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Fermented my beer at 55 degrees is that good or bad. First time brewing.

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First time brewing
« on: July 30, 2017, 11:06:34 AM »
First time brewing. Just asking for advice. Is 55 a good fermentation temp and bottling temp.

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« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2017, 11:34:23 AM »
55*F could be a good Lager yeast fermentation temp but Ale yeast usually likes it a bit warmer. Though I don't bottle, I understand room temp (~70*F-ish) is best for carbonation.

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Re: First time brewing
« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2017, 12:47:15 PM »
What style beer are you brewing and what yeast?

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Re: First time brewing
« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2017, 04:02:34 PM »
What style beer are you brewing and what yeast?

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Good questions.  In general, 55F should be OK.  There are several ale yeasts I prefer at that temp.
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Re: First time brewing
« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2017, 07:37:35 PM »
My wife bought the mr. Beer kit had a light beer with it. Hard to find  a good place to keep a steady temp. So night a mini fridge. Yeast not sure

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Re: First time brewing
« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2017, 07:47:14 PM »
Good questions.  In general, 55F should be OK.  There are several ale yeasts I prefer at that temp.

The flip side being that there are quite a few ale yeasts that will never ferment at that temperature.
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Re: First time brewing
« Reply #6 on: July 30, 2017, 07:59:37 PM »
Good questions.  In general, 55F should be OK.  There are several ale yeasts I prefer at that temp.

The flip side being that there are quite a few ale yeasts that will never ferment at that temperature.

Yep, but I must have avoided those because I've had more luck than not at that temp.  Wonder what yeast is in a Mr. Beer kit?
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Re: First time brewing
« Reply #7 on: July 30, 2017, 08:16:02 PM »
Fleischmann's?
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« Reply #8 on: July 30, 2017, 08:21:00 PM »
Bought the glass bottles instead of using the plastic that was in the kit. Figured maybe would make difference. Thx for the help. Like i said it's hard to find a spot that stays at the temp suggested. Still trying thou

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Re: First time brewing
« Reply #9 on: July 30, 2017, 08:42:12 PM »
Bought the glass bottles instead of using the plastic that was in the kit. Figured maybe would make difference. Thx for the help. Like i said it's hard to find a spot that stays at the temp suggested. Still trying thou

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Re: First time brewing
« Reply #10 on: July 30, 2017, 09:36:22 PM »
Good questions.  In general, 55F should be OK.  There are several ale yeasts I prefer at that temp.

The flip side being that there are quite a few ale yeasts that will never ferment at that temperature.

Yep, but I must have avoided those because I've had more luck than not at that temp.  Wonder what yeast is in a Mr. Beer kit?
I imagine Cooper's Ale considering Cooper's owns Mr Beer.

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Re: First time brewing
« Reply #11 on: July 31, 2017, 07:30:21 PM »
Good questions.  In general, 55F should be OK.  There are several ale yeasts I prefer at that temp.

The flip side being that there are quite a few ale yeasts that will never ferment at that temperature.

Yep, but I must have avoided those because I've had more luck than not at that temp.  Wonder what yeast is in a Mr. Beer kit?
I imagine Cooper's Ale considering Cooper's owns Mr Beer.

I would assume it's a clean ale yeast like 1056/001.  The packets are usually just stamped "ALE YEAST".  I started with a Mr Beer myself.. first tip I got was ditch the yeast.  I'm sure it's perfectly fine yeast, but just the not knowing.  Plus I like to make beers where the yeast character is the whole point, Belgians, German Hef, etc.

To the OP, I wouldn't ferment in a minifridge.  In my opinion that's too cold.  I ferment my beer at "room temperature" which varies from 65-85 depending on the season and I usually don't have a problem.  It doesn't need to be exactly the same temp the whole time, and you'd rather be a little warm than cold. 

It's your first batch it may or may not turn out that great, but it's about learning the process.  Don't get frustrated with it if it's a little squirrely.  I don't have any kind of temp control and I do OK.
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Re: First time brewing
« Reply #12 on: August 02, 2017, 03:34:26 AM »
My fermentation area has wide temp swings as well. To account for this i tend to brew with the seasons.

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« Reply #13 on: August 03, 2017, 01:46:13 PM »
My fermentation area has wide temp swings as well. To account for this i tend to brew with the seasons.

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What is cool is that i have a crawl space under my house found out the temp rounds out around 70 and dosent go much higher. Any ideas and diffrent beers other than mr.beer that's good stuff

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Re: First time brewing
« Reply #14 on: August 08, 2017, 04:22:02 AM »
My fermentation area has wide temp swings as well. To account for this i tend to brew with the seasons.

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