Fermenting at lower temps - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Fermenting at lower temps

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 12-12-2011, 12:43 PM   #1
kevokie
Recipes 
 
Nov 2007
Bristow, OK
Posts: 472
Liked 15 Times on 11 Posts



I have a quick question. Is it bad to ferment an ale yeast at a lower than recommended temperature, say somewhere in the high lager range?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-12-2011, 01:07 PM   #2
ArcaneXor
 
ArcaneXor's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Nov 2007
Posts: 4,572
Liked 117 Times on 104 Posts


It depends on the yeast, but you are much more likely to run into problems such as sluggish fermentation, underattenuation, no fermentation at all, and flavors you don't expect from the ale strain you are using.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-12-2011, 01:43 PM   #3
birvine
 
birvine's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Oct 2010
Cochrane, Ontario, CANADA
Posts: 1,506
Liked 12 Times on 12 Posts


Let me second that. My swamp cooler's water ended up being in that low range and it completely stalled my fermentation. I have had to bring up the temp to get it kick started.

B
__________________
Manager & Head Brewer
Swan Lane Brewery

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-12-2011, 02:15 PM   #4
Brewnoob1
 
Brewnoob1's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Sep 2011
Puyallup, WA
Posts: 982
Liked 24 Times on 24 Posts


If you're going into lager temps...why not lager?
__________________
Keg #1: Empty :(
Keg #2: Empty :(
Kegs 3-5: Empty :(

Ferment #1: Empty :(
Ferment #2: Empty :(
Ferment #3: Empty :(

On Deck: Something....Anything!!!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-12-2011, 02:17 PM   #5
JonM
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
 
JonM's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Aug 2010
Milwaukee
Posts: 7,652
Liked 2657 Times on 1565 Posts


It'll be fine, but it might be slow.
__________________
Who is this Rorschach guy? And why did he paint so many pictures of my parents fighting?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-12-2011, 02:31 PM   #6
Jayhem
Recipes 
 
Dec 2011
Culpeper, VA
Posts: 2,640
Liked 278 Times on 225 Posts


What is the recommended Ale Yeast range? I'm currently fermenting my first batch of Brown Ale at 67 degrees F and it's kickin'!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-12-2011, 02:37 PM   #7
kevokie
Recipes 
 
Nov 2007
Bristow, OK
Posts: 472
Liked 15 Times on 11 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by Brewnoob1
If you're going into lager temps...why not lager?
I don't want to wait 35 years to drink the beer! Haha.

I live in Oklahoma and I brewed two batches of beer the other day. I normally use a swamp cooler setup for fermentation, but since I already have the other batch in it, I decided to put the other batch in the garage where the temp is cooler than the ambient air in the house. It stays to warm in the house to just sit out IMO. The fermometer on my bucket says the temp is hovering 56-58 degrees, but it hasn't gone any lower than that. Its colder outside, but the temp in the garage has been pretty consistent between 52-56 according to my thermometer in the garage.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-12-2011, 02:46 PM   #8
harrydrez
Recipes 
 
Jan 2009
Posts: 441
Liked 36 Times on 21 Posts


This time of year might be perfect to ferment lagers and hybrid beers- mid to low 50s in my basement. Lager in my keezer that I am about to put together or my mini fridge. Brilliant!

If you want to brew up normal ales then look around for ale yeast that can ferment lower: Notty, wy1728, etc. They do sell heating devices for carboys too.
Quote:
I don't want to wait 35 years to drink the beer! Haha.
Personally, I make way more than I can drink in any realistic amount of time. So I don't mind as much; I'm fixin to make a maibock soon. The bock is from "brewing classic styles" it looked great.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-12-2011, 02:49 PM   #9
JonM
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
 
JonM's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Aug 2010
Milwaukee
Posts: 7,652
Liked 2657 Times on 1565 Posts


Or a Kolsch! I just fermented one in the 55-ish basement and am now lagering it in the cold mud room.
__________________
Who is this Rorschach guy? And why did he paint so many pictures of my parents fighting?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-12-2011, 02:52 PM   #10
harrydrez
Recipes 
 
Jan 2009
Posts: 441
Liked 36 Times on 21 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by JonM View Post
Or a Kolsch! I just fermented one in the 55-ish basement and am now lagering it in the cold mud room.
Kolsch, alt, cream ale, or steam beer. All kinds of possibilities; all very yummy.

I also brewed up a london porter clone and edwort's robust porter in my bedroom closet, insted of my basement. It is the warmest room in my house. It will heat itself a little when fermenting.

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools



Forum Jump