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Old 12-27-2008, 12:00 AM   #1
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Hey now,
I had a little extra dme around the house last week so I decided to brew a small batch and try something different, a lager. I decided on Rocky Raccoon's Honey Lager straight outta The Joy of Homebrewing. I modified the recipe, using Beersmith, for 4 gallons. It was something simple like this:
3lbs light dme
2lbs clover honey
.75 oz Cascade Boiling
.75 oz Cascade Aroma
Lager Yeast

Now my problem. After sitting in the carboy for 7 days I have no fermentation according to my hydro readings. Now I am trying to troubleshoot and recover. My temps in my garage have been avg. 45-50, so maybe the temp are just too low?? After that where would I look for problems? Bad Yeast?? I would think that the recipe is golden since it came from the book and modified using Beersmith. So experienced brewers where should I go from here in my effort to save my beer?? Thanks.

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Old 12-27-2008, 03:45 PM   #2
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Does anybody have any ideas on how to salvage this beer?

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Old 12-27-2008, 04:16 PM   #3
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What reading (FG) did you get on the hydrometer?

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Old 12-27-2008, 04:25 PM   #4
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It was 1.060, which was way higher than I anticipated. I was looking at more like 1.048-1.050

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That's the reading now? The OG (original gravity) could have been in that range, but if there was any fermentation at all, the reading now (FG or final gravity) should be much lower.

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Also, what lager yeast did you use? 45-50 should be fine for most lager yeasts, but the fermentation will take longer than an ale yeast.

Did you see any activity at all or any krausen at all?

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Old 12-27-2008, 08:39 PM   #7
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well I moved the carboy inside and the airlock is bubbling so....a small ray of hope that everything will work out. If not I do have some munton's ale yeast laying around that I could pitch. It will turn into a "Honey Steam Beer" at the worst.

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