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Old 07-10-2012, 12:55 PM   #1
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http://www.midwestsupplies.com/oktoberfest-lager.html

This is the next batch I want to make. Hopefully have it ready for October.

Im currently getting ready to bottle my first brew of Amber ale and that concept seemed simple. (http://www.monsterbrew.com/Prod_AmberKit.cfm)

I just want to know if there is anything different I will have to do because its a lager opposed to the Ale.

Im still learning the basics..

Thanks ahead of time.

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Old 07-10-2012, 01:00 PM   #2
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1. acquire extra refrigerator
2. acquire temperature controller
3. ????
4. profit

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Old 07-10-2012, 01:08 PM   #3
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Yeah, if you don't have the means of refrigerating during fermentation you won't be able to do a lager. Per the directions from Midwest you will need to ferment between 48-60°F for a couple weeks and then lager at temperatures between 36-45°F for 3-12 weeks.
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yep... doesnt look like I have the capablitiy to do that. Possibly in the winter when I can control my heat my garage to a specific temp..

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You can brew the same kit and buy a pack of ale yeast.

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yep... doesnt look like I have the capablitiy to do that. Possibly in the winter when I can control my heat my garage to a specific temp..
Yeah I'm sure Ohio winters will facilitate that pretty easily. Most ale yeast will work well in the 62-72° range. If your temps in the house are higher than that you might consider some Belgian styles that like higher temps.
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Lagers are pretty much the same as ales, they just require cooler temperatures, more time, and more yeast.

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Yep,,, wait until Winter,,, just do it when the AVERAGE TEMP is in the range you want... It will not hurt it to much if it goes up and down in Temp as long as it stays in the correct range... SOME folks may disagree but Yeast is not a wimpy organism... About the only thing you need fear during the lagering phase is it gets too cold and all the yeast goes dormant, Unlikely but possible, more likely what will happen is that it take longer to finish out...

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It will not hurt it to much if it goes up and down in Temp as long as it stays in the correct range... SOME folks may disagree but Yeast is not a wimpy organism...
Not wimpy, true. Yeast thrives in the 90's. But what you don't mention is that they will produce different flavor and aroma profiles at different temperatures and that a swing of 5 degrees from day to night can be enough to produce the change. If you are trying to produce a specific beer, steady temperature during the first few days of active fermentation is critical (longer for lagers.) If you're happy with random luck then "it will not hurt it to much if it goes up and down." Esters and fusels will not be AVERAGED out. Once they are there, they are not leaving.
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yep... doesnt look like I have the capablitiy to do that. Possibly in the winter when I can control my heat my garage to a specific temp..
This winter if you want to do it in your garage I offer some Ghetto Lagering ideas in this thread. Ugly junk 2012, Ghetto Lagering Chamber
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