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Old 09-16-2013, 01:47 PM   #1
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hey guys

my tempature control on my fridge failed a few hours into fermentation so my lager is brewing at 70 degrees. can i salvage it... any suggestions.

 
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Old 09-16-2013, 01:50 PM   #2
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Cool it down ASAP.

 
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Old 09-16-2013, 02:49 PM   #3
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cant refrigerator down...

 
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Old 09-16-2013, 02:55 PM   #4
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Here are your options.

1. Let it finish fermenting, age it, and taste it. You may like it.

2. Dump it.

Is it really going to hurt you to have it sit around for a while? In the mean time fix your ferm chamber, and brew another batch.

 
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Old 09-16-2013, 02:56 PM   #5
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Stick your fermentor in a tub with cold water and ice or frozen water bottles. You can drape a t-shirt over the fermentor to help cooling through evaporation. This is called a swamp cooler. Insulate the whole shebang to keep it cold as possible longer and keep replenishing with new frozen bottles. You want it below 50F.

 
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Old 09-16-2013, 03:01 PM   #6
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Here are your options.

1. Let it finish fermenting, age it, and taste it. You may like it.

2. Dump it.

Is it really going to hurt you to have it sit around for a while? In the mean time fix your ferm chamber, and brew another batch.
Never dump a good beer!

Steam beer is a lager fermented at ale temps. I made one after I first heavily underpitched a lager and then heated it up. It turned out very drinkable. At that time I knew close to nothing about brewing and was more concerned about speedy fermentation than having patience.

 
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Old 09-16-2013, 04:23 PM   #7
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Never dump a good beer!

Steam beer is a lager fermented at ale temps. I made one after I first heavily underpitched a lager and then heated it up. It turned out very drinkable. At that time I knew close to nothing about brewing and was more concerned about speedy fermentation than having patience.
steam beer uses a particular yeast, it's not any lager yeast that will do well at higher temps. depending on how long this beer was at 70 degrees it may not matter, a couple of hrs vs a day or two.

 
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steam beer uses a particular yeast, it's not any lager yeast that will do well at higher temps. depending on how long this beer was at 70 degrees it may not matter, a couple of hrs vs a day or two.
Agreed, some lager yeasts behave better at higher temps and are more suitable for steam beer.

The main problems with lager yeast at higher temps is diacetyl formation, which needs substantial time to condition out later, once the primary fermentation has finished. And again, it all depends on the yeast strain.

 
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Old 09-16-2013, 06:48 PM   #9
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What strain yeast are you using?
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Good Temp Control -----> Happy Yeast ------> Tasty Brew

 
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Old 09-17-2013, 02:05 AM   #10
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i used saflager american lager yeast

 
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