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Old 02-12-2008, 04:01 PM   #1
Feb 2008
nothern Illinois
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I am brand new to home brew. I've been reading that optimal temps for ale fermentation is between 65-70F. I am concerned because I've been taking temp readings in all the spots i have available for storage. Theses temps range from 55-62F. IS this a huge problem? Should I regulate temp with a heater? I just received my intermediate starter kit from Midwest Supply this morning, and I am anxious to get started. Any info or suggestion would be apretiated! Thank You

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Old 02-12-2008, 04:15 PM   #2
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If it's that cold, I would try to add a little (not much heat) to bring the temps up. If you can at least get into the low 60's (and stay there) you'll be fine, 65-70 is best for most ales . A small space heater with some kind of thermostat should work fine.
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Old 02-12-2008, 05:02 PM   #3
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If you have a place that is consistently in the 60 to 62 range that should be ok. Just wrap a blanket around the carboy or something to keep it insulated. Once the Fermentation takes of it will heat up a bit anyway and should raise the temp. Otherwise you can go with a heater of some kind but it won't take much.

What you also want is consistency in your temps if possible.
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