Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Beer Discussion > Just got into lagering
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 02-08-2013, 05:15 AM   #1
dmbshen41
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 61
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

Default

I know this question has bedeck brought up a million times; but I want to do away with carboys; after seeing all the post they scare me!!! And my question is if i do away with carboys do i do away with secondary's all together??? Or can a bucket do the same thing as an secondary Carboy? My question mainly has to do with lagers because my understanding is I have to transfer to secondary before putting in my keezer for 8 weeks!!! And with other beers do people just do away with secondary's and let beer sit in primary for weeks and then Straight to bottling???


dmbshen41 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-08-2013, 05:17 AM   #2
brettg20
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Newport Beach, CA
Posts: 807
Liked 112 Times on 75 Posts
Likes Given: 7

Default

Why do you want to do away with carboys?


brettg20 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-08-2013, 05:22 AM   #3
Mongrel
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Sisters, Oregon
Posts: 1,700
Liked 223 Times on 137 Posts
Likes Given: 59

Default

I do all my lagering in kegs now, but if I was still bottling, I'd stick with the carboy. You don't want all the head space you get with buckets, and I say this as someone who mainly uses buckets for primary.
__________________
THPTPTH!
Mongrel is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-08-2013, 10:50 AM   #4
944play
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Santa Rosa, CA
Posts: 2,733
Liked 45 Times on 41 Posts
Likes Given: 56

Default

Kegs are ideal lagering vessels.
They have built-in handles.
They are lighter than carboys.
They are unbreakable.
They are pressurizable.
They are light-tight.
They can be heat-sanitized.
They have built-in diptubes.
They double as serving vessels.
The opening is bigger than that of a carboy (for cleaning, dry-hopping, oaking, etc.).
__________________
OD: ?
Pri:-
Keg: Simple AIPA (2-row, Chinook, Cascade, WLP090)
944play is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-08-2013, 02:37 PM   #5
AmandaK
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: KCMO
Posts: 1,502
Liked 139 Times on 105 Posts
Likes Given: 24

Default

Also, if you're scared of carboys - use Better Bottles. And lager in kegs.
__________________
BJCP Master Beer Judge
AmandaK is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-08-2013, 02:40 PM   #6
Bulls Beers
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Bulls Beers's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: , Boston Bomber#1 place of death...
Posts: 3,169
Liked 149 Times on 113 Posts

Default

Better bottles and Kegs are about it for me. I don't really use 6 gallon buckets anymore. I mainly use the buckets for sanitizing stuff.
__________________
Spezialisiert auf Deutsch Lagerbier...
Bulls Beers is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-08-2013, 02:49 PM   #7
dmbshen41
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 61
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

Default

When you all refer to kegs are referring to sanke or ball mock kegs? Because with snakes you would have alot of headspace
dmbshen41 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-08-2013, 02:56 PM   #8
zeg
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: West Lafayette, IN
Posts: 1,218
Liked 129 Times on 111 Posts
Likes Given: 137

Default

Lagers are probably an exception to the "secondary not necessary" rule. Since the purpose of the extended cold aging is to produce as clean a flavor as possible, slight effects from the trub that would be unnoticed in an ale may be unwelcome in a lager.

This doesn't necessarily mean a secondary if you're kegging. As has been well covered already, you can lager in the keg. My point isn't that you want to add a secondary / bright tank phase for its own sake, you just want to get the beer off its trub before the lagering period. If you're bottling, that'll mean an extra racking.


zeg is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
lagering fridge died at the beginning of lagering dgez General Beer Discussion 5 09-10-2010 07:03 PM
Truncated Lagering...Bottle Lagering? Evan! General Techniques 12 05-17-2009 02:02 AM
lagering at 45-50F balto charlie General Techniques 12 04-25-2008 12:23 PM
Lagering MikeFlynn74 General Techniques 24 03-04-2008 01:53 PM
Lagering... how to? The Pol General Techniques 15 05-24-2007 03:16 PM


Forum Jump

Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS