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What temperature does wort need to be chilled to before adding yeast?

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asked 3 years ago by anonymous

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This is a function of the type of yeast used.  Fortunately, most commercially purchased yeast packets identify a temperature range in which the yeast will grow most productively.  

Usually ale yeasts will ferment between the mid 60 and 70 degrees F and lager yeasts will ferment between 45 and 55  degrees F, give or take 5 degrees.  

Pitching yeast at too high a temperature may kill the yeast, pitch too cold and the yeast will go dormant.
answered 2 years ago by Rudemeisterman (2,160 points)

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