Originally Posted by Slice00
Hey guys, brewing first lager as well. 40 hours ago I pitched two wyeast 2007 Pilsen activators into 5 gallons of wort at 48 degrees. OG was 1.048 and it hasn't budged. Do I need to warm it up or be more patient? I was hoping to go for straight cold fermentation...
From what I have seen a lot of people start in the 60's for a day to get the yeast up and running, then drop into the 50 for the primary fermentation, then up again for a D-rest, then down to lagerering. take my advice with a tablespoon of salt as you know I have never done a lager
Update - I brewed my (M)Oktoberfest last night. Had rebuilt my DIY grain mill and grossly underestimated what my efficiency was (guessed 65% with the new mill ended up with 75%). This meant I was basically at my post boil OG before I even started boiling! Added some more water to get the right OG but completely forgot to adjust the hops so am a bit on the malty side now.
Basically it was:
2.4 kg Pale malt 5.5 SRM
1.7 kg Munich II
Mash @ 150°F
30 g Styrian Goldings @ 60 mins
US05 @ 63°F