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Old 10-15-2007, 10:31 PM   #1
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I really want to brew a bock similar to Sam Adams Winter Lager, but i don't have the equipment to lager. What happens if you don't lager a lager?

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Old 10-15-2007, 10:48 PM   #2
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IT'LL TASTE LIKE CRAP!

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What temp can you keep constant?

Nottingham is good down to 57* and is known to be a good clean yeast

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Old 10-15-2007, 10:49 PM   #3
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I really want to brew a bock similar to Sam Adams Winter Lager, but i don't have the equipment to lager. What happens if you don't lager a lager?
You'll get a steam beer or California Common. Might be interesting.

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yup, it'll be a steam beer. keep it as cool as possible for best results.

look on the bright side...you probably won't need a diacetyl rest

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I really want to brew a bock similar to Sam Adams Winter Lager, but i don't have the equipment to lager. What happens if you don't lager a lager?
Do you have the knowledge and equipment to ferment at lager yeast fermenting temps? About 50 ish. If so, you can make a lager. Might not
be as smooth as one lagered colder, but I bet it will taste almost as good.
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This may or may not help you, but I would like to point you to Edwort's Oktoberfest Ale. He uses kolsch yeast for this brew and claims it works out great. I have complete faith in Ed's recipes and will be brewing this in the morning. It my might be the wrong time of year to brew this, but I'll pretend it's spring.http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=38880 Hope this helps you out.

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This may or may not help you, but I would like to point you to Edwort's Oktoberfest Ale. He uses kolsch yeast for this brew and claims it works out great. I have complete faith in Ed's recipes and will be brewing this in the morning. It my might be the wrong time of year to brew this, but I'll pretend it's spring.http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=38880 Hope this helps you out.

Yup, St. Arnold out of Houston uses their Ale yeast for their O'Fest..
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