Just brewed my first lager, a Negra Modelo clone. Mash, sparge, & boil all went great. I cooled wort to 60 F then pitched a 2 L Starter (from Wyeast 2124 Bohemian Lager) that I had prepping in my basement at about 55 F for 2 days or so. Fermentation seems to be going fine right now.
My question is about the temp swings in my basement. Since we're going through a pretty cold snap right now my basement temp can go down to about 48 F or so... it's 50F right now. It can go as high as 54F. Should I be worried about temp swings in that range ( 48-54 F)?
The fermentation schedule calls for 54 F for 14 days then a diacetyl rest at 60 F for 3 days, then aging ramping down from 54 to 40 over 30 days (not sure how I can do that.
Any thoughts, anyone? I'm still pretty new at this!