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Old 12-24-2009, 01:31 AM   #1
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This is not the normal diacetyl rest post...

I am brewing my first lager, a doppelbock. I checked my gravity tonight and my fermentation is about half way through. I know the diacetyl rest is usually done when fermentation is about 75% done. However my wife and I are going out of town tomorrow for 4 days and the beer will probably be past the 75% mark when we get back.

I tasted the beer when I took the sample and I do not taste anything buttery or slick, but I know that a diacetyl rest never hurts. I pitched the yeast at 50 and have been fermenting at tha too

So should I do the rest now or wait until we get back? I figure that it will still be fermenting when we get back and since I didn't detect any diacetyl, if there is any, the yeast won't need much to clean it up

I'm leaning toward waiting....am I okay or should I just do it now??

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Old 12-24-2009, 02:17 AM   #2
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I'd leave it alone until I got back, but that's just me.

I never try to rush a beer since fermentation is a natural process that must run its course.

I made a couple of "speed brews" before that were good to drink right away, but once I kegged it the diacetyl showed its ugly head. I had to add more yeaast to the keg and let it sit at 70F for another week to clean itself up.

I still do the "speed brew" recipe, but I let it finish cleaning up before racking.

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Old 12-24-2009, 12:23 PM   #3
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Im not really going for the speed brew or trying to rush it, just trying to decide when the diacetyl rest will be the best....

Since Im not tasting it, I think I will wait until I get back. Fermentation will almost be done, but I figure with the little that it has left, that will be enough to clean up any of the low level of diacetyl that may be there. Then its time for 6-8 week of lagering....

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