Ive seen a few posts suggesting this topic, but each person seemed to be unable to actually ferment at a good lager temp. Something like 40-55 degrees, whatever the particular strain likes. Im not looking to do a steam beer.
Myself, I am able to ferment at these temps. Technically then, of course, I am also able to lager in the secondary at these temps (or lower). I am, however, unwilling to lager this cold. I dont mind holding up my fermentation fridge for 3-4 weeks to ferment a lager in its primary. After that though, I just cant justify dedicating my fridge for another 4-6 weeks to lager in the secondary at the proper temperatures. After a month, Id be itching to brew again and would need the fridge for the next beer.
So, is it worth it to primary a lager nice and cool for 3-4 weeks, whatever it takes to finish with a D-rest and all, and then give it a long secondary conditioning at cellar temps? My basement is in the mid 60s in the fall/winter. Does anyone have experience with this?
Thanks and cheers.