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Old 09-02-2006, 12:59 AM   #1
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Okay, so I know that the temperature is really important during fermentation (I'm sure my family will love it when I move the brew to the ACed bedroom in the summer), but what about the first few weeks after bottling? I read that the temp should be betwee 70-80 deg. but I'm not sure how I will manage that in the middle of the NE winter.

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Old 09-02-2006, 01:54 AM   #2
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I new to brewing myself but my thinking was that I would switch to brewing lagers in the winter. You want to ferment lager between 55 and 65 degrees. I'm in Maryland and I think my basement will be perfect for it.

 
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Old 09-02-2006, 02:41 AM   #3
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Yeah, I'm not really a lager drinker, plus I don't have a basement. Fermenting won't be my problem as we keep the place a perfect 68 deg., is the bottle conditioning I'm worried about.

 
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Old 09-02-2006, 02:46 AM   #4
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Okay, so I know that the temperature is really important during fermentation (I'm sure my family will love it when I move the brew to the ACed bedroom in the summer), but what about the first few weeks after bottling? I read that the temp should be betwee 70-80 deg. but I'm not sure how I will manage that in the middle of the NE winter.

Any thoughts?
As a rule of thumb, just maintain the same temperature as your fermentation temperature. Higher temps may carbonate the beer a little faster, but you run the slight risk of introducing some off flavors by keeping temperatures that high. If I were to make any change in temperature during conditioning, I'd keep it a touch cooler (55-65) and let it go for least 3 weeks.

Of course, this whole thread leans toward ales. Lagers tend to prefer cooler temperatures throughout the fermenting and conditioning process.
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Old 09-02-2006, 03:18 AM   #5
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Just make an apple cider its easier.

 
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Old 09-02-2006, 03:27 AM   #6
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Place it nearer to the water heater or furnace to get around 70F...if it gets warmer than that just move it further away...
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Old 09-02-2006, 01:15 PM   #7
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When my son moved to florida it freed up his bedroom, which I've now made into a nano-brewery!
We live in a doublewide trailer, and instead of a central AC/heating unit, each room has it's own window AC and space heaters. So during the hot summer months here in South Carolina, I'm able to keep his room down to a nice cool 70 F. This winter, I know for a fact I can heat his room up to over 80 F with one of the space heaters with the door closed! But if left off, it gets very chilly in here, down below 50 F if it's cold enough outside.
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Old 09-05-2006, 06:58 AM   #8
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Yeah, I'm not really a lager drinker, plus I don't have a basement. Fermenting won't be my problem as we keep the place a perfect 68 deg., is the bottle conditioning I'm worried about.
as a great man once said " relax..dont worry...have a home brew" condition in your home all winter long it really doesnot matter if it is 68 or 75 just rember to enjoy it when it is done....

 
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