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Old 09-18-2006, 05:00 PM   #1
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Hey everyone! Newbie here. Brewing today and everything went great until the chilling of the wort. Cooled in a ice bath and then topped off with cold spring water that I had put in the fridge. Now the wort is 58 degrees, because I was too stupid to realize that my 80 degree cooled wort would drop that much when adding the ice water. My question...do I just wait until the wort comes back up to pitching temperature on its own, or do I pitch and suffer through a long lag time? Any ideas?

 
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Old 09-18-2006, 05:20 PM   #2
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I would just pitch. Nothing bad will happen to the yeast, it will just have a reduced metabolism and thus reduced activity levels. Once the wort warms up a bit, the activity will commence. That's what I would do anyway.

 
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Old 09-18-2006, 05:20 PM   #3
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Yep, what Steve said.

 
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Old 09-18-2006, 05:23 PM   #4
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ditto. It should be warmed up w/i a day or 2. No worries.
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Old 09-18-2006, 05:23 PM   #5
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Draw off a little wort and heat it up to 170 degrees and add back to the fermentor to raise the temp of the whole thing.

5 gallons @ 58 degrees

draw off 1/2 gallon

4.5 gallons @ 58 and add .5 gallon @ 170 = 5 gallons @ 69.2 degrees


You can pitch the yeast @ 58 degrees but it will shock the yeast and it may take 3 or 4 days for fermentation to start. Dangerous lag time


 
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Old 09-19-2006, 01:18 PM   #6
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Thanks for the quick responses...I pitched the yeast and sealed her up tight. The ambient temp in the closet is 74 degrees, and eighteen hours later it has started bubbling.

 
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Old 09-19-2006, 01:22 PM   #7
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Success! RDWHAHB really does work!!
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