Hi all. I am currently in my 4th batch and love this new world of home brewing. Cant wait to start my next batch.
However, while making the last recipe, an American Lager, I followed the instructions of a retailer to the letter. It states that the optimum fermentation for this beer is from 60-72 deg F. Now I may be a rookie, but that seems high compared to what Ive read on lagers. The yeast is Wyeast Pilsen Lager.
Would you think it is a typo on their part?
Im already on the lagering phase and would hate to wait that long just to get subpar beer.
I've actually heard of some folks fermenting lagers around 60F, 10F higher than usual, then performing a typical 3-6 week lager with no ill effect. If your process was sound, you might still have a nice beer. That said, I ferment my lagers between 50-52F for a couple weeks, do a 2 day diacetyl rest at 68F, then lager for a month or so in the keg.