Originally Posted by Nerro
By lagering I meant priming and botteling and just leaving it the hell alone for a while in the dark.
Nice link there, Revvy
Looks like the yeast is a lot more interchangable than a lot of people here like to believe
You definitely want to leave your beer alone in the dark for awhile, usually 3 weeks minimum @ 70 degrees to fully carb and bottle condition...Some beers take longer...I've had stouts and porters take longer...
Granted, we now have hundreds of strains of beer specific yeasts to choose from, but it wasn't always so. Heck the first beer brewed in ancient Sumeria was done by adding pre-baked bread (with fruits and spices baked in) to water and sprouted barley in a mash, and letting it ferment.
And even as recently as the 70's when homebrewing was first legalized in the US, there were very few beer yeast available, and from my understanding they were pretty nasty hard yeast cakes...
So people used what was readily available....And that was the jar or packet of RedStar Bread Yeast sitting in the cupboard (RedStar also makes Wine yeast, like Montrachet, btw.)
It may not be as great as using an ale yeast in terms of floculation and attenuation, and it may not be as "clean tasting" as specific yeasts, but it still works.
Also there's some places in the world (like Bulgaria and the Middle East where for various reasons beer/wine yeasts are not readily available.) So rather than not brew becaause people don't have access to the "right yeast." I say go for it...it ain't like it hasn't been done before...
Plus experimentation is fun!