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Old 03-16-2006, 06:25 PM   #1
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OK, I've got my first lager bottled. What temperature do you codition it at? I was going to set it at room temp (high 60s) for a week or so to get the carbonation going, but then thought why not put it back at the temperature it was in the fermenters (low 50s high 40s) for 4-6 weeks. That's the coldest I can get in my basement.

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Old 03-16-2006, 06:34 PM   #2
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Your thinking is correct. Let it sit for two weeks at room temperature so that the carbonation develops. Depending on the style, you may have to go an additional week. I'd sample one a week until the carbonation reaches the point you like, then cold condition it.

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Old 03-17-2006, 01:33 AM   #3
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If you've not let the beer sit for a few months at freezing temperatures prior to bottling, then you really haven't lagered it yet- that's one of the most important steps.

Keeping it at 50ish degrees is really just extending the fermentation phase.Try it out, it's worth it.

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If you've not let the beer sit for a few months at freezing temperatures prior to bottling, then you really haven't lagered it yet- that's one of the most important steps.
This is the only way I have done my lagers so far, but is there not also a way to bottle-lager and condition at the same time? Kaiser, you should know...
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Old 03-17-2006, 12:07 PM   #5
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Lagering and cold conditioning are sort of the same thing. Typically, you just put your whole carboy in the fridge for a few months. After that, you bottle and let carbonate at room temperature.

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Old 03-19-2006, 03:48 AM   #6
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I have always read that to lager it you should have the 2ndary at 10-12 degrees cooler than the primary ferm temp of 55*f for lagering(which is german for "store" not damn near freeze)....correct me if I am wrong (I suck at math) but isn't that in the 40s and not @32? Just currious cause I know beer freezes at about 28*f depending on ABV. seems a bit too much cold to me.

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Old 03-19-2006, 05:31 AM   #7
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robmee-- most people would agree colder and longer is better. If you can lager at 33 or 34 deg that's about as good as you can get. The longer you keep it there the better. Doppelbocks lager for as long as 6 months!

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Old 03-19-2006, 12:54 PM   #8
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Doppelbocks lager for as long as 6 months!
As do Marzens/Oktoberfest brews.
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I have always read that to lager it you should have the 2ndary at 10-12 degrees cooler than the primary ferm temp of 55*f
I've seen that number before, perhaps it's somebody's made up 'minimum' differential, but have no idea about the origin.

I always lager as cold as possible (just like the commercial breweries) and as long as I can, never less than 2 months.

The only beer that froze on me was an eisbock, but that was on purpose and is part of the brewing process.
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Old 03-19-2006, 02:59 PM   #10
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Had some of these same questions as I just bottled my first lager yesterday too.

Had it in secondary for 1 week at 55 degrees then moved the five gal carboy to the fridge for the last 4 weeks at 35 degrees. (only fridge, needed the space again).

I intend to carbonate for 2-3 weeks at room temp, but then I've read different opinions of what to do next. To split the differences, 1/3 of the batch will stay at room temp, 1/3 will go to 55 degrees and 1/3 third will go back in the fridge (on those funny, metal, wire things...I think they're called shelves).

I'll let you know if it seems to make a big difference on the storage method.

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