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Offline howlinghound

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Temperature variation - OK?
« on: February 04, 2014, 07:23:08 AM »
I recently brewed up a batch of Golden Strong - Much more yeast (and sugars) than I have done in the past.  While I don't yet have a good process for temperature and control, this batch (5.5 gal) fermented in glass at around 62-66 degrees for a week.  Strong fermentation for about half of that and then very quiet by the end of that week.  Knowing that it needed to get hotter, I added heating for a handful of days and brought the batch slowly to about 76-78.  Strong fermentation began again and continued for a couple of days.  But, I don't have a way to really get this to 80 degrees and hold it; one day I was away and no heat was applied and the temp dropped -- It has been sitting at around 64 for the past week.  (My heating pad set-up shuts off automatically).  I have not yet tested gravity - but assuming that it is still higher than expected FG, any harm in working hard to bring the temp back up for another round??

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Re: Temperature variation - OK?
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2014, 07:41:21 AM »
Take a gravity reading and see if you have a problem before trying to fix it. If it was high 70's for a few days, might be done.
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Re: Temperature variation - OK?
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2014, 08:32:46 AM »
Take a gravity reading and see if you have a problem before trying to fix it. If it was high 70's for a few days, might be done.

What he said.  It isn't necessary for big Belgians to hit 80F.
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Re: Temperature variation - OK?
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2014, 08:47:17 AM »
Take a gravity reading and see if you have a problem before trying to fix it. If it was high 70's for a few days, might be done.

What he said.  It isn't necessary for big Belgians to hit 80F.

+2 - I've fermented quads in the low 60s without touching the temp and they've turned out great. With a big healthy pitch of yeast most Belgian strains will gobble up everything you feed them without needing much help.
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