Hmm might have to give that a go then as at this point I don't have an option to go with a brew fridge (but have mentioned to the minister of finance that a fridge might be on my Xmas list)Rocker1986 said:Any lager yeast (such as the yeast in the Coopers pilsner kit) will be able to ferment that low and generally produce better results by doing so. I'm using Wyeast 2001 Urquell Lager yeast at the moment for my pils batches, they're coming out brilliant.
It's good that the basement has a constant temperature like that though and it is pretty decent for ales. Lagers are best done with a brewing fridge (luckily got mine for free because it was already here not being used) however there are strains that reportedly produce good results at the temps you have there so that is an option too. Fermentis S-189 I think is one.
We'll being that it was my first all extract brew with a boil I just stuck to the recipe which had from memory a total of about 80g of Cascade in it. Might double it my next time around after checking beersmith and see what happens. The beer itself is good just not bitter enough for meRocker1986 said:You could always hop it up a little more next time. That's the beauty of home brewing - you can tailor it to your own tastes even if it isn't strictly to style guidelines. My APAs fall within the guidelines but I do bitter them towards the top end of the scale. They always come out nicely balanced to my palate. Not too malty, not too bitter. Just right.
Doesn't cost too much to get yourself setup with a fermentation fridge, got my setup for about a $120. $50 for a second hand fridge off of fleabay, $27 for an STC-1000 (temp control) and then the rest on wiring it up and housing the STC correctly. I'm pretty confident with working on the electrical side (used to be an apprentice sparky) so obviously it might cost a little more if you want a wired up STC. Basically what I am trying to say is don't think you have to go out and get an all singing all dancing fridge, just know the measurements of your fermenter and then start scouring the local adverts for a second hand one. Having said all that, the constant temperature in your basement is pretty good for brewing but probably more aimed at ales than lagers.NikZak said:Hmm might have to give that a go then as at this point I don't have an option to go with a brew fridge (but have mentioned to the minister of finance that a fridge might be on my Xmas list)
Once these brews are finished I'll be starting some nice Ale yeast beers down here but not sure what to go with yet. The American Pale Ale I did tastes great but is a little malty and not bitter enough for my tastes. Might have to give an IPA a go but my experience with commercial IPAs has been that I'm not a huge fan. That being said I never liked Pale ales much until I made a couple so who knows. Tastes change and worst case scenario I make a beer I drink slowly God forbid...