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Old 02-14-2013, 08:17 PM   #1
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Default I can't get my Lager below 45 degrees.

I have just started my first Lager. A friend bought the kit for us to here together not knowing anything about brewing.
Now its up to me to lager it properly. I don't have cold storage beyond my garage closet which stays at about 50 degrees. I guess my question is, will the beer ruin if I'm lagering at 45 degrees or so?

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Old 02-14-2013, 08:28 PM   #2
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It will take longer. Lager I'm told roughly translates to storage. Compounds drop out during lagering and colder temperatures accelerate the process.

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you really need to be down in the 30s, i'm not sure it could be seen as taking longer at 45.

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Old 02-14-2013, 10:56 PM   #4
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Ok, well since lagering is a choice, would it be better not to lager this batch and just start lagering when I have the gear to do so?
This is a Light Pilsner and is currently stable and in the Secondary.

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Ok, well since lagering is a choice, would it be better not to lager this batch and just start lagering when I have the gear to do so?
This is a Light Pilsner and is currently stable and in the Secondary.
the clean lager taste is because of lagering so it's not really a choice if what you are after is a lager. so, is a lager still a lager if it has not been lagered?
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Don't let people scare you. Lager it a 45 for a month or two. I guarantee you it will be a good beer. It may not be as crisp as you hoped for but it'll still be good.

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DISCLAIMER: I have a fermentation chamber, so I've never tried this myself.

From what I've seen, you can get good results by aging it at the lowest temp you can. There is an episode of BrewTV about this, where they lagered using a bunch of different "wrong" techniques. If I remember correctly, lagering in a guys basement closet at "too high" of a temperature turned out to be pretty good.

So, maybe it won't be as crisp / clean / lager-like as if it had been done properly, but I doubt it will be ruined.

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Nice, ok thanks fellas. I'm thinking of just leaving it alone until the temp raises to a level I'm not comfortable with. Doggon Sacramento winters. I appreciate the advice.

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Don't let people scare you. Lager it a 45 for a month or two. I guarantee you it will be a good beer. It may not be as crisp as you hoped for but it'll still be good.
Agreed! Before I got my lagering chamber, I did a couple of years where the lagering consisted of sitting in kegs in my basement at 50 F (and then warmer in Summer - they were only brewed in winter). Then I would give them two weeks in the kegerator before tapping. The beers turned out great!
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Dumb question (and maybe a thread jack): can I lager in a corny? I have room in my keezer for additional kegs, can I just put one in there and tap it after a couple months of conditioning or do I need to do it in a carboy and transfer to a keg after?

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