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Old 03-31-2007, 03:04 AM   #1
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OK my first lager has been in the primary for 1.5 weeks and I am wondering if I should do a diacetyl rest. Temp has been a constant 53 deg f. Bubbling is about 3 per min. Do these help flavor?


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Old 03-31-2007, 11:19 AM   #2
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I'd leave it for another week in primary, then raise the temps to 60ish to finish primary before racking to secondary and lagering.
Don't let a time schedule dictate your lagers (or ales for that matter).


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Cool, thanks. About what bubbling rate would you reccommend?
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It is recommended that when your primary is about 3/4 to terminal expected gravity then you raise the temps to about 60f to do the rest. The rest is done until your brew is at terminal gravity. Then you lager.

I don't go by bubble rate. I use my hydro.
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Diacetyl rate makes a NOTICEABLE change to taste. Before diacetyl rest, my lager was undrinkable, after diacetyl rest, it was pretty yummy. 2 months later, still in secondary, it's freakin great!!!
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Cool thanks. To be perfectly honest I dont trust my hydrometer. It gave me 1.044 IG after 6lbs of extract, 2lbs of mashed grain(150deg F) and 1lb specialty grain (160f). I had another batch where I added 9lbs of extract and got an OG of 1.054 or so.
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Cool thanks. To be perfectly honest I dont trust my hydrometer. It gave me 1.044 IG after 6lbs of extract, 2lbs of mashed grain(150deg F) and 1lb specialty grain (160f). I had another batch where I added 9lbs of extract and got an OG of 1.054 or so.
Test it in some distilled water at its temperture rating. If it reads 1.000, it's perfect.


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