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Old 10-15-2008, 03:57 PM   #1
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Default Lagering ales?

I have a small chest freezer I use for conditioning. My usual process is to primary for 3 weeks, keg, then stick it in the freezer (55-58f) until needed. I want to try a lager this fall, but I need a place to lager it. Would it work to keep the freezer at lagering temps while the ale was in there (35F)? Would it slow down the aging on the ales?

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Old 10-15-2008, 03:59 PM   #2
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That's about where mine is, but I age in the basement. If I get ahead of myself, and bring a keg up too soon, it does seem to slow the process down a bit, and I'll end up drinking all the beer before it is to full potential. Could be a nice change though...you may end up lagering all of your ale....if you have time.



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My keezer only holds 8 kegs. I have another 8 full kegs waiting to go into the keezer. When I get an empty in the kegerator I take one out of the keezer and replace it with a warm one.

Many of my ales are months old before I drink them. My last one on tap, a Fuggles Ale, is (finally) tasting great at 7 months old.

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You will be fine. Yes, you will slow the aging on the ales, but that's not so much a bad thing. Almost every beer out there does not take to age quite like wine does. It's jsut fine to slow things down a bit.


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(That wasn't too whore-ish was it?)
Nah, only semi-whorish.
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I thought cold-conditioning was a good thing? I suppose if the yeast can't clean up it would slow the process.

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