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Old 12-31-2011, 06:03 AM   #1
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I recieved a mr beer for Christmas, and in the process of pale ale, but I want to start making largerquanty of beer like Ale but prefer largers, maybe honey in it, any suggestions, I'm know dealing with a local brewing co. purhasing a larger beginers kit. well worth the money compared to others, and many recipts. this is all new to me any help would be great.

 
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Old 12-31-2011, 06:19 AM   #2
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OK so you have a local homebrew store (LHBS) in the area - great! Talk to them about equipment, or google austin homebrew, northern brewer, midwest, brewmasters warehouse, any of these places have equipment packages that will get you going with 5 gallon batches.

But first, pick up a book like How To Brew by Palmer, it will be a continuing source of information and guidance.

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Old 12-31-2011, 07:57 AM   #3
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Welcome! When you say " like Ale but prefer largers" do you mean lagers?

 
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Old 12-31-2011, 04:12 PM   #4
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You can actually find Palmer's book online for free. It's a good start, as well as reading a lot here on HBT.

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Old 12-31-2011, 04:17 PM   #5
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You can probably do a lager in your Mr. Beer vessel pretty easily, if you can find a place that is between 48-52 degrees (most fridges are too cold).

A lager uses a strain of yeast that ferments at about 50 degrees. After fermentation the beer is cold stored ("lagered") for 6 weeks at near freezing temps (or in a fridge is fine).

An ale uses a strain of yeast that ferments at 60-72 degrees, which works well for people who have a room temperature of about 65 degrees.

If you can ferment at 50 degrees, a lager may be doable for you. But keep in mind that they require this strict temperature control, and take longer to be ready. So many people start with ales since they are easier for beginners.
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Old 12-31-2011, 05:19 PM   #6
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You could also pick up some s-23 dry lager yeast and ferment that around 60.

 
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Old 12-31-2011, 07:04 PM   #7
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You can probably do a lager in your Mr. Beer vessel pretty easily, if you can find a place that is between 48-52 degrees (most fridges are too cold).

A lager uses a strain of yeast that ferments at about 50 degrees. After fermentation the beer is cold stored ("lagered") for 6 weeks at near freezing temps (or in a fridge is fine).
Exactly. Temp control fermentation 48-54ish for a couple weeks, rack to secondary keg, drop temps slowly over 2-3 days, stick keg in fridge a couple weeks. Works great.
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Old 01-01-2012, 08:13 AM   #8
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How can I maintain 48 - 52 degress without a frige or maybe a basement that can hold that temp, in order to maker a lager, sorry comer88888, not larger, Any suggestions, Thankyou All.

 
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Old 01-01-2012, 08:23 AM   #9
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What kind of beer do you like? If you let us know we could recommend some ales that are easier to brew then lagers.

 
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Old 01-01-2012, 03:35 PM   #10
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I want to attempt a honey lager or maybe an octoberfest lager. I just purchased an ale with my new beginer's kit. So thats 2 ale's fermenting. So my question is can a small fridge maintain a steady 48 to 54 degress, or will it be to cold.

 
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