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Old 09-05-2011, 04:51 PM   #1
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Default First Kit - BB Octoberfest- to lager or not?

I think I may have screwed up before my first batch! I bought a starter kit from a lbhs and picked up a Brewers Best Octoberfest kit as my first batch. After getting home and doing some research, I realized I'm not setup for lagering. I do have an empty fridge and could let it sit in primary in the high 30's for a few months. This is a full size fridge that I'm not allowed to modify (yet). At this point should I shelf the kit and try another or just make it as an ale?


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Old 09-05-2011, 05:53 PM   #2
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High 30s is too low for lager yeast. I believe that kit says the yeast will work at warmer temps, though you should at least aim for cool room temps. If you don't trust the yeast, then buy a packet of dry ale yeast and use it.


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Old 09-05-2011, 06:25 PM   #3
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Look and see what type of yeast is being used. I think most extract kits use ale yeast (top fermenting) which allows you to ferment at higher temps.

Do a search on the yeast and figure out what kind it is.
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Old 09-05-2011, 06:28 PM   #4
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just from doing a quick search on the forum it looks like this is ale yeast. Also FYI people have said that this was a good beer kit and they feremented any where from 60-70.

Try and maintain a constant temperature if you can.
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Old 09-05-2011, 06:41 PM   #5
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I bought that kit (2 of them) and I have 9 gallons of it fermenting in my basement fridge as we speak. Two 6.5 gallon carboys bubbling away at 55 on day three of fermentation. After primary fermentation is nearly done, I'm planning on doing a diacetyl "rest" (I prefer to call it a diacetyl "purge") and then I'll transfer it to secondary carboys and then begin to lager it down to lower temps, dropping a degree every day until I get to about 35 or so.

No "modifications" need to be done to a fridge to use it as a fermentation chamber. You can buy a single-stage temperature controller that the fridge plugs into. A probe connected to the controller goes into the fridge, and the controller turns on the fridge when it gets too warm inside.
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I made this kit last winter. I fermented it at 50 degrees and it turned out great. My brother in law fermented his kit at low to mid 60s and its was a lot more fruity. I would recommend replacing that yeast with a hybrid lager yeast or a kolsch yeast. ferment it as cold as you can. around 60 if possible and it should turn out fine
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When I bought this kit, it came with Saflager s-04 I'm pretty sure.
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ferment at room temp (or the closet to 60 as you can) then lager in your fridge for a while, it will turn out fine; or skip the lagering if you want and I'm sure you'll still enjoy it.
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It's a Fermbrew lager yeast. After reading some if the threads on swamp coolers, I may go that route. I read a thread or two on making a hybrid pumpkin ale by changing the yeast and adding pumpkin/spices, but not feeling that confident on my first batch!


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