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Old 01-05-2013, 01:56 AM   #1
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Default First Lager Ferment Going Very Fast

Trying my first lager, a Vienna (Mexican) style with 1.046 OG. Pitched 2 packs rehydrated S-23 yeast at 68F, let it show some activity, then cooled to 54-55F (S-23 site says 53-59F ideal). Had extremely good activity within 12 hours. After 6 days airlock went to nearly nothing, krausen was mostly in, so moved to 67-68F room to do a D-Rest.

Had some uptick in airlock activity which is now slowing. Plan to check gravity in 48hrs. If gravity is good, and taste/smell ok, I would be racking
to secondary for the lager phase in only about 8 days total. I see so many
posts about how lagers need 2-3 weeks to ferment out and clean up. Considering that, after the D-Rest should I put the primary back in the cooler @ 53-54F for a while more before before secondary/lagering, or go on to secondary/lagering after this short time, assuming gravities/taste/smell all good?

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Old 01-05-2013, 02:01 AM   #2
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I think you may be moving a little too quickly with this brew.

I ferment my lagers at about 45 or so (depending upon strain) until about 75% complete, then I move to room temp for about 3-4 days for a d-rest. After that, I'll check gravity and rack. If the gravity is good, I'll start the lagering for however long. I like to lager for at least 2 months regardless of strength, and up to 1.5 years for a big brew, all at about 33.

I would do the d-rest before lagering.

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Thanks. I am actually in the d-rest now. I probably should have done the primary at the lower temperature, but since the Fermintis site recommended higher I went with that, paranoid about it getting stuck. So much to learn.....

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I'm doing my first lagers, and also follows Fermentis S23 recommended temperatures and seeing the same fast fermentation.

Paradingbull, can you comment on how your beer turned out?

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I'm doing my first lagers, and also follows Fermentis S23 recommended temperatures and seeing the same fast fermentation.

Paradingbull, can you comment on how your beer turned out?
This beer and a 2nd lager I did with S23 both turned out fine. The second beer also had a speedy fermentation. On the second one I only used one packet of yeast, it still fermented out in a few days. I did D-rests on both, and both were lagered at 33-35F for 5-6 weeks before bottling. Based on my two experiences I say don't worry that it goes fast, your beer will be great.
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Thanks for the update Paradingbull. This is encouraging

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