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Old 03-16-2012, 02:38 AM   #1
Aug 2011
Olathe, KS
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i'm brewing a black IPA from a norther brewer extract kit. the recipe instructions say to ferment from 60-72 degrees. i just bought a johnson temp. controller and was wanting to control my fermentations a little better. any suggestions on what temp to ferment at? or what will be the difference in the finished beer if i ferment closer to 72 as opposed to 60?


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Old 03-16-2012, 03:16 AM   #2
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The lower temp will produce a cleaner beer; the higher temp will bring out more of the yeast's esters. If it were me, I would target 66-68F. Keep in mind that a temp strip stuck to the side of the carboy may read 68, but the inside (during active fermentation) will likely be higher from all that activity (by at least 2 degrees).
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Old 03-16-2012, 03:19 AM   #3
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I aim for the low to mid sixties and have not been disappointed with any of my brews so far.

Haven't used 1272 though.

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Old 03-16-2012, 03:42 AM   #4
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just brewed that NB Black IPA kit, but used Wyeast 1056. I kinda wish I had accelerated the grain-to-glass time, as the best hop flavor I got was from the 1st under-carb'ed bottle at 5 weeks (3 in primary, 2 in bottles). With that in mind, I'd start 1056 or 1272 around 66* and bump it up a couple as ferm slows to finish the beer quicker.

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Old 03-16-2012, 04:06 AM   #5

The NB IBA is a fantastic kit.
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Old 03-16-2012, 11:25 AM   #6
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My favorite yeast. It gets estery towards the top end. Ideally, I try to balance in the middle for clean, yet flavorfull character of the yeast. 66ish is perfect to start it out, let it rise to 68, to finish out.

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