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Old 08-03-2011, 06:45 PM   #1
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I have a kegerator that serves as both my kegerator and my method of temp-controlling my fermentations. I'm going to be brewing a lager in the next couple of weeks, and I was wondering if it would be possible to lager at 38° rather than 34° so that I can also have a keg that I'm actively drinking tapped at the same time so I don't have my kegerator tied up for the next 2-3 months. Everything I've read says I need to lager at 34° and serve at 38°; I'm just wondering what the implications would be of lagering at 38°, serving at 34°, splitting the difference at 36°, etc.

What would you recommend? Do I need to just wait until the lagering is done, drink that, and then proceed with the next brew, or is there some way I can have both going at the same time?

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Old 08-03-2011, 06:49 PM   #2
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I think you'd be fine according to several books, including Palmer. The only lager I've done I lagered at 40 and it turned out great IMHO.
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Old 08-03-2011, 06:50 PM   #3
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I'd serve at lagering temps before I'd lager it at serving temps. You are probably okay either way though.
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