Originally Posted by JohnnyO
I'm confused. You pitched your yeast on 10/22, then did d-rest on 11/18? Or 12 days later which would be either 11/3 or 11/4. If you did your d-rest after 12 days in primary, it was too soon. If you did it on 11/18, you should have reached your FG by then.
I guess my second question would be how much yeast did you pitch? If you didn't pitch enough yeast, then it's possible that it took a little while for the yeast to replicate and it's going to take longer than usual.
You should wait until the beer is close to your FG before doing the d-rest. Typically three to four weeks would be enough time. However, you should go by your hydrometer readings.
Your FG may be a little higher because of your higher start. But you should probably let it go at least another week before lagering. Take a sample then and see if you have any diacetyl. If it's the same gravity or it has dropped a bit lower, then you could go ahead with lagering.
Thanks for the response! I followed the instructions from the kit, but now that I have done more research. I beleive I did do the d-rest way too soon. I started d-rest on November 3rd. Next time I will go by my hydrometer readings.
I pitched one Wyest American Lager package. When I purchased the kit it didn't say anything about pitching more yeast or making a starter. I understand now tht Lagers sometimes require more yeast or a starter.
I took a sip and there is no sign of diacetyl. I will take another reading next Friday and go from there. Thanks again!