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Old 05-03-2009, 07:35 PM   #1
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Default First Lager & 3rd AG Brew - Look Right?

This is my third AG brew, and my first lager. (a Munich Helles)

I'm wondering if this looks good so far - the krausen took a day to get going and then built up nicely. But I was expecting it to drop down after 6-7 days. I'm used to Ale fermentation which is very easy to see when it is done working.
I haven't taken a reading since pitching. I wanted to leave it undisturbed as much as possible. I know looking at it is not very definitive, but was hoping some lager experts could advise - "leave it alone until krausen falls off" or "read it and decide".

This puppy will take about another 6 weeks before I can taste the final goods, so I am trying to be careful.

Any advice welcome!

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Old 05-03-2009, 07:42 PM   #2
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recipe in case anyone is interested...

WeBeck Edel Helles
Munich Helles


Type: All Grain
Date: 4/25/2009
Batch Size: 5.00 gal
Boil Size: 6.42 gal
Boil Time: 60 min

Ingredients

Amount Item Type % or IBU
7.40 lb Pilsner (2 Row) Bel (2.0 SRM) Grain 84.09 %
1.40 lb Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM) Grain 15.91 %
0.05 oz Hallertauer Mittelfrueh [4.00 %] (45 min) Hops 0.7 IBU
0.50 oz Tettnang [4.50 %] (20 min) Hops 5.2 IBU
1.00 oz Saaz [4.00 %] (0 min) (Aroma Hop-Steep) Hops -
0.50 tsp Irish Moss (Boil 10.0 min) Misc
1 Pkgs Bavarian Lager (Wyeast Labs #2206) Yeast-Lager

Beer Profile

Est Original Gravity: 1.047 SG
Measured Original Gravity: 1.055 SG
Est Final Gravity: 1.011 SG Measured Final Gravity: TBD
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 4.67 % Actual Alcohol by Vol: TBD
Bitterness: 5.9 IBU
Est Color: 3.5 SRM


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I don't even usually even look at my lagers until 10-14 days in primary. By then, the krausen has usually fallen. If I'm doing a diacetyl rest, I'll check the SG to see where I'm at. If I'm at 75% or so finished, I do the diacetyl rest then while the fermenting finishes up.

You may want to wait about 3-4 days and check the sg and see if you're ready for the diacetyl rest.
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+1 on yooper's advice. what, by the way, was your mash schedule? did you decoct?
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YooperBrew - thanks; reassuring to wait then and not mess with it.

blackwater - yes I did a triple decoction following several books & Kaiser's video. Here's the info:

Edward's Helles Decoction Mash, Triple, Lager Step Time Name Description Step Temp
20 min Acid Rest Add 6.25 qt of water at 113.5 F 105.0 F
25 min Protein Rest Add 3.00 qt of water at 166.5 F 122.0 F
12 min Beta Sacch Decoct 3.20 qt of mash and boil it 146.0 F
15 min Alpha Sacch Decoct 1.64 qt of mash and boil it 155.0 F
5 min Mash Out - Half Mash Decoction Decoct 3.16 qt of mash and boil it 170.0 F

I did have trouble meeting the 170 F at the end. A 5 Gallon MLT just isn't big enough I think... Next time I'm moving to a 10 gallon.

Reason: pasted too much!
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Forgot to post a pic of this Lager.... Very clean and tasty. Though I seem to suck at photographing by beers....



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