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Old 07-23-2011, 12:00 PM   #11
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Just kegged it yesterday and set it in the kegerator at 30 psi, at 38 degrees. Have to try it in a day or so.

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Old 07-25-2011, 12:54 PM   #12
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Just kegged it yesterday and set it in the kegerator at 30 psi, at 38 degrees. Have to try it in a day or so.
Try it in a week =). Lagering, like any conditioning phase, is best sampled after time.
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Old 09-08-2011, 09:40 PM   #13
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So I am going to bring this thread up. I am thinking of doing the NB Kolsch kit next and was wondering about the lagering part. I do not have a big enough fridge to condition in a secondary at the correct temps. Can I bottle after it is finished, let them carb for 2 weeks and then put them in the fridge?

ETA: Unless I wait until late fall early winter and I will be able to lager it in the garage.

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So I am going to bring this thread up. I am thinking of doing the NB Kolsch kit next and was wondering about the lagering part. I do not have a big enough fridge to condition in a secondary at the correct temps. Can I bottle after it is finished, let them carb for 2 weeks and then put them in the fridge?

ETA: Unless I wait until late fall early winter and I will be able to lager it in the garage.
you can lager it in a bottles if you like
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Agree w bottling. I had mine on tap for only 2 weeks....good brew. Didn't do much lagering.

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You slow the yeast down to a crawl, thereby inhibiting ANY phenols or esters while lagering. In the lagering phase, your beer clarifies and conditions so clean due to the low temps and slow conditioning that it turns out crisp and refreshing.
So when fermenting a kolsch is it better to let it go for just 3 weeks in the primary and then lager for several weeks or should it go longer than three weeks in the primary before the lagering stage?

I am asking because my wife loves spotted cow and I want to try to make a clone recipe of this beer than we can only get when we travel to the great state of Wisconsin.
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I live about 20 mins from the new glarus brewery and yes spotted cow is great. I made a clone of it from northern brewer a Lil while ago. It was good. Didn't lager but it did get better once kegged and temps where at 38.

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