Originally Posted by Zappa42
I am in the process of brewing my first homebrew. I am using a Coopers Lager kit that came with my supplies from the homebrew shop. I used corn sugar with it. It started fermenting about 8 hours after pitching the yeast. That was on Saturday evening. It is being stored in my closet and the house temp stays between mid 60s at night to 72 during the day (I live in TX so it dosent get to cold that often aroud here). I have not taken any temp readings during the brewing process. It is now Wednesday and I am still seeing activity in the airlock about once every 5-10 seconds. After reading the boards I am a little concerned about the temprature. I understand that lagers need to be cooler. The guys at my local brew store recommended the Coppers Lager for the first one since it is a average type beer that will please most people.
Any feedback would be appreciated. Will the beer be Ok at the above temps?
I think it will be fine. I made the same beer a few times when I was starting out, mostly with similar temperature conditions to what you describe. All but one time it turned out excellent, the other time it had a bit of a sour bite to it that others have suggested to me might have been infection of some kind.
I do think that it would probably be better if it were fermented at a lower temperature, but I do not know this for a fact because I have sense moved on to brewing mostly all grains.
I have over the past few months tried almost all of the Cooper's canned beer kits, and my general impression of them is that the Ale style kits are much more satisfying than the Lager or Draught style kits.
One hint I can give you about the Lager is if you follow the instructions from the Cooper's kit you will be ok, the only thing that I would recommend different is the kits instructions mention you can bottle after 5-7 days, I think you'll be happier if you go ahead and wait 10-14 days before you try to bottle it. You don't really need to do a secondary with Cooper's kits, one good thing about them is that the beer finishes really clear and pretty on its own without needing a secondary ferment/condition.
Once you get it bottled, give it a few weeks in the fridge before you really tear into it if you can wait that long. It really does make a good beer, you just won't realize what a good beer it is until its almost gone.