My wife got me a starter kit for Christmas this year after wanting to try brewing at home for quite some time. I found this site shortly after and on Jan 4th I brewed by a Red Canadian ale extract kit my wife got with the starters kit. After I was done getting it in the primary, I realized I was missing a few items that I really needed (hydrometer) for my next batch. I decided that I wanted to get another kit and the proper equipment and have a go with another batch. After 11 days in the primary I moved the Red over to a secondary carboy, and got ready for my second kit. Today I picked up a Morgans Canadian Lager kit from my local beer supply store. I also bought a 500g Morgans light DME to mix in with the sugar provided by the supply store. I brewed the kit tonight using some of the instructions I have found on this site. I took a reading with my new hydrometer and it came out at 1.042. I feel pretty confident about this brew having learned a few things from the first kit, plus all that I have learned on this site over the last couple of weeks. I plan to leave this batch in the primary for a few weeks until it is ready to bottle. One question I do have is that I have read on a few other sites that lagers should be left to ferment at a cooler temp (15-20 degrees C) than ales. The instructions in my kit said to leave it between 23-30C. I have access to a cold room which usually is around 15C. Should I leave it at room temp (23C) or put it in the cold room?
Anyways, I just wanted to say thanks again to everyone that makes this place a great resource for people new to the hobby.