Hi there. This is my first HBT post. I have to say, ya'll have helped me out tremendously!
So I purchased my gear and a Brewers Best ingredient kit and began my "German Altbier" a week ago.
It's been in primary for 7 days. Unfortunately, the weather here in Chicago has been incredibly hot this past week. The plastic fermenter has been sitting in a dark corner of the basement at about 75-78º.
I'm wondering...how bad is that temperature range for the beer?
Also, I've read that alts generally benefit from a prolonged secondary fermentation at lower temperatures (~45º?). I found a fridge in the basement of my apartment building (among other, less savory, things past tenants have left...) – so that is something I think I could do.
Do I even need to rack to secondary for this style of beer? Could I just put my primary in the fridge today?