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Old 04-02-2014, 11:26 PM   #11
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I haven't racked my last few lagers and have not noticed any difference from the ones I did rack and they are the same recipes so no. I think if I were to lager longer than the 4-6 weeks I would rack but otherwise no.


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Old 04-02-2014, 11:33 PM   #12
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Hi duboman. I meant lagering not cold crashing. I fermented at 53 degrees F and I am currently doing d rest at 62 degrees F. Wondering how I should proceed. So you don't secondary, and you get great results?


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After the d-rest is done and you're at FG, cold crash the primary down into the mid-30's for a week then rack straight to keg or bottling bucket. No need for secondary unless you plan to lager in it before bottling.
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Old 04-02-2014, 11:45 PM   #13
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Would longer lagering make a huge difference on the taste?


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Old 04-03-2014, 01:19 AM   #14
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Would longer lagering make a huge difference on the taste?


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IIRC a good rule of thumb is 1 week per 10 gravity points so a 1.050 beer would be 5 weeks or so. Lagering provides a super nice clean crisp beer
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Old 04-03-2014, 02:48 AM   #15
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Thanks duboman, I think I will lager for six weeks.

Also, thanks for everyone who contributed a suggestion. This helps a lot.


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A lot of people including me don't move to a secondary. Once the d-rest is complete I will drop the temp back down to fermentation temps for a couple of days to finish fermentation then drop the temps down to the mid 30's for a couple of days to cold crash. After that I move to a keg and keep the temps around 35 for a couple of weeks to several months all the while hooked up to co2 to carb. This way all I have to do is hook the keg up to a tap and it's beer30.

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I usually drop the temps in primary (3 degF) per day. Once I hit lagering temps, I rack to secondary and lager in a carboy (or keg). I prefer to keg my lagers, so I usually don't worry about the yeast. But I did add a small amount of ale yeast the one time I did bottle an Oktoberfest.

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I think I might end up bottling after bringing temp down into the 30's for several days. I was about to rack to a glass carboy, but noticed a hairline crack on the bottom and didn't want to risk it.


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