Originally Posted by bunggo
I am making my second beer (first lager). It is a Brewers Best dortmunder gold lager kit.
I made the wort and put it in a primary for 3 weeks at a fairly constant 54 degrees. I have moved it to a carboy, and been lowering the temperature on it daily for one week.
My problem is that I've kept it on the patio in a box to help maintain the temperature, but the temperature has gotten sunny here for the last couple days and I think my beer has probably gotten up to the mid to upper 40's, then back down to the lower 40's over night.
I asked my local brew store about this, and they pretty much claimed bloody murder saying that the beer is probably ruined, and I must bottle it to save it if it isn't already ruined. I read that people just let it lager for a long time though... so I'm confused.
Take a deep breath. Your beer isn't ruined.
I'm no expert by any means, but I'm fairly sure if you just deduct those scant hours your beer wasn't at the optimal temperature and add it to your lager schedule you'll be fine.
Someone correct me if I'm wrong.