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Old 01-20-2012, 09:11 PM   #1
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Hi, I'm brewing up my first lager, using one pack of wyeast 2124 bohemian lager yeast with an original gravity. I pitched the yeast 9 days ago, but signs of fermentation didn't start until 7 days ago.

My gravity reading right now is at 1.017 and the project gravity is supposed be right around 1.010. I'm getting 1 bubble every 6 secs in the airlock. Should I go ahead and start the d-rest, or wait it out a little longer?

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Old 01-20-2012, 09:19 PM   #2
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I would go ahead and do it... unless your OG was really low, you should be about 75% complete now.
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Old 01-20-2012, 09:20 PM   #3
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Agreed, sounds like it's time, good luck!

 
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Old 01-20-2012, 09:27 PM   #4
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Thanks again. Do you guys recommend that I gradually raise the temp, or just throw the carboy in the room at room temp?

 
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Old 01-20-2012, 09:30 PM   #5
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Just move it to room temp. Yeast are not shocked by warming up quickly like they are when the temp is dropped quickly.
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Old 01-20-2012, 09:35 PM   #6
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Should I go two days for the D-rest. How do I know when to stop? I didn't taste a lot of buttery flavor like I expected. You transfer to secondary after the d-rest, right? Also, in the lagering phase where should my temps be at? I here lowering it gradually, but to how low? My wine fridge only goes down to 46, but I could put it outside to get it in the 30's if need be.
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Old 01-20-2012, 09:36 PM   #7
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I would go ahead and do it... unless your OG was really low, you should be about 75% complete now.
OG was 1.040

 
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Old 01-20-2012, 09:46 PM   #8
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I typically go 3-4 days on the d-rest, but that is just my personal preference. The d-rest is done when the beer reaches FG. There is a dispute as to how fast you drop the temps, some say its unnecessary, others say it is. I'm on the fence, but I do slowly lower the temp by 2-4 degrees per day just as a precaution. I prefer to lager at 35 degrees for 42 days. Many lager at 38-42. It is a matter of preference. EDIT: You could lager at 46, but most people feel that you get a cleaner taste profile by lagering cooler.
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Old 01-20-2012, 10:02 PM   #9
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I believe you're supposed to do the rest towards the end of fermentation, not once it's finished. That seems to be the majority of what I've read. I do usually raise the temps gradually over a few days though.

 
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Old 01-20-2012, 10:41 PM   #10
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I usually take a few days to raise the temps, one to two day hold depending on whenever I reach my target FG, then two to three days to drop the temps back down. You should lager around 15 degrees below your fermenting temp so if you fermented at 54 you should lager around 39. I also lager around 35 though

 
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