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mccullpl 10-04-2012 05:07 PM

Lagering an Alt
 
Hey everyone,

Just brewed an Alt (Northern Brewer extract kit), and it's fermenting away at 60 deg. I plan to wait about two weeks, and then transfer to secondary (probably a keg), and lager.

What is the best procedure for lagering? Step the temp down a degree or two a day, until I hit my target temp, and leave it there for a few weeks? ...or do I just 'cold crash' it down to temp? And what would the ideal temp be?

Thanks!
Pat

WhiskeySam 10-04-2012 07:58 PM

1. Put in keg.
2. Put keg in refrigerator
3. Come back in 6 weeks.

Yooper 10-04-2012 08:01 PM

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Originally Posted by WhiskeySam (Post 4470309)
1. Put in keg.
2. Put keg in refrigerator
3. Come back in 6 weeks.

Yep, I agree! Maybe not 6 weeks............I'm impatient. But otherwise I agree!

No need to drop the temperature slowly as I'm assuming you're using a kolsch yeast.

WhiskeySam 10-04-2012 08:03 PM

Kolsch/Alts/Ca Commons are an exception. With hybrid lagers, I'll only lager them for 4 weeks.

mccullpl 10-04-2012 08:40 PM

Yooper, I'm actually using US-05, but I assume that wouldn't change anything. Sounds simple enough!

Thanks!

Yooper 10-04-2012 09:23 PM

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Originally Posted by mccullpl (Post 4470453)
Yooper, I'm actually using US-05, but I assume that wouldn't change anything. Sounds simple enough!

Thanks!

S05 at 60 degrees gets sort of "peachy" and I'm not a fan. That's pretty low for S05. I'd try to ferment it at 65, if using S05. Alts should be super "clean" and commonly yeast strains like a kolsch yeast or Wyeat 1007 are used. S05 can get fruity if fermented cool, out of place in an alt.

mccullpl 10-05-2012 12:31 PM

I didn't realize S-05 produced 'off-flavors; at colder temps. I'll kick it up to 65 when I get home. Hopefully not too late to do that. This is only my 6th batch, and just when I think I've got the basics figured out, I learn something new!

Mk010101 10-05-2012 02:48 PM

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Originally Posted by mccullpl (Post 4472024)
I learn something new!

Always!!! :mug:

Glad you asked the question about lagering an Alt, as I was thinking of doing the same.


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