I brewed my first lager last weekend, Sam Adams Noble Pils Clone. Hit the numbers and pitched the right amount of yeast. Per the Wyeast package I started it at 68* and 12 hours later it was going like crazy so I took the temperature down to 50*. The OG was 1.045 and I am looking for it to finish around 1.011. Today, we are at 1.016 so I have decided to start the diaceytl rest. I have set the temperature at 65* which it should reach this evening. Now the questions:
1. Some say rest for 48 hours, some say until it reaches FG? Which is the way to go? And if I just do it 48 hours and start back down to lager temperature, should I stop and 50* and wait until FG?
2. When I am done with the rest, lower the temperature 2 degrees a day or just take it down to my target?
3. My keg fridge is at about 34*, okay to just lager at that temperature?
4. How do I know when the lager is done? Some say 4 weeks, some say 2, some say as soon as it clears?
This site has been invaluable for my since I started brewing, I am about to enter my 4th contest. While the beers aren't good enough that I expect to win, before I started reading these forums, they weren't good enough to enter.
Thank you all!