I brewed my first lager 10 days ago. I had done my research and thought I had the process down pretty well. My plan was to let it ferment for a week or until I saw the krausen start to fall and then I was going to raise the temp for a diacetyl rest. Keep it at 65 F for two days, transfer into secondary, and then lower the temp down to 35 where I would park it for 7 weeks.
Of course, how often does your plan work perfectly? It took almost two days before I started seeing airlock activity. After about a week the krausen was still going so I tested the SG and it was 1.038. I was hoping it was at 1.025 by now and I would be starting the diacetyl rest.
Normally I would relax and have a homebrew and wait it out, but this Friday I'm going out of town for a week. I might be able to get the diacetyl rest in by then, but I doubt I'll have time to transfer into secondary and lower it to lager temps.
Now, my wife will be home and I could probably give her instructions on adjusting the temperature, but it's hit or miss that she'll remember. Honestly, with her I wonder if the dog gets fed while I'm out of town. But I can call her and text her to bug her to keep on it. But there's no way she can transfer anything into secondary, and I wouldn't trust her to properly get a sample to test the gravity.
So if I had her adjust the temperatures for me through the diacetyl rest and take it down to lagering and then just transfered into secondary when I got home do you guys think I would be alright?