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Old 03-05-2007, 11:19 PM   #1
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How long should I shoot for in lagering my first attempt at a Pilsner? I had it in the primary for approx 10 days at a temp of generally 50 degrees (w/ +/- of 1-5 degrees). I then transferred it to a corni for use as the secondary and currently have it lagering at a relative steady temperature of approx 36 degrees. It's been in the keg/secondary for approx 2 1/2 weeks. I've heard 3 months or so in the secondary is a pretty fair estimate. Does that sort of time table sound right to anyone who would know? Anyone wanna throw their 2 pennies worth in there? A tip or two is appreciated if anyone has one of those to toss around as well.

FYI: the recipe was a pretty standard Pilsner recipe. Should be a pretty hoppy Pilsner if all goes well. I'll get the recipe (I'm typing this from work so I don't have access right now) if that weighs in to anyone's advice they are willing to provide.

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Old 03-06-2007, 12:18 AM   #2
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I'm no lager expert---my first true lager is currently in my lagerator---but from what I hear, the lower the temps, the longer the lagering. I'd say a couple months should be enough, though. The longer the better, of course, but you could get away with 2.

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Is it better to have the bulk of the lagering process in the secondary-or can it be bottled first and then stored awa cold for an extended time?

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Sounds like you're right on track, 2-3 months should do it.

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Thanks everyone. A little reassurance goes a long way.

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I had it in the primary for approx 10 days at a temp of generally 50 degrees (w/ +/- of 1-5 degrees).
Was the beer done fermenting after 10 days? What was the SG reading when you started cooling it down?

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Thinking the same thing Kai. My lagers aren't ready for secondary until GENERALLY 2 to 3 weeks after pitching yeast.

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Thinking the same thing Kai. My lagers aren't ready for secondary until GENERALLY 2 to 3 weeks after pitching yeast.
It was actually in the primary for 17 days (2 1/2 weeks approx). I was thinking about the length in the secondary while at work and wanted to get a quick question out to see what everyone thought. I had pretty good activity for the first 10 days which tapered off to the point where I felt comfortable transferring. Also, I have 2 kids under the age of 4. When you get a free night to transfer, brew, anything, you take advantage of the opportunity.
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