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Offline etbrew

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Cold start with 1098
« on: September 26, 2010, 03:07:15 pm »
I just brewed a brown ale using Wyeast 1098.  This was my first all grain batch and the first batch using a new chilling method (I used my IC to recirculate ice water vs using tap water).  The chilling method worked great.  I was able to chill 5 gallons to 65 degrees in 20 minutes and then put it in a swamp cooler.  The water in my swamp cooler was 70 degrees so I threw in some ice bottles, went back to check on it a while later and it was sitting at 52 degrees.

I pulled out the ice bottles but I'm wondering what effects the cold temp will have on fermentation.  Should I add hot water to bump the temp up or just let it go?  

Offline tschmidlin

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Re: Cold start with 1098
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2010, 03:24:29 pm »
Take the carboy out of the swamp cooler and give it a swirl - be careful since it will be wet.  Let it sit for a while, then check the temp - it might be warmer than you think.  If it actually is too cold, I'd use some warm water to get it up to at least 60 before pitching the yeast.
Tom Schmidlin