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Old 01-20-2012, 11:47 PM   #11
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Would it hurt anything to go straight from primary into a keg for lagering? I can fit a corny in my refrigerator, not sure about a secondary carboy....

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Old 01-20-2012, 11:56 PM   #12
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Would it hurt anything to go straight from primary into a keg for lagering? I can fit a corny in my refrigerator, not sure about a secondary carboy....
You will want to rack the beer out of a secondary once it is done lagering. You would be amazed at how much falls out of it during this phase. I don't know of any rule that it has to be in a 6 1/2 carboy to be a secondary. So I don't see why you couldn't use the keg with an airlock then just rack it off into another keg when lagering is done. Can you put an airlock on a keg?
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Old 01-21-2012, 12:07 AM   #13
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Can you put an airlock on a keg?
Sure you can, put a gas connector on, connect tubing to an airlock and fix the airlock to be vertical. I recommend using the S bubble type as they won't suck the liquid out of the lock as it cools.
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Old 01-21-2012, 12:32 AM   #14
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You will want to rack the beer out of a secondary once it is done lagering.
I don't see a need to rack after lagering unless you're going to move the keg. The dust sticks pretty well to the bottom of the keg for me.

Saving racking steps is, IMO, very helpful for minimizing oxygen exposure after fermentation. Lagering under CO2 pressure will disallow air entry that an airlock would, too.
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Old 01-21-2012, 12:58 AM   #15
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I guess that was my thought......less steps...and nothing would get into a keg.....if venting was an issue, I could just pull the pin a couple times a day......would I need an airlock on the keg???

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I guess that was my thought......less steps...and nothing would get into a keg.....if venting was an issue, I could just pull the pin a couple times a day......would I need an airlock on the keg???
No.

Do the diacetyl rest first, and make sure the beer is completely finished with no hint of diacetyl (slick or oily mouthfeel). Then you can rack from the fermenter to the keg, and begin lagering.
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Old 01-21-2012, 05:29 PM   #17
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Is lagering under pressure an issue?

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Old 01-21-2012, 06:21 PM   #18
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Great info folks, thanks! I know this may be taboo, but have any of you dryhopped your lagers. If so, at what point would you do this in the process?

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I haven't dry-hopped a lager. I don't know how well aromatic oil extraction would do at lager temp. A better alternative might be to kraeusen with a hop tea, which I have done.

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