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Cold Fermenting Ales

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ndcube:
I have two Ales going right now.
An Imperial IPA (US-05) and an Alt (1007).  Both are fermenting in my basement at 54.5F (wort temp).

What can I expect from the colder fermentation?  Just longer ferment time?  Sulfur (I don't smell any)?

Would it be better if I invest in a couple of fish aquarium heaters for my swamp coolers?  My basement could still get a little colder as the winter progresses.

I also plan on doing a Kolsch.

Thanks.

denny:

--- Quote from: ndcube on December 02, 2009, 09:41:58 AM ---I have two Ales going right now.
An Imperial IPA (US-05) and an Alt (1007).  Both are fermenting in my basement at 54.5F (wort temp).

What can I expect from the colder fermentation?  Just longer ferment time?  Sulfur (I don't smell any)?

Would it be better if I invest in a couple of fish aquarium heaters for my swamp coolers?  My basement could still get a little colder as the winter progresses.

I also plan on doing a Kolsch.

Thanks.

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Longer fermentation times and cleaner beers will be the main effects.

ndcube:
Clear beer... I don't know if I can handle that...  Guess I can try.  ;D

bluesman:

--- Quote from: ndcube on December 02, 2009, 09:41:58 AM ---
I also plan on doing a Kolsch.

Thanks.

--- End quote ---

I usually fermet my Kolsch @ 50-54F. It gives it a cleaner profile.

ndcube:

--- Quote from: bluesman on December 02, 2009, 10:24:53 AM ---
--- Quote from: ndcube on December 02, 2009, 09:41:58 AM ---
I also plan on doing a Kolsch.

Thanks.

--- End quote ---

I usually fermet my Kolsch @ 50-54F. It gives it a cleaner profile.

--- End quote ---

Sweet!  That's probably where my basement will be in Janurary.

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