Well upon further testing and inspection, my basement closet is only keeping 55-56 degrees right now, so I do think I could manipulate the temperature enough to do the active party of fermentation between 48 and 50 degrees F. The lagering portion would be the most difficult for me. As soon as I finished this thread a little while back, the temp has fallen and it is way too cold in my garage. How long does the average beer take to lager? I know many lager for quite some time, others for only a month or so. Maybe I can rig a heating mechanism in order to keep my beer above freezing. I know that the moment I do that though, it will be back to warmer temps outside. Maybe I should just hold off on making a lager and do some sort of cream ale or a lager-like ale with some cooler fermenting ale yeast.