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Old 10-22-2008, 05:56 PM   #1
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After my ales have been fermenting in the freezer for 2-3 weeks, can I then take it out and either leave it in the primary up to about 4 weeks, or rack it to a secondary for aging at room temps? (about 70F tops air temp and sitting on cool basement floor)

My motivation is that I can only fit 2 fermenters in my chest freezer and I want to have firm temp control during the majority of fermentation but also need to free up space to keep up with demand.



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Old 10-22-2008, 06:00 PM   #2
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Once the fermentation is complete temperature control is less critical. So, you can move them out.
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Old 10-22-2008, 06:10 PM   #3
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OK. I'm letting a glass of water sit on the basement floor to measure the temp. I'm going to guess it's around 68. Without the heat of fermentation, I don't think the temp will change much.

More freezers are in the future!

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Old 10-22-2008, 06:31 PM   #4
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It sounds like you are in fine, fine shape. It also sounds like you could probably pull your fermenter out after about five days (or less) and be just as fine.


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Old 10-22-2008, 06:55 PM   #5
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I was thinking that I might be able to take it out a little early, but I'd like to be a control freak until the yeast storm dies down. I just measured my basement floor temp and it's 65F right now.

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Old 10-22-2008, 08:17 PM   #6
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Everything I have read, heard and done confirms that it is ok to let your fermenter warm into the mid to low 70's after initial fermentation has completed (about a week). You want a constant temperature thats not too hot. This is even confirmed on several of Jamil's podcasts I've listened to.

 
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That's exactly right, Ed. Just about all my ales start in the 60s but finish in the low 70s. It's just a way I ensure that those buggers don't floc out on me early and leave me with a bunch of diacetyl to deal with.


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