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Old 11-05-2011, 01:01 PM   #1
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Default Ale styles fermented with lager yeast

For the next several weeks - until I get my temp controller for my fermentaton fridge - it'll be easier for me to ferment at lager temperatures than at ale temps. While I am enjoying being able to make "true" lagers, I am interested in my fellow HBTers experiences with fermenting classic ale styles with lager yeasts/at lager temperatures. Who has made an India Pale Lager, English Pale Lager, Irish Red Lager, Milk Stout Lager, or even (gasp) a lagered sour?

I would very much appreciate if you took a few minutes to share your experiences and tasting notes!

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Old 11-05-2011, 01:27 PM   #2
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Wouldn't lager yeast attenuate too much and leave a much thinner crisper beer?
I would think any pale ale would do good, but any darker beer would lose its character too much.

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Old 11-05-2011, 01:31 PM   #3
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If you do a stout with lager yeast you're making in essence a tropical stout. They're really refreshing.

I have a lot of info and recipes in this thread.

If you decide to do my final recipe do not prime with the date mollasses though.

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Old 11-05-2011, 02:07 PM   #4
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I've made this http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f65/irish-red-1st-place-hbt-comp-141086/ as a lager and it turned out great. Maybe just a little too roasty for me. So I threw it in an oak barrel that I 'rinsed' with bourbon and did some additional lagering. What came out of that barrel was pretty amazing. I only have 4 bottles left.

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Baltic porters (porter fermented with lager yeast) are fantastic.

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I've tried a couple Irish red lagers before. The smoothness of the lagering process complements the toasted malts well.

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Forgot about the Baltic Porter!

I think I see a Red or Amber lager in my near future. Thanks for the feedback.

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