Ss Brewtech’s Biggest Baddest Holiday Giveaway Ever!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Is my wort too cold??
Thread Tools
Old 07-29-2009, 01:07 PM   #1
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Australia
Posts: 11
Default Is my wort too cold??

I have just made my first batch of home brew (Australian Coopers Pale Ale) and it has beeen fermenting for 3 days now. My only concern is that it is winter here in Australia and its quite cold so my beer is currently fermenting at 18 Degrees Celcius (64F) when the instuctions say its should ideally be at 21-27 deg C but will work at 18-32deg.

What effects will this low temp have on my beer? Will it be ok?

I dont really have anywhere warm to put it and all I have done is wrapped a blanket around it.


Psymon is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 07-29-2009, 01:11 PM   #2
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Rockford, Illinois
Posts: 4,063
Liked 25 Times on 23 Posts
Likes Given: 3


It should be fine. The temperature of the beer is actually going to be about 5-10 degrees higher than room temp while it's fermenting. After that, you may want to put it in a bucket filled with water. Hook up a cheap aquarium heater to the water and it'll keep it at about 70 F.

He who drinks beer sleeps well. He who sleeps well cannot sin. He who does not sin goes to heaven.

Another HERMS rig...
Suthrncomfrt1884 is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 07-29-2009, 01:20 PM   #3
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Cleveland, OH
Posts: 939
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts


64F is on the low end, but should be perfectly fine for your beer. What type of yeast did you use? If nothing else, it may just take a little longer to completely ferment out, but it should result in a great beer. The higher you go up in temperature, the more yeast "off-flavors" develop in your finished beer. Keeping it in the lower 60's as you are right now should work out perfectly for you. Remember, RDWHAHB!
"Brewers enjoy working to make beer as much as drinking beer instead of working."
-Harold Rudolph
rsmith179 is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 07-29-2009, 06:47 PM   #4
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Portland OR
Posts: 1,447
Liked 7 Times on 7 Posts


I love winter brewing because it's easier to keep the fermentation temperature in the low 60s. I prefer the cleaner taste and fewer yeast esters so 64F is perfect for most ales IMO, yes it may take a few extra days to finish but it's worth it for me. I leave it in primary for 2 weeks anyway and so far I've never made one that wasn't finished by that time.
"If you're gonna be an ape, be a hairy one" - Spyder

Primary 2: Edwort's Robust Porter
Secondary 1: LW Pale Ale
Secondary 1: Blackened Soul RIS
Kegged: Dead Guy Ale
Kegged: Rye Pale Ale
Kegged: Haus Pale Ale
Kegged: Nut Brown Ale
Kegged: Afrikan Amber
Kegged: Jock Scott Ale
Kegged: Afrikan Amber
ifishsum is offline
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Whoa Nellie - cold wort, cold water...what to do? kcpup Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 6 12-01-2009 01:09 PM
Can my wort catch my cold? petep1980 General Techniques 7 08-31-2009 05:59 PM
Wort got too cold, is it a problem? WillPall Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 2 02-11-2008 03:26 AM
Wort cold break Pirate Ale General Techniques 1 10-25-2006 03:19 AM
Wort is too cold, Now what? Shoopdog Extract Brewing 6 09-19-2006 01:22 PM

Forum Jump

Newest Threads