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Old 07-29-2010, 12:08 AM   #1
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most of my beers have had this off flavour, im putting it down to the temp of fermentation as thats 1 thing iv not really cared about and now figure i should, so what will hurt the flavour more, slightly too cold or slightly too warm, im living with my inlaws and until we get our own place i cant really choose where i put my fermentor so the beers not great, any tips for my next 1 about this?


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Old 07-29-2010, 12:28 AM   #2
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my advice if you are new is all my beers had a very bitter off-flavor in the aftertaste (not good hops bitter, just bad). I let them sit for a month or more and they are fantastic now. My advice is to put them away and forget about them for a month and see if they improve


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Old 07-29-2010, 12:38 AM   #3
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If you have to choose between 85 degrees and 60 degrees, choose the 60 degrees. Any cooler than 60 degrees, though, and you'll have trouble getting ale yeast working well.

If you can ferment at 50 degrees (just about 10 degrees above fridge temperatures) you could do lagers with lager yeast.
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Consistent temps are more important than anything. If you start at 75 keep it there. Sharp rises and drops during the first 72 or so hours can have a negative impact. once fermentation starts to slow it is less important.
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+1 on letting it age. It can be hard to do but it is amazing what an extra month can do.
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search swamp cooler.

Is that an option for you? If so, this will work very well.
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nope not an option, thanks, thinking of getting it to pitchin temp and pitchin then wrappin in insulation, is this ok
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Wrapping in insulation will not keep it at a different temp from the room indefinitly but may slow down the change enough to help. I actually did this for some of mine as the basement started to warm in the heatwave I piled some blankets and such around the carboys. Don't know if it helped or not but sure didn't hurt.
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It might not hurt to keep a pail or bottle of water near where you leaver your fermenter and brew your beer based on that temperature reading. I've also used a rubbermaid tub filled with water and a t-shirt or frozen water bottles to keep the temp in the range I wanted.
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I have a big pot that i can fill with water and put the fermentor in, if the water is say 65 then the wort should be 65???


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