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Old 11-02-2011, 09:40 PM   #1
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Default Uncontrollable fermenting temps.

I'm at the mercy of brewing in my basement without a good means of temperature control. I figure I'll just adapt according to whatever the temperatures are.

How cold does it have to be for lagers?

The thermometer in my brewing area now reads 54*.


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Old 11-02-2011, 09:46 PM   #2
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................your title is freakishly bizarre.

Lagers need 34F or so. Your basement sounds PERFECT for ales, like mine.


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Old 11-02-2011, 09:51 PM   #3
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If you want better control on the cheaper side look into a brew belt like these: http://www.austinhomebrew.com/produc...ducts_id=10996

I have one and use it all the time to keep temps up when the garage gets cold.
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Kolsh would be good at those temps.

I just made an 11% monster IPA at 57* to keep fusel alcohols down with 001 then ramped up to 70 to finish it off. Just play around with it.

Seems a little too high for me to ferment a lager at those temps. I like to ferment 2 weeks at about 50 then as cheesy said rack and drop it into the low 30's in a chest freezer.
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................your title is freakishly bizarre.

Lagers need 34F or so. Your basement sounds PERFECT for ales, like mine.
A temp of 54F is perfect for lager yeast, it's not cold enough for condition though.
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Old 11-03-2011, 01:08 PM   #6
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A temp of 54F is perfect for lager yeast, it's not cold enough for condition though.
54 is good to counteract the fermentation heat. I pitch at 65 or so and as fermentation ramps up, it stays around there and finishes out slow and low. No problems.


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