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Old 04-29-2008, 03:53 AM   #1
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Hey...I hope this doesn't turn into another long glass vs. bucket vs. better bottle thread, but my specific question is can I lager at 33-35F in a glass carboy without fear of it breaking (b/c of temp)?

It has been fermenting in a bucket at 50F and I am doing a diacetyl rest at 58F, and then plan to rack and slowly ease it down to a lagering temperature of around 33-35F. I do have a plastic bucket available, but would prefer to lager in glass if I can so I can brew and use the bucket for a primary.

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Old 04-29-2008, 03:54 AM   #2
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Carboys are (roughly) just as susceptible to breaking as beer bottles. As long as the beer doesn't freeze, you've got nothing to worry about.

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I did my lager in glass. Even if it freezes, it would take a hard freeze to crack it.

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As others have said, chilling glass is no problem. Freezing seems unlikely as the beer has alcohol in it and has to be lowered well below freezing temperature to actually freeze.

You just don't want to shock the glass with a sudden temperature change - that could cause it to shatter.

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Great, thanks for all the input. I'm planning to lower it down to lager temps pretty slowly so hopefully there shouldn't be any problem with shattering.

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I've had beer freeze (not frozen solid) in a carboy or two and they didn't break.

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