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Old 03-28-2012, 06:54 AM   #1
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I just finished my primary fermentation of a munich helles, and the beer is now sitting in my living room for a 3 day diacetyl rest. (Sample tastes pretty good so far) I pulled the beer a little later than I wanted, I was waiting for the krausen to fall and it fell a little late in the process.

Anyways, now I'm contemplating the next steps. After my 3 days is it better to rack into a new vessel for 4-5 weeks @ 35-40F?

I was going to rack into a carboy originally, but now I am reading about racking to a keg with the diptube cut an inch short. I also read somewhere that it might be beneficial to leave the beer on the primary yeast cake to let the beer clean up longer.

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Old 03-28-2012, 12:01 PM   #2
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My preference is to rack to a secondary as the lagering process will clean the beer up. When I do a lager I let the beer sit in the primary for 3-4 weeks. By then the yeast will have cleaned up after itself and will finish the job during the 1-2 month lagering process.
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I rack my lagers to a keg after 2-4 weeks of fermentation (depends on OG). I do not cut my dip tubes short. I do use gelatin when I keg, and anecdotally, this seemed to help stabilize the yeast that settle out so I don't get much when I tap the keg. I find my first half-pint has too much yeast and gets dumped. Usually within 4 pints, the beer is crystal clear. Of course you have to be careful about jostling the kegs around.
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