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Hi guys, I know this has probably been covered somewhere on the forums but I thought I would ask.

I've had my first ever batch of WCPA in the fermenter for a few days. The temp in the room where I keep it stays between 67 - 70, but when I checked the temp on the temp strip it said 64.

Is 64 too cold or am I okay?

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I had planned on leaving it in at least 14 days. With that temp do you think I should wait an extra few?

I may also pick up a hydrometer before bottling day.

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I believe the proper temp is 68 to 76 degrees, If it possible to move your keg to raise the temp a few degrees that would help and maybe let it ferment a few days longer also

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Hey brewlove,

I had the same concern. My my first batch of WCPA has been fermenting for 2 weeks at an even lower temp...below 62.

Based on some answers I received, you should be ok. However, you should probably let it ferment for 3 full weeks just to make sure it's done. The yeast will work at that temp, but it will be a slower fermentation, which some people prefer. Mine was not intentional...I just didnt have a thermometer until recently.

If you wanted to try and bring the temp up a bit, you could place it in a cooler with warm bottles of water, or even cover it with a warm blanket. But from what I have been told, 64 probably isn't that bad.

Hope this helps.

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64 is a great temperature for fermentation IMO, even with the MB yeast. No worries. But at that temperature, I prefer to ferment a full 3 weeks.....just to be sure the yeast has completely finished its work.

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My kegs are in my basement, which is around 62 degrees, even right next to the heater and under a blanket. (I live near Chicago.)
I let my batches go 19-21 days in the keg, and they've been fine.

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I kind of had a similar experience with my fermentor. Mine dropped to 64 and just as a precaution, I put a towel over the top of it and placed it in a cooler. The temp has stayed consistently around 67 degrees.

I knew it wasn't necessary, but I figured why not give it a try and see what happens. A good learning experience...that happen to work and kept the fermentor in the happy temp range. :laugh: Happy Brewing

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Thanks for all the advice you guys!

This forum rocks and you guys are a great help for us newbies!

When I finally get this batch finished I will hoist a mug in the air for all of you!

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You'll be fine. Most yeast seems to work 'better' and the lower end of their ranges (meaning they get less stressed and throw off less esters).

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Sounds like 1 of your thermometers is off. How can the keg be 64 if the room is 67-70? At any rate you should be fine.

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bpgreen wrote:

...The drawback to the stick-ons I bought is they only go down to 64 and I like to brew a bit lower than that, so I just try to keep the temperature too cool to register and only worry if the beer doesn't start fermenting....

Midwest Supplies sell the Dual Scale Liquid Thermometers that have a range of 39-81 degrees. They are on-sale right now for $1.25.

Thermometer.jpg

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packerduf wrote:

bpgreen wrote:

...The drawback to the stick-ons I bought is they only go down to 64 and I like to brew a bit lower than that, so I just try to keep the temperature too cool to register and only worry if the beer doesn't start fermenting....

Midwest Supplies sell the Dual Scale Liquid Thermometers that have a range of 39-81 degrees. They are on-sale right now for $1.25.

Thermometer.jpg

Woohoo!

In for two. Used cheapest shipping and started adding Nottingham and US-05 yeast since the shipping didn't change.

Thanks for that. Temperatures will be going up soon, and 64 will work, but these will come in handy.

Good find!

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bpgreen wrote:

ZiggyZag wrote:

What type of Thermometer can we attach to Keg?


I've been considering poking a thermometer through the top the way Screwy Brewer.
Sounds interseting. Are you saying just get one of those meat thermometers that have a probe thats 6 or 7 inches long and just poke it through the lid of the keg so that the probe is in the wort? Any pics of this set up?

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ZiggyZag wrote:

What type of Thermometer can we attach to Keg?

Mr Beer sells one they call the BrewOMeter. I got some fish tank stick-on thermometers in the pet dept at WalMart.

The drawback to the stick-ons I bought is they only go down to 64 and I like to brew a bit lower than that, so I just try to keep the temperature too cool to register and only worry if the beer doesn't start fermenting.

I've been considering poking a thermometer through the top the way Screwy Brewer does since I have some probe thermometers that measure much lower temps.

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bpgreen wrote:


I've been considering poking a thermometer through the top the way Screwy Brewer does since I have some probe thermometers that measure much lower temps.

This is what I do. It works pretty sweet! Lots more accurate that stick ons.

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Yes, that is exactly the idea!

Check out this link to another post. It contains a link to Screwy Brewers site where there is an explanation for how to do this.

http://community.mrbeer.com/index.php?option=com_kunena&Itemid=124&func=view&catid=8&id=125097

I actually plan on spending some time this weekend setting up my 3 kegs this way. I'll let ya'll know how it goes.

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