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Offline jmaraglia

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Fruit Ale Cold Fermentation
« on: March 17, 2015, 01:54:18 PM »
I am brewing a peach ale for the first time and I want it to be nice and clean.  I was just wondering if I could have some advice on fermenting the ale around 50-55 f.  Will this be work to clear the beer and will it slow down the fermentation time dramatically?

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Re: Fruit Ale Cold Fermentation
« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2015, 02:16:32 PM »
That's too cold for most ale strains.  Wyeast 1007 is good fruit beer yeast strain.  It will ferment down to 55F.

One thing that brewers need to keep is that a fermentation can be clean and fruity (fruit <> dirt).   Many esters can enhance the fruitiness of a fruit beer.

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Re: Fruit Ale Cold Fermentation
« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2015, 02:18:53 PM »
If you have the ability to ferment that low, have you considered using lager yeast?
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Re: Fruit Ale Cold Fermentation
« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2015, 02:31:03 PM »
Using Chico (US-05, WY1056, WLP001) will produce a very clean beer in the low 60's. It can handle low 50's, but I don't think it's needed for something like a fruit beer.
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Re: Fruit Ale Cold Fermentation
« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2015, 02:41:47 PM »
What is the goal of fermenting so low?

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Re: Fruit Ale Cold Fermentation
« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2015, 03:16:26 PM »
What is the goal of fermenting so low?
My interpretation of the OP is a desire for as little yeast derived flavor that would compete with fruit flavor. This is one valid option as would using a yeast with esters that would complement fruit flavor and aroma. But I agree with Eric tha using chico in low 60's would be a better option. There is also something at the end of the OP mentioning a desire for the beer to be clear. Confusing cold ferm temps with cold crashing perhaps? Also, I would recommend lots of high quality fruit or fruit puree and a bit of acidity to bring it out.
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