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Old 12-13-2011, 05:31 PM   #1
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Default My basement is around 62 degrees right now... too cool for fermenting?

If so I'll need to come up with plan B quickly, my kit arrives today and I really don't have any other place to do it. The rest of the house stays around 72 degrees.


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Old 12-13-2011, 05:32 PM   #2
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If it's an ale, you should be golden!


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Old 12-13-2011, 05:33 PM   #3
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That is the perfect temp for many ales. Depends on the yeast but I usually prefer to ferment on the low end of the recommended temp range for the yeast.
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Old 12-13-2011, 05:33 PM   #4
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It is perfect for ales
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What type of beer? if you put the fermenter on some cardboard/wood/carpet, it will stay a bit warmer.
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62 degrees is ale yeast heaven.

Keep in mind though that ferm. temps are higher than air temps.

If you have a large tub (like one you can buy for approx. $8 at Lowes), fill it up with water and place your carboy in there. That will keep the ferm. temp around 62 degrees.
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Brown Ale, specifically a Moose Drool clone from Austin. I didn't think it was too cool since it warms up a bit in the fermenter, just wanted to make sure before I start the process. We just bought a metal rack that holds all my brewing equipment, it'll probably go on there.
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Brown Ale, specifically a Moose Drool clone from Austin. I didn't think it was too cool since it warms up a bit in the fermenter, just wanted to make sure before I start the process. We just bought a metal rack that holds all my brewing equipment, it'll probably go on there.

Good idea- the basement floor will suck all the heat right out- it's like to be even colder than the airspace.
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Keep it in the basement for the first 3 days of active fermentation, then when it's starting to slack off, move it to the 72F area.
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Keep it in the basement for the first 3 days of active fermentation, then when it's starting to slack off, move it to the 72F area.
Good call Bobby. I have the same temps in my basement. I typically move it to my upstairs closet where there is a heater vent and/or place a heavy snow jacket around the carboy to keep it warmer and better insulated.


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