Author Topic: Fermenting at what Temp  (Read 3548 times)

sooners3210

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Fermenting at what Temp
« on: September 14, 2007, 12:29:46 PM »
I'm about to make my first beer, I was wondering at what temp should I ferment at.  My first beer is going to be an ale.  Should I ferment at or around 66 for 10 days and then the second fermentation at the same temp for 10 days?

Thaumaturgist

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Re: Fermenting at what Temp
« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2007, 12:54:50 PM »
Even though it's an ale, and generally ferments at a higher temperature, most yeast strains have an "Ideal" temperature.  I'd think that with most ale yeasts, you'd be OK at 66F though.

As far as time, I've always heard the 1, 2, 3 rule, and it's worked for me.  1 week primary, 2 weeks secondary, and 3 weeks bottle conditioning.  Good luck, and let us know if we can help more.  (I've also always heard ferment/condition temperatures should be the same, and remain fairly stable.)

sooners3210

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Re: Fermenting at what Temp
« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2007, 12:57:27 PM »
So the 3 weeks in the bottle should it be in the fridge or at room temp.  I have heard to leave it at room temp for 2 weeks and then the refrigerator. 

Thaumaturgist

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Re: Fermenting at what Temp
« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2007, 07:54:03 PM »
I'd do 3 weeks at room temp, but...  I can never resist, and have to pop one after a week...  It isn't carbonated as well, and the beer is a little "green" but it's still good to taste the fruits of your labor.  :)  I guess what I do is after 1 week I'll usually pop one a week until they are carbonated well, then go from there.  I only put what I want in the fridge, but that's just me :)  I've had one beer that I made that IMHO was actually better warm than cold too, so go with whatever tastes best for you.

Thau

 

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