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Old 01-14-2009, 03:15 PM   #1
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Default OK, RDWHAHB, right?

So I'm hopefully fermenting my second batch. AHS Bavarian Dunkelweizen kit, brewing process went OK, little hiccups but nothing that I got panicked about. I have to ferment in the basement, at the request of SWMBO. Unforutnately I didn't realize that the temp down there was about 50 degrees when I put the bucket down there.

It spent about 24 hours down there and now has been in the kitchen (65-70 degrees) for about 24 hours. I'm planning on waiting another day or so to take a hydrometer reading to see if there has been any fermentation.

Is there anything else to do at this point?

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Old 01-14-2009, 03:18 PM   #2
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You said it, just relax. The fluid has to warm up enough to wake up the yeast...just leave it alone for a few days!

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Old 01-14-2009, 03:20 PM   #3
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Don't worry about it. What type of yeast did you use? Take a look at the yeast specifications and see what its temperature range is. I am willing to bet while not great at 50 it would still work to some extent.
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Old 01-14-2009, 03:22 PM   #4
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You didn't hurt the yeast, just keep the fermenter around 65 and you will be fine. You may want to look into buying a Brew Belt or get a tupperware tote full of water and use an aquarium heater to keep it at 65 or so
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Old 01-14-2009, 03:24 PM   #5
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Why take a hydro reading? Its just a waste of beer at this point. You know it's not done. Like Revvy said, give the yeasties a chance to wake up. And while 50 might support some ale fermentation just fine it will usually put ale yeast to sleep before they have had a chance to wake up. But just sleep. They should be happy and healthy in the kitchen.
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Old 01-14-2009, 03:27 PM   #6
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Yeah, the yeasties will be happy in the kitchen. They are hard workers too. Maybe you can get them to wash some dishes to pay their rent?
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Maybe swirl it up a bit and let the yeasts wake up and get going again. A hydro is not a bad idea, but it's probably not ready at that temp.
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Old 01-14-2009, 03:57 PM   #8
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My trick for basement brewing is to use a wood pallet to get the fermenter up off the floor. Cold concrete seems to act as a heat sink. Same for conditioning in bottles - up off the floor.

Check out some good lagers....take advantage of that cool basement and get some extra fermenters.
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I am fermenting in my shop where it gets done to about 40F at night. I use waterbaths with the aquarium heaters and can maintain good consistent ferment temps.
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Originally Posted by Laughing_Gnome_Invisible View Post
Maybe you can get them to wash some dishes to pay their rent?
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