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Old 04-19-2009, 12:37 AM   #1
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It seems that ales are all the rage these days in America when it comes to brewing handcrafted beer,both commercially and also for the homebrewer, yet most beer drinkers in America and the world (except Britain maybe) drink Lagers almost exclusively. So do any of you homebrewers out there mostly enjoy and brew lagers? I haven't brewed a lager yet but I plan to soon.
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Old 04-19-2009, 12:44 AM   #2
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I think it's more a case that lagers are more challenging to brew, since temp control is more crucial than it is for ales...And I'm sure most brewers don't have a dedicated fridge or chest freezer to keep the temps as low as is required..I brewed my first lagers this winter in using the pretty unheated storage in my loft building's garage, doing sort of ghetto lagering.

Plus I think lagers do get a bad rap, since BMC's are lagers, and despite the complexity with which they require are pretty bland and tasteless.

But having discovered maibocs, and especially, vienna lagers, I've found that some can be just as complex as many ales...I enjoy them, but I wouldn't say I prefer them over ales....
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Old 04-19-2009, 12:48 AM   #3
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I prefer ales (never made a lager). I do not see why there could not be as many different styles of lager as ale, but I like hoppy and spicy, malty is ok, but I find most lagers fairly boring.

 
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Old 04-19-2009, 12:59 AM   #4
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Lager is the most popular type of beer in the world, I think. I love lager beers, especially when they are crisp, clean and full of flavor. I'm trying as much as I can to get my ales to taste like a lager and they're beginning to come close. I'll make a lager when and if I get better at brewing.

 
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Old 04-19-2009, 01:13 AM   #5
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I recently tried my first lager just to see if I could do it but it was enough of a pain that I probably won't do it again. Huge starter, chilling the wort, keeping it cold, and then the time requirement...although the sample at the end of the primary was pretty promising.
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Old 04-19-2009, 01:16 AM   #6
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I just brewed my 3rd lager (a swartzbier) and really enjoy the results. The biggest downside for me is the time required from brew day to drinking. I've got several carboys and one is being used for a mead right now. When I bottle this, I will probably have more opportunities to brew more lagers. Space is a close second, and a primary reason I have not bought a 5th carboy.
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Old 04-19-2009, 01:25 AM   #7
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I do both.

I just today brewed my third lager in a row. I hadn't done any lagers since November.

Next month will be a lager and two ales. In June I will be too busy to brew, so I am getting the pipeline filled.

I am still using coolers and frozen 2 liter bottles for temp control. Hopefully, I will get my mini fridge based cooler done this summer.

 
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Old 04-19-2009, 01:54 AM   #8
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I'm not a big fan of most lagers that I've had. I don't dislike them, I just don't enjoy them as much as the ales I've had. Of course, as a result I'm not as likely to buy and try lagers, so my exposure to them is much more limited.

 
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Old 04-19-2009, 03:17 AM   #9
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Seriously though for all you new brewers/lurkers.. try a good swartzbier or Vienna Lager, or even a maibock, you will be converted to actually liking some lagers...I know I was...I used to hate most lagers (atleast the bohemian pilsmers that BMC is based on) until I tried beers of those three styles, especialy the vienna lager....they are amazing. Some worth Trying are, August Schell's Firebrick Vienna Lager, Great Lake's Elliot Ness Amber (vienna lager) and Trader Joe's Vienna Lager....

You will be pleasantly surprised.
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Old 04-19-2009, 03:28 AM   #10
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I currently on a try a different style every brew kick. Get the whole range of HB experience. I started with a stout,ale,pils and just brewed a lager this afternoon. So many recipes so little time.

 
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