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Old 04-15-2009, 06:08 PM   #1
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I have made about 3 "from scratch" batches, with various levels of success. I decided that I wanted to try out a kit to see how good it would be, and so I chose the Oktoberfest kit from Brewer's Best.

I've read through the instructions, and from what I know, the Oktoberfest is a lager, but it has it pretty much listed as fermenting around 70 degrees, which leads me to believe this is an ale type.

Questions is... has anyone tried this? Is it very good if followed by the instructions? Would anyone who has made this make any modifications (fermenting time, temp, etc) that would make it better?

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Old 04-15-2009, 06:14 PM   #2
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What type of yeast is included with it? Chances are it is an ale, and therefore, technically not an Oktoberfest. A real Oktoberfest (lager) would be fermented at ~50F and then lagered for a couple months at ~33F. It may or may not turn out to be a good beer, but it won't be an Oktoberfest.
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Old 04-15-2009, 06:25 PM   #3
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I'm sure that uses an ale yeast. An Oktoberfest isn't a bad lager to do as an ale. You could buy lager yeast and lager it if you wanted to. Or you could use an ale yeast like Nottingham and ferment around 60 degrees, which is sort of a middle ground position.

 
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Old 04-15-2009, 06:47 PM   #4
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Nottingham dry is the yeast. Will be hard to maintain it at 60 as it is getting warmer where I live. Has anyone actually tried this kit and can give feedback?

 
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Old 04-15-2009, 06:53 PM   #5
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I'm interested to see what all ends up happening if you ferment it with that ale yeast... I mean, I know what I think will happen, but just genuinely interested...

I'll be watching this thread...
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Old 04-15-2009, 07:15 PM   #6
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I'll report back. I have a crawl space that stays a little cooler. I'll put it in there and let it go for a couple weeks

 
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Old 04-15-2009, 09:19 PM   #7
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alternativly, you could put your fermenter in a disposable turkey pan, fill with water cover with wet towels and rotate ice packs in and out, that should lower your temp by 8-10 degrees.

 
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Old 04-15-2009, 10:56 PM   #8
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I did that kit about 4 years or so ago. I used the ale yeast, and fermented it at 60-62 degrees. I measure the temperature of the fermenting beer, not the air temperature, so the room temperature was probably a bit less. It came out really good! Not exactly "oktoberfest" to style, but it was a good drinkable beer.
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Old 04-15-2009, 11:17 PM   #9
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This kit was my first brew about 4 months ago, it turned out good. I will say it had a bit of an aftertaste after 3 weeks in the bottle, almost salty, but that faded as the beer aged a few more weeks. Definitely one I would do again.
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Old 04-16-2009, 01:14 PM   #10
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I brewed this kit in January. It is a very drinkable beer. It doesn't really taste like an oktoberfest. However, it was only my second batch and I fermented it on the high end (around 70 degrees) of the temp scale. I recommend what troutab81 said about fermenting it at around 60 degrees.
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