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Old 02-10-2011, 12:58 AM   #1
Feb 2011
Lisbon, Maryland
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I bottled a brown porter 16 days ago and put left it in my basement. However, it's about 53 degrees F in my basement. I've just come to realize (b/c i'm an idiot) that it was probably too cold for the yeast to be active and create carbonation. I popped one open today and it's basically flat.

If i move it upstairs into the bathroom and set the heater to about 70 degrees, will the yeast become active again and carbonate or is it too late? Will it take another 2 weeks?

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Old 02-10-2011, 01:00 AM   #2
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Sounds like a plan! Yeah, 53 might be a little cold...
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Old 02-10-2011, 01:07 AM   #3
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yeah. warm it up. it will carb. the yeast are fine, they just dont do anything when you get them cold. they'll wake back up when you get them warm
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I'm getting ingredients in the mail today, and I can't even taste my beer yet. What should I do?
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I would make a yeast starter, and pitch it into your mailbox.

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Old 02-10-2011, 04:38 AM   #4
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That will work fine. You don't need to go crazy with the heat, but with most ale yeasts you do need to be above 65 to get things done in a reasonable amount of time.

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