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Old 07-22-2007, 03:25 AM   #1
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Default What temp. is highest you have pitched at?

I know what the manufacturer says, but I'm sure there is a window. I have a hefe down to 84 degrees in the fermenter and it is fairly warm evening. I believe it might take a few hours to get below 78 degrees. What is the highest temp. you have pitched?


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Old 07-22-2007, 03:29 AM   #2
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80 is my limit for an ale, and I try to get it lower unless I know I'm going to ferment high (as in a fruity hefe). I think you can get away with 90, but I wouldn't do it.

I'm currently trying to overcome my first stuck fermentation...wouldn't want that to happen to you!


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Old 07-22-2007, 03:47 AM   #3
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low 80's pitch. then continue to drop temp to target range slowly (2-4deg/hour)
since it's sealed less chance of infection and the yeast is in multiplication mode at this time not much of an effect on final product (fruity esters,diactyls,etc..)
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Old 07-22-2007, 04:29 AM   #4
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Thanks, I just scored a 12 Gal. pot so going to full boils. I'm still extract brewing so I am getting used to droping temp to pitching temp. (takes a long time to drop a couple of degrees) Going to try a partial mash to see if there is that much difference to spend more time brewing. I have done (3) 7.5 Gal batches to get ahead on my schedule to become alcoholicaly independant .
My next step is to try the mash thing in the oven. Slowly expanding my brewing expertise This site is so informative.
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Old 07-22-2007, 01:53 PM   #5
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I don't think I have ever pitched at 90 or above. I find for myself and my 5 gallon, on the stove, extract brewing, that even though the wort chiller is good I still can't get it down below 85 or so in the summer (live in GA). I have found that adding that last 3 gallons of spring/drinking water that I bought at the store and left in the freezer for a couple of hours really is my saving grace for good fermentation. After adding that to the wort in the fermenter, I will be able to get it down to a 66-68 before pitching. Then I have a closet that luckily has an A/C vent in the ceiling and during the night it keeps it relatively in the 70's until main fermentation is done. I also cheat and add a bit of yeast nutrient to make sure it doesn't get stuck.
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Old 07-22-2007, 05:53 PM   #7
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If you're going to pitch high, it is important to remember that that you may run into thermal shock if the starter is say 60 F and your wort is 85 F. The risk of infection and getting weird fermentation increase if you freak out the yeast by big temp changes.

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highest i've pitched is about 85F...my magic number is now 72F, unless the recipe calls for something different


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