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Old 03-01-2011, 12:30 AM   #1
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Do yeast starts for lagers need to be made at the same temperature the beer is going to be fermented at?

I am planning on fermenting a lager at 50 for 2 weeks. The OG is 1.056 so I figure I need about a 1 gallon starter which I plan on making tonight so it's ready to brew on Saturday. Do I need to let the starter ferment at 50 degrees or can I let it sit at room temperature like I do for ales?
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Old 03-01-2011, 12:34 AM   #2
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No, you do not need to ferment a lager starter at lager temps. The room temp would be best.
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Old 03-01-2011, 12:48 AM   #3
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It's funny how we all do it differently. I always ferment my starters at the temp I'm fermenting in. I usually keep my starts at about 50, and my beers come out excellent.
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