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Old 05-16-2012, 01:49 PM   #1
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Hi, I recently got back into drinking lager, and I want to brew some. Now I know you need cool fermentation and cold storage, but I have none if these. What will be the result if I brew a lager at say 21 deg c?

Can anyone recommend a good lager kit?

Also, if lager is not a good idea without the temperature control, what would be a good summer ale kit?

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Old 05-16-2012, 02:08 PM   #2
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You'll have an Ale made with Lager yeast, for example see Anchor Steam Ale.

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Old 05-16-2012, 02:19 PM   #3
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its not the lagering @ 21 thats the problem, its the "not" fermenting @ 5-9'C. it will taste like an ale. and then you can let it sit @ 21 'c for a month but it would just not be the same.

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Old 05-16-2012, 02:19 PM   #4
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Yep, ale temps with lager yeast gets you a California Common. At that temperature there are quite a few strains of ale yeast that would be happy. A Heffe would be a good brew for summer, or maybe a Blonde or American Pale Ale.

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Old 05-16-2012, 02:38 PM   #5
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WHOA! Slow down! Let's discuss this a minute...
Whereas a California Common A.K.A. Steam beer is a Lager that is fermented at warmer ( usually just under 20C) primary temps, it would be very wrong to think that you can make one by fermenting any lager yeast at those temps.

You need a lager strain ( like white labs WLP 810) that won't throw a lot of esters at that temp or you'll get a lager that's gonna tast like buttered pumpkins and latex paint.

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