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Old 12-21-2011, 07:38 PM   #1
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Default 1st Lager carbed when I bottled?

I made my 1st lager and just bottled it. I'm not taking readings yet but now I will start.

I fermented at 55 degrees for 14 days, 2 days at 60 degrees, moved to seconday at 40 degrees for 45 days.

When I bottled it foamed up in the bottles. With all my ales they have been 100% flat when I bottle. Is this normal for a lager?

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Old 12-21-2011, 07:58 PM   #2
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I've only done 1 lager so far but I do remember a small amount of foam when I bottled it unlike with the ales. I assumed it was just some co2 coming out of solution as the beer warmed up.

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All fermentation have some amount of co2 in it.

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and CO_2 is more soluble at lower temps

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So is this normal or should I be leery of bottle bombs?

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So is this normal or should I be leery of bottle bombs?
It's normal. All fermentations have co2 in them. It's a byproduct of fermentation. It's only when we trap it in a bottle, and create more do we have carbonation.
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You are probably bottling that lager at a colder temp than the ale was.....as that lager warms a bit during the bottling process it will off gas some CO2....

I have a Helles Lager I brewed the last week of October....I plan on bottling next week...been putting it off hoping Santa brings me that self-priming transfer pump I asked for :-)

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Same thing happened to my apfelwein i bottled last night. I kept telling my bottling buddy that its alright if some foam comes out of the top of the bottle. As a result the first few bottles have a lot of head space. like 2 inches probably. Not too worried though.

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Does the bottle conditioning need to be done at 40-50F, or is 65F OK?

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Does the bottle conditioning need to be done at 40-50F, or is 65F OK?
I'd go with 70 degrees, if you can get it that warm.
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