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Old 08-31-2010, 04:32 PM   #1
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Default Lagering in a garage?

I'm interested in brewing a lager (Hellesbock) this winter, but I don't have access to a fridge for storage/fermentation. I got the idea of lagering the brew in my dad's garage. The temperature flucuates throughout the day in winter but should never go above 5-7 degrees C. Would daytime/nighttime fluctuations in temperature cause any major problems?

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Old 08-31-2010, 06:22 PM   #2
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It doesn't fall below freezing does it? Given the mass of the beer it will not fluctuate as much as the ambient temperature does in the garage. In an ideal situation you would have little if any fluctuation but we all have to improvise/compromise. I have used a back (North side) room to lager in the winter with good success. Currently I use a crawl space that throughout the winter is about 45-48F.

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Old 08-31-2010, 08:03 PM   #3
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If it doesnt freeze, you could submerge it partialy in water to help with the temperature swings.

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I lager all winter long in my garage, it works perfectly. When it warms up, I keg it all up and keep it cold for those long summer days of beer drinking.

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You can place the carboy in a tub of water. Add a submersible recirculating pump. (The kind used for outdoor water ponds.) Then, an aquarium heater just in case.

Of course, keep it covered with blankets.

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