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Old 01-12-2013, 10:53 AM   #1
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Hi all. I'm just about to bottle my first batch, a Coopers DIY lager kit. Now that I've done more reading I think that I let it ferment at too high a temperature for a lager. I'm not too worried about it though, the samples tasted fine.

My question is should I get another of the same lager kits for my next batch and regulate the temperature better? I also saw that some people add hops to these kits?

Will better temperature control make much difference to the final product? I've been working on a thermostat controlled heat belt so I should be able to do reasonable temperature control on the next batch.

Thanks a lot!

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Old 01-12-2013, 12:48 PM   #2
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Accurate, stable temperature control of your fermentation is one of the most important parts of brewing. Not only does it allow you to make a better product but it makes repeating the results of a specific recipe much easier.

There are several DIY posts on HBT on making temperature controlled fermentation chambers out of old fridges/mini-fridges so if you have an unused one laying around or can get one on the cheap it will make your life much easier on future brews.

Lagers can be finicky so you may want to try a nice ale on your next batch since most can be done at room temperature (low to mid 60s+).

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