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Old 07-22-2013, 08:55 PM   #1
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So I'm on my first Lager... Oktoberfest. Currently in the fridge but my fridge won't get below 39-39 w the high temps we've been having... and its been mostly at 40... How will this impact the lager?

Not as clear? tastes not as clean?

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Old 07-22-2013, 09:01 PM   #2
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So I'm on my first Lager... Oktoberfest. Currently in the fridge but my fridge won't get below 39-39 w the high temps we've been having... and its been mostly at 40... How will this impact the lager?

Not as clear? tastes not as clean?
I assume you are past fermentation and diacytl rest. I bottled my Bock on Saturday with a similar situation. I waited 6 weeks during lagering and it seems to have turned out fine. Temperature ranged from 35 before all this ugly heat to 42 during the height of it. I tried a sample during bottling (like God intended) and it still had the lager characteristics with the malty bock flavor. You should be ok. How long are you planning on lagering?
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39 will be fine for an O'fest...

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That's totally fine. While ideal lager temp is right around 30-32F, warmer temps work, it just might take a bit longer for the beer to be ready. Really, the whole purpose of lagering is to allow as much of the particulates to settle out of the beer as possible- I "lager" all my ale at 38F for 5-10 days before serving.

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Thanks guys. I am past ferment etc. I did start my fermentation at the high 40's and slowly warmed it to the mid 50's. Took a bit longer to finish up. Finally let it raise up to about 67-68 for 24 hrs and rest. Then dropped it back. I do need to rack it though... as its still sitting in the fermenter for the last 2 weeks at the 38-40 temp.

I'm hoping to let it sit for 6 weeks and then bottle so its ready in oct.

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Thanks guys. I am past ferment etc. I did start my fermentation at the high 40's and slowly warmed it to the mid 50's. Took a bit longer to finish up. Finally let it raise up to about 67-68 for 24 hrs and rest. Then dropped it back. I do need to rack it though... as its still sitting in the fermenter for the last 2 weeks at the 38-40 temp.

I'm hoping to let it sit for 6 weeks and then bottle so its ready in oct.
You'll be fine. Rdwahahb. I got my own oktoberfest fermenting now. I hope to be ready by mid October. What yeast did you use? I used WY 2308 Munich lager.
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Actually used2 diff dry yeasts. Seemed to have no problem.

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Should be fine.

You might check the temp ranges of the yeast you used for future reference.

Do you have an external thermostat for you fridge?

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No thatsthe prob. Just set it to high.

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No thatsthe prob. Just set it to high.
If you plan to brew more lagers then I suggest getting one. Temp control is very important and some lager yeasts have very specific ideal temps.
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