PM   #2
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hey edmond! do you know Reverand McCullum? used to be the Methodist preacher there in Rusk. great guy! married my ex-wife and I....
any who.....depends on the yeast your using. what do you plan to use?

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No sorry, don't recollect him.

The yeast is the dry yeast that comes with the G&G Irish Red Ale kit, so i don't know exactly.

Sorry I am new to beer brewing, have done wine in the past, but not beer.

BTW thanks for the quick response DeRoux.

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Edmond, how's Jacopo the Maggot? Haven't seen him in a while.


Most ale yeasts don't do very well below 65°, so if you can keep it inside between 65°-72° ish it should be okay. Now a lager yeast......

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Jacopo he's doin fine for a hundred and fifty year old skeleton.

Thanks for the info ORRELSE.

That leads me to a new question. It is supposed to get as low as 35 at night but 60s and 70s daytime. any suggestions on how i can keep the brew in the proper range? (e.g. insulation/blankets ect...)

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Jacopo he's doin fine for a hundred and fifty year old skeleton.

Thanks for the info ORRELSE.

That leads me to a new question. It is supposed to get as low as 35 at night but 60s and 70s daytime. any suggestions on how i can keep the brew in the proper range? (e.g. insulation/blankets ect...)
Where are you fermenting this beer? Is it going to be in a house? Temp fluctuation isn't as great as say, in a garage, but a few degrees isn't going to kill the yeast. Extremes are bad, but you can have some range.

You could always build a fermentation chiller. See DesertBrew for that.
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It is going to be in an open ended barn, I have some supplies i can build an isulated container out of that would hold the fermenter, R-factor of 16+. What are your thoughts. (Wish I had space in the house, might just put it in the bedroom lol)

Once again thanks for the quick replies, and all the help.

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An open ended barn.... hmmm.... I've had challenges in sanitation, but that one probably takes the cake with what I've had to deal with.

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Waterbed heater? I think the thermostat goes low enough, let me check....two of mine go down to 70, dunno about accuracy. If lucky, they would actually be lower...

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Build the cabinet large enough that you can stick a bucket of hot water in with the fermenter. Insulate all around. I built a cabinet in Oakland and used plastic wrapped 6" fiberglass batts, even stapled one to the door. Check the temp. each night and re-heat the water as required. (This assumes you don't have any power in the pole barn) Shoot for 60-70F or learn to lager in the winter.

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