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Old 03-17-2010, 06:00 PM   #1
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I've got an altbier that's been in the fermentor for 10 days. We put in the fridge yesterday (about 40 degrees). How long should I leave it in there? I think I've read 2 days but not sure.

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Old 03-17-2010, 06:23 PM   #2
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Kaiser recommends 4 weeks at 50 deg.

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What yeast did you use?

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You need to rack it before lagering.

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I've got an altbier that's been in the fermentor for 10 days. We put in the fridge yesterday (about 40 degrees). How long should I leave it in there? I think I've read 2 days but not sure.

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Sounds like you are confusing cold crashing and lagering.

Go ahead and leave it in the fridge for 2 days, rack it, then do it for another 4 weeks.
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Ah, definitely confused cold crashing with lagering. Since its already in the fridge I'll let it sit for the full 48 hours then rack. If anything I've learned to read up more on the style of beer I'm making BEFORE I make it. I'm not sure if I completely understand the significance of the lagering process with this beer- other than that it clears the composition. Is there a taste difference?

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Old 03-18-2010, 06:28 AM   #7
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Also, after racking should I keep it at the same temp in the fridge?

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I make my Alt the same way I make my Kolsch. I rack it to the secondary, then cold crash it for 40 days.

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I make my Alt the same way I make my Kolsch. I rack it to the secondary, then cold crash it for 40 days.
That's a confusing statement(to me). It only takes a day or two to cold crash an ale, especially at lager temps. I'm lagering my alt for a month to smooth it out a bit. Keeping it at 37f with a maibock and dopplebock.

Not trying to start a debate, just figuring out word usage.
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