Ss Brewtech’s Biggest Baddest Holiday Giveaway Ever!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Temperature dropping too low
Thread Tools
Old 01-04-2012, 09:35 PM   #1
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Wethersfield, CT
Posts: 4
Default Temperature dropping too low

My first batch (pale ale), and I'm concerned about the temperature of my fermentation. I'm using a bucket fermenter with a stick-on thermometer. It started at 68° last night, but was 62° by this morning. I wrapped it in a blanket to try and keep that temperature, but this afternoon it was down to 58°. The fermenter is in my spare bathroom (I live in an apt, so this is the only place to keep it), so I turned on the heating fan to raise the room temp. My next move is probably to get some water in the tub and use an aquarium heater, but my question is this -- if I don't see fermentation beginning soon, can I pitch more yeast, or is this batch a done deal?

dcapozzi is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 01-04-2012, 09:43 PM   #2
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Shelby Twp, MI
Posts: 1,755
Liked 44 Times on 38 Posts
Likes Given: 41


It would still ferment at 58...albeit a bit slower with a bit more lag time. Give it a few days then take a hydrometer sample... if no change, only then should you worry about pitching more yeast.

I love the sound of an airlock bubbling in the morning. It sounds like.....VICTORY.

Originally Posted by TxBrew
It's now degenerating into nu uh and uh huhs and it no longer serves a point.
BigB is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 01-04-2012, 09:47 PM   #3
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Perry, OH
Posts: 19
Default ferm temp

You won't kill yeast w low temp it will slow toward dormancy. You could build a foam insulation box for about $6 from HD and put a light bulb inside to provide heat. Once you get temps back up your yeast will liven up. Get it done soon though because competing bacteria will keep multiplying.

If you think yeast was bad in the first place I'd pitch a satchel of good dry yeast. Rehydrate it at room temp with a cup of previously boiled water for 20 min first.

Most of all be patient, fermentation takes time.
TBar is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 01-04-2012, 09:49 PM   #4
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Cochrane, Ontario, CANADA
Posts: 1,506
Liked 12 Times on 12 Posts
Likes Given: 4


Usually for ale yeast 60°F is a pretty good temp.

Manager & Head Brewer
Swan Lane Brewery
birvine is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 01-04-2012, 10:33 PM   #5
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Stittsville, Ontario
Posts: 354
Liked 7 Times on 6 Posts


The core temp of the wort itself will be a few degrees hotter than the temp being shown on the outside of the fermenter. I say thumbs up for 60F. Don't mess with it, she's all good.

HopHeadGrady is offline
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Fast Dropping Gravity Letsdance Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 6 06-10-2010 07:01 PM
gravity still dropping michaelob Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 4 10-24-2009 06:23 PM
Dropping Temp daveooph131 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 1 06-23-2009 07:59 PM
SG finished dropping, is it low enough? talkingmonkey Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 2 08-03-2008 07:51 PM
gravity still dropping after 10 days stevea1210 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 3 03-26-2008 06:55 PM

Forum Jump

Newest Threads