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Old 01-10-2011, 03:49 PM   #1
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I brewed an Alt on New Years Day and it's currently sitting in the primary at around 64F. I plan on keeping it there for another 2 to 3 weeks then I want to lager it for 3 weeks or so before bottling. Should I rack to secondary for lagering purposes or just leave it in the primary? My gut says primary but I'm wondering about the pros and cons.

I plan to lager at around 40F if that makes any difference.

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Lagers should be clean beers, so you'll want to get it off the yeast cake once primary fermentation is done.


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Lagers should be clean beers, so you'll want to get it off the yeast cake once primary fermentation is done.
+1, except Alt's are ales. It would be best to transfer first. It's not really necessary to lager that style, but it won't hurt either.




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It's not a lager, I'm just lagering it. The recipe is based on JZ's Dusseldorf Alt. He suggests lagering for 4 weeks before bottling. From what I've read about Alts lagering after fermentation is complete is common practice.

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It's not a lager, I'm just lagering it. The recipe is based on JZ's Dusseldorf Alt. He suggests lagering for 4 weeks before bottling. From what I've read about Alts lagering after fermentation is complete is common practice.

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Since you are "lagering" just to basically clear the beer and drop the yeast you can do it either way. I have done a kolsch "lagering" in the primary. As long as you are careful transferring when bottling/kegging you will be fine. Secondary will be a little better as far as less yeast, but not sure its worth the trouble when adding an extra step and risking infection.
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jheist, I was thinking the same thing concerning simplicity and risk of infection.

I've still got a few weeks to wait - I'll make up my mine then.

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If it helps that Kolsch was one of the cleanest beers I've made, bright and clear!


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