Originally Posted by Oakwood
What does Lager the beer mean? I am a newby to Lagers/Pils. I have done a few ales but nothing like this.
Lagering I believe is the German word for "to store". This is basically what you do, you hold the beer at cold temperatures for long periods of time.
Not trying to be a wet blanket, but I would seriously caution you not to attempt the beer at the high range of ferment temps. You won't get the classic Lager clean profile, and will most likely have some estery flavors in there that will remind you of an Ale. The one main reason to make a Lager is to avoid the esters (there are exceptions of course). Most people use what is called a "Lagerator" which is basically where they can hold the Lager at the proper (colder) temps.
Just wanted to add that Lagers are usually about simplicity of ingredients and perfection of process (imo anyway)