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Old 06-20-2011, 01:50 PM   #1
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Default Lagering in the keg

I'm not partial to working harder than I have too, hence I no longer secondary (and I've had great success with 10+ beers since stopping). When it comes to lagers/pilsners, has anyone had success starting fermentation in their primary, then transferring straight to their serving keg and letting it lager there?

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Old 06-20-2011, 02:16 PM   #2
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I am no expert by any means, but my last 4 lagers I did exactly as you suggest....fermented in primary at desired temp for about 3 weeks or until estimated FG was nearly reached, diacytle rest, then kegged and stashed in keg fridge at 42F to lager in the keg. Carb up after lagering and it's good to go.

Not sure it's the best way, but it is easier and it does work.

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Old 06-20-2011, 03:31 PM   #3
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That's how I do it.

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Old 06-20-2011, 03:33 PM   #4
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that's exactly what i do as well.

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Old 06-20-2011, 03:51 PM   #5
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Same as me.

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Old 06-20-2011, 05:01 PM   #6
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I've never made a lager before, but doing it this way seems like something I might try.

A couple questions:
Do you bleed off your kegs at any point during the lagering? Is there any pressure build-up at all?

Do you pressurize the keg at all when you first fill it to make sure the seals all seal?

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Old 06-20-2011, 05:03 PM   #7
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I carb and lager at the same time. That way I don't need to wait the extra time to carbonate post lagering. I have not noticed any ill effects from doing this.

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Originally Posted by Nohup View Post
I've never made a lager before, but doing it this way seems like something I might try.

A couple questions:
Do you bleed off your kegs at any point during the lagering? Is there any pressure build-up at all?
No need to
Do you pressurize the keg at all when you first fill it to make sure the seals all seal?
Yes, you need to purge and seal them, you can carb immediately as well..
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Old 06-20-2011, 08:09 PM   #9
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I ferment in my carboys and then transfer to a keg. After the lagering time is over I force tranfer the beer to another keg to get it off the yeast that has dropped out while lagering. Sometimes I carb while lagering, and sometimes afterwards. Really depends on how much room/beer I'm dealing with.

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If you keg, you always secondary - the keg is it!

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