I'm new to this forum, but needed some advice about a recent batch of pale lager. I have been brewing for a while and had made some good lagers in the past, but hadn't made a lager for a long time because I no longer had the fridge space - got another fridge and decided to make a pale lager.
It was pretty active in the primary at about 62 degrees for a day, then I slowly lowered about 5 degrees a day until about 37 degrees, where it stayed for 2 weeks, then performed a diacetyl rest at about 62 degrees for a day, then into the secondary for about a month, again lowering 5 degrees a day until back to 37. Everything was looking good so far.
I primed and bottled, and here is where I may have messed up (I made the mistake of working from memory) - in my mind, I thought previously that I had continued lagering in the bottle, but now I'm questioning that - to further complicate it, I set the temp to about 45 degrees to store in the bottle, but somebody unknowingly turned it down to 35 degrees - after 3 weeks, I cracked one open and it is very flat w/ very little carbonation - now I'm not sure what I should do next:
Do you think I have messed up this batch or will it likely start carbonating when I raise the storage temp? Should I move to storing at room temp or just a slightly warmer temp? If it doesn't start carbonating on it's own, could I possibly re-pitch & re-prime each bottle & then re-cap? - never done this before, but I really don't want to lose this crystal-clear, nicely-flavored batch.
Thanks in advance for your advice.