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chaos2984 01-14-2012 01:26 AM

2nd brew octoberfest suggestions
Im am going to start my 2nd batch tomorrow. I picked up a brewers best kit and got a whyeast octoberfest yeast packet for it instead of dry yeast. I also picked up another bucket for it. Any suggestions on brewing it or fermentating it. I talked to the guy at the store and he said around mid 50's is ideal. Is that a good temp.

chaos2984 01-14-2012 03:09 AM

any good suggestions before i start brewing tomorrow morning

beerman0001 01-14-2012 03:14 AM

Need to make a yeast starter. Ferment at 50. good luck. Mrmalty.com

chaos2984 01-14-2012 11:05 AM

really how come ferment that low. how long should i ferment for. When should i check it

irunxcjm 01-14-2012 12:47 PM

Octoberfest yeast is a lager yeast which need to ferment at a lower temp. Never lagered before so I couldn't tell you a time line. This is probably a bit advanced for a beginner.

chaos2984 01-14-2012 01:49 PM

i didnt know that that beer was a lager or i would of picked something else. The yeast it came with said it ferments at ale temps. But i asked if their was a better yeast and he said that he had a yeast for that exact beer. but i think i have the techniques down so i think it will be ok and I have you guys here to coach me along Thanks

chaos2984 01-14-2012 03:57 PM

im brewing now. Im steeping the grains now. Im reading the directions now and it says to bring to a boil then add the extract's should i do that or after the steeping should i add the extract and then bring it to a boil

chaos2984 01-14-2012 07:39 PM

ok i just finished brewing. When i put it in my bucket i strained it and filtered out all of the hops should i have done this or it doesnt matter? Ended up with a sg of 1.060 kit called for 1.052-1.056 i got higher somehow. Also the lowest temp i can get is 60F is that going to be a problem with fermenting??

irunxcjm 01-15-2012 07:02 PM

Some people strain, some don't. That's not any worry. 60F ambient might be a problem for lager yeast. Fermentation gives off heat, so your temp will actually be a few degrees higher. I would bet that it might have some funky off flavors. Also, lager yeasts tend to need a big starter due to the lower temp. If you didn't make a starter, I'd expect a longer lag time. In any case, let it ride. Maybe you'll discover something really good!

chaos2984 01-15-2012 08:13 PM

well i had a wyeast smack a pack and smacked it and got it going before i pitched it in. the packet was pretty swollen. So i should be ok. I checked it just now and it says 57 on the side of the bucket. And the ambient temp is 56 in my basement

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