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Old 02-01-2013, 06:52 PM   #1
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I'm trying to make my first pseudo-lager-type beer using this recipe as a base:


I pitched two packets of Saflager S-23 into my 5-gallons of wort at 65 deg. F, then placed it in the coldest part of my basement, which has maintained a temperature of 56 deg. The Fermentis website sayst that the ideal temp range for this yeast strain is 53.6 - 59 deg. Day 1.5-Day 4 experienced very fast (1 pop per second) airlock activity. Dawn of Day 5 showed slower airlock activity (1 pop every 10 seconds).

So, be gentle since I'm still a newb at this...

When should I rack out of primary (this was also my first time using a whirfloc tablet and there's a good amount of trub in there)?

I'm going to keep my secondary in the same location - how long in secondary and are there any special considerations should I take into account? I have no capacity to lager, with the exception of post-bottling storage in a refrigerator.


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Fermentation is going to be warmer than ambient temperature, sometimes by a lot. You probably fermented this at ale temps. Taste it when the gravity's aroudn 1.020 and see if it needs to get even warmer for a diacetyl rest. If not , bottle it up, get it carbonated, and get it into lagering for a good long time. Next time, you'll probably want to do this with an ale yeast.
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