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Old 12-29-2012, 01:56 AM   #1
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Default Brewers Best vienna lager as an ale ?

Hey guys, only my 3rd batch and probably shouldn't of picked this lager since I don't have the proper setup, but too late now.
I went ahead and bought white labs German yeast wlp830 for the recipe. What temperature for pitching the liquid yeast and what
Temperature for fermentation ? My basement is at about 57F. I'm ok with it as an ale just want to know the best way to go about it.


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Old 12-29-2012, 02:08 AM   #2
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It will ferment at 57. You probably will get some yeast flavors, something like a steam beer. You couldn't properly lager afterwards.

Or you could buy ale yeast (Nottingham perhaps) and make it as an ale. Notty can actually work in he high 50s.

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Old 12-29-2012, 02:10 AM   #3
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Im brewing tonight, should I pitch at 70F and try and ferment around 65-72F and treat it like an ale or colder is better with this yeast strain for pitching and fermenting even though I'm not lagering ?

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With the lager yeast, I think the lower temps would be better (if it is not too late).

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Old 12-30-2012, 02:29 AM   #6
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lager yeast at ale temps = not good (unless it's steam beer yeast). fermenting that german lager yeast at 65-72 would be like fermenting an ale yeast at 80-90. it will make for lots of flavor but not the kind you might expect.

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Old 12-30-2012, 03:01 AM   #7
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Check the yeast manufacturer's published data for proper fermentation temps. In general Lager yeasts are fermented low because at ale temps because they throw unpleasant tastes. FYI, I did a 10 gallon batch this summer. Split it into 2 5 gallon fementers. pitched an ale yeast to one and chucked it into the spare shower with no temp control. The other I pitched a lager yeast and placed it in the ferm chamber witrh proper temps. They came out virtually identical.

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