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Old 02-03-2011, 09:13 PM   #1
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Hi guys,
I am doing my first lager (German Pils!) in a few weeks and have been researching the best methods.
My IC can only get my temps down to 65F, when I know the best way would be to cool to 46ish and pitch.
So it seems like like I have two options:
1. Pitch at 65 and slowly lower to ferm temp (say 48)
2. Place bucket in Freezer until cooled to 45. Rack into fermenter- picth at 46.
I hear this takes about 4-5 hours?

What do you guys think?

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Old 02-03-2011, 09:30 PM   #2
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I vote #2

If you want to pitch at 45, the 4-5 hours won't really make a huge difference.

I suspect other people might tell you that you should pitch warm, though. There is an ongoing debate about what temperature to pitch at. I tend to like pitching nice and cool, rather than pitching it warm and then dropping it down. If you do a search for Narziss lager fermentation methods, you'll find one argument for pitching cold. Other people feel that pitching warm helps the yeast get going better.

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Old 02-03-2011, 10:22 PM   #3
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If you have a harbor freight near you go pick up a cheap (as in 5-10 dollar) submersible pump. Slide some tubing over the outflow and hoseclamp it to the IC and recirculate water from a cooler with lots of ice and water to drop the temp some more.

or go with #2 and stick it in the freezer for a few hours.
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Old 02-03-2011, 10:42 PM   #4
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I vote for #2 or swampassJ's method with the pump.

There are many times in homebrewing that people are faced with this decision: should I do the easy method that lots of people subjectively say "it worked for me!" or should I do the difficult way that I know has a better potential to make better beer... always go with number 2.
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