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Old 02-20-2010, 02:33 PM   #1
May 2009
Lewisberry, PA
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Recently got a used refrigerator and want to try making a lager. The refrig. will only get to 45 deg.. From what I've read thats okay for fermenting, but not low enough for lagering. Am I still okay to lager at 45 deg.? Will it take longer?

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Old 02-20-2010, 03:45 PM   #2
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45 is a bit high for lagering, but it won't ruin the beer. How is it that the refrigerator only gets to 45F? That's not even cold enough for food storage.

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Old 02-21-2010, 02:48 PM   #3
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Well, he did said it was used. Maybe that's the reason they sold it!
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Old 02-21-2010, 02:55 PM   #4
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45 is a bit high but it can still work. You may want to store at 45 for a longer period of time. Noonan recommends lagering at 30-35 for at least a month for a 5 gallon batch. You may want tot extend the time to 2 months.

Does the fridge have a freezer section large enough to lager in? Waht temperature is that at?
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Old 02-21-2010, 05:54 PM   #5
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I'd bypass the thermostat to see if the fridge can get colder. If so buy a new thermo or get a Johnson/Ranco/Love, etc controller for it.

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