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Old 10-30-2012, 01:50 AM   #1
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Hi all. I am currently in my 4th batch and love this new world of home brewing. Cant wait to start my next batch.

However, while making the last recipe, an American Lager, I followed the instructions of a retailer to the letter. It states that the optimum fermentation for this beer is from 60-72 deg F. Now I may be a rookie, but that seems high compared to what Ive read on lagers. The yeast is Wyeast Pilsen Lager.

Would you think it is a typo on their part?

Im already on the lagering phase and would hate to wait that long just to get subpar beer.

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Old 10-30-2012, 05:49 AM   #2
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You are right, those are ale yeast temps. Here is the correct info for that yeast.

That is a tough style to do well. I fear your lager won't be as clean as you would want.

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You are right, those are ale yeast temps. Here is the correct info for that yeast.

That is a tough style to do well. I fear your lager won't be as clean as you would want.
Oh well, guess ill leave it lagering for quite a while before bottling to see if it helps...
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I've actually heard of some folks fermenting lagers around 60F, 10F higher than usual, then performing a typical 3-6 week lager with no ill effect. If your process was sound, you might still have a nice beer. That said, I ferment my lagers between 50-52F for a couple weeks, do a 2 day diacetyl rest at 68F, then lager for a month or so in the keg.

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