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DBear
05/10/07 09:47 AM  
Help!!...Fermentation temp out way over target
All,

Using WLP550 for 1.052 BPA - first AG - target ferment temp of 72F, 3gal batch, no starter, 40sec O2, piched @ 70F, ambient space of 68-71F, after 14hrs no activity, shook before bed (no, not the wife, the beer), next morning chugging along 78F!. I was suprised it would rocket up that fast. Help: now past my target of 72F how long do I have to ice it down to the temp I want or is yeast profile alread affected by 78F.

Sean White
05/10/07 12:11 PM  
Re: Help!!...Fermentation temp out way over target
You could chiil it down a bit, but 78 degrees is not drastically high. I haven't fermented this strain quite that high, but it shouldn't be a problem.

If you do chill it down, don't panic or overdo it. Just take it down to the mid-70's and it will be fine.

WitSok
05/10/07 12:38 PM  
Re: Help!!...Fermentation temp out way over target
I wouldn't use an ice bath. Crashing the fermentation can cause the yeast to go dormant (and it can be a pain to get it restarted). I'd try the old wet t-shirt method if you are concerned.
Cisco
05/10/07 12:53 PM  
Re: Help!!...Fermentation temp out way over target
Leave it alone. I've used that strain regularly and let it ramp into the low 80s with no detrimental effects. I warm ferment all my Belgian yeast strains. Don't believe the recommended temps from the manufacturer!
Al B
05/10/07 05:54 PM  
Re: Help!!...Fermentation temp out way over target
WLP550 Belgian ale will have earthy, phenolic characteristics at that temp. according to WL chart (75-85F). So it is not waaaay over. The Temps recommended are merely a midpoint if you will w/ Belgian yeast. Enjoy.

As stated above, you don't want to crash-chill......

Al

DBear
05/10/07 07:59 PM  
Re: Help!!...Fermentation temp out way over target
Thanks to all for your quick responses!

I found a cooler spot (booted the cat) and its now ~74F. I'm good with that and am going to let it ride. If I keep booting the cat he will leave a "surprise" in my shoe ;)

Al B
05/11/07 03:37 PM  
Re: Help!!...Fermentation temp out way over target
Al B
05/11/07 03:39 PM  
Re: Help!!...Fermentation temp out way over target
crud. I keep doing that.

<<>>If I keep booting the cat he will leave a "surprise" in my shoe<<>>

Better than your pillow :>

 
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