Originally Posted by RLinNH
Well, at the lower temps, your little yeasties are slower to wake up. So a lag time of 48-72 hors is NORMAL.
Disagree with this completely. A properly oxygenated (emphasis on oxygen) and pitched lager will show clear activity at 48F in 12 hours, and full krausen in 24hrs. If you're waiting 2-3 days to see activity, you're doing something wrong.
OP: As you now realize, lagers are considerably more difficult to see to a successful outcome relative to ales. Unfortunately, you chose perhaps the most difficult style as your first attempt. Chalk it up to a learning experience, lots of good information in this thread.