« on: September 11, 2013, 08:20:51 AM »
If you look around here you'll find other threads weighing the merits of refridgerators vs freezers as fermentation chambers.
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I added mine when I kegged. If I added it after carbing, I would add to the keg, put the lid on quickly and purge the headspace a couple times. Then you could mix in by tipping the keg back and forth several times, which would avoid the excessive aeration of stirring in with a spoon.No reason you shouldn't be able to stir with a long spoon after carbonating. Stir gently and you won't loose much CO2. As a bonus, the high partial pressure of dissolved CO2 will keep O2 from dissolving in.
I'm pretty sure that the wort will always try and equalize to the temperature of it's ambient air temperature (I.E. the fridge temperature). It may take awhile, but if the fridge is a constant temp. then the wort will eventually reach that temperature and stay there. If the fridge warms up or cools down then the wort will follow that temp. change (just very slowly).Your second part answered the first. It will follow of course, but most fermentations will be several degrees above ambient because fermentation generates heat. In my large fermenter (60 gallon barrel) it's often 10 degrees above ambient even with slow fermentation at low temperatures (50F).
That all being said: one thing to think about is if you have a very vigorous fermentation, then the temperature will probably be higher in the fermentor due to all that activity going on.
|Batch Size: 5.00 gal||Style: American IPA ()|
|Boil Size: 7.22 gal||Style Guide: BJCP 2008|
|Color: 6.1 SRM||Equipment: Brew-n-Stein|
|Bitterness: 40.5 IBUs||Boil Time: 90 min|
|Est OG: 1.054 (13.3° P)||Mash Profile: Single Infusion, Medium Body 154F, Batch Sparge|
|Est FG: 1.012 SG (3.1° P)||Fermentation: Ale, Two Stage|
|ABV: 5.6%||Taste Rating: 30.0|
|8.0 oz||Munich Malt (9.0 SRM)||Grain||2|
|4.0 oz||Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM)||Grain||3|
|4.0 oz||Caramel/Crystal Malt - 60L (60.0 SRM)||Grain||4|
|3.0 oz||Aromatic Malt (26.0 SRM)||Grain||5|
|8 lbs 13.0 oz||Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM)||Grain||6|
|0.8 oz||Chinook [12.1%] - Boil 60 min||Hops||7|
|1.0 oz||Centennial [8.7%] - Boil 2 min||Hops||8|
|1.0 oz||Mosaic [12.7%] - Boil 2 min||Hops||9|
|0.5 oz||Centennial [10.0%] - Steep 0 min||Hops||10|
|0.5 oz||Mosaic [12.7%] - Steep 0 min||Hops||11|
|1 pkgs||Safale American (DCL/Fermentis #US-05)||Yeast||12|
|0.5 oz||Centennial [10.0%] - Dry Hop 0 days||Hops||13|
|0.5 oz||Mosaic [12.7%] - Dry Hop 0 days||Hops||14|