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Reddog68 12-04-2011 09:11 PM

How long should I lager?
 
Hi Yall
I brewed my first lager a few weeks ago, and I am wondering if any of you could give me an idea of how long i need to lager. The kegerator is empty, and i am growing thirsty! Here is some info.
10 gal, 5 gal got saflager s23, and the other 5 got 34/70.
OG- 1.050, fermented 12 days at 53 degrees.
Put into fridge with gravity of 1.012 on November 22.
Is it ready to drink yet???

Yooper 12-04-2011 09:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Reddog68 (Post 3541434)
Hi Yall
I brewed my first lager a few weeks ago, and I am wondering if any of you could give me an idea of how long i need to lager. The kegerator is empty, and i am growing thirsty! Here is some info.
10 gal, 5 gal got saflager s23, and the other 5 got 34/70.
OG- 1.050, fermented 12 days at 53 degrees.
Put into fridge with gravity of 1.012 on November 22.
Is it ready to drink yet???

I think it was George Fix who recommended 1 week per each 8-10 points of OG, at a low temperature. I like to lager at 34 degrees, and so for a 1.050 beer I'd lager 5-8 weeks.

Malticulous 12-04-2011 10:02 PM

I might be good by Christmas. I lager until it's gone, but like to hold off drinking it until it pours clear at 33F.

osagedr 12-05-2011 04:40 AM

Put it away until the start of February.

Reddog68 12-05-2011 06:01 PM

You guys (and gals) are killin' me! February? Christmas sounds better to me.
Thanks for help everyone, I will wait as long as i can!

thanks!

944play 12-05-2011 08:51 PM

The best pint is almost always the last one.

mlyday 12-06-2011 01:40 PM

Lagers really need about 6-8 weeks. I say tap one of them at christmas and hold the other the full time. Maybe tap it for the superbowl.

osagedr 12-06-2011 01:53 PM

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Originally Posted by 944play (Post 3544215)
The best pint is almost always the last one.

Nice.

Exbeerienced 12-06-2011 02:42 PM

The notion that lagers are horrendous until properly aged, I found to be one of the biggest brewing myths out there, strictly in my personal opinion. There may be some yeasts that put off a nasty smell initially, but I haven't used enough different varieties to run into one of them. Lagers typically aren't vile concoctions after primary!

By all means, you should at least try your beer young, at least if it's clear. Keg it up. It will age while carbonated. Judge for yourself. To deny yourself that opportunity (and gained experience) is crazy. Enjoy!

What you will hear is that lagers improve with age. My experience tells me the more pronounced flavors may settle out somewhat, allowing subtler flavors to come through, but this is a very slight swing in flavors and aroma. Nothing terribly dramatic.

mlyday 12-06-2011 02:58 PM

They do get better when they are aged longer. Some of them have a sulphury smell when fermenting, and that can hang around for a while, time usually gets rid of it. Like I said before drink one a save one.


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