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Old 09-18-2007, 12:31 PM   #1
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I ordered a Corona clone kit that came with White Labs Mexican Lager yeast. I don't have the fridge to ferment it properly. The instructions said it was best to ferment at cooler temps (50-55) but it gave instructions for brewing at normal fermentation temps. I went ahead and made it. What can I expect when it's done? Do you have any tips for me to make it turn out better?

Now I did it again. I ordered an Old English 800 clone that uses White Labs American Pilsner lager yeast. Should I use that yeast or substitute a non-lager yeast?
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Old 09-18-2007, 01:02 PM   #2
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A times I made Lager beers without controlling the temperatures precisely according to the instructions. I guess the beer didn't turn out exactly according to how the style of beer should turn out, but it was good drinkable beer nonetheless.

I guess if you change yeasts or not really depends on what you expect to get, but I wouldn't worry about ruining the beer or anything.

Do you like Ales ? Then maybe you want to get an Ale yeast. I think I'd just try to keep the fermenter cool in a cooler and go with the Lager yeast, after you bottle it and let it sit for a month or so it will taste great.

 
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Old 09-18-2007, 01:19 PM   #3
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I've been fermenting the Corona clone at room temp around 72-75. Fermemtation is done and it's in the secondary. Should I give it extra time in the secondary? What kind of off flavors if any should I expect from fermenting at too high of a temp?
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Old 09-18-2007, 01:27 PM   #4
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An Olde English clone? You mean the malt liquor that comes in 40 oz. bottles for a buck each?

 
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Old 09-18-2007, 01:30 PM   #5
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Yep trencher that's the one. I'm making it because my buddy lives on the stuff. Not my personal choice, but I will drink it.
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Aah... well once you've convinced your buddy that your beer is good you can help him find something else he likes.

OTOH I have missed those Mickeys 40s we drank in college. They don't sell that stuff in big bottles around here any more.

Good luck with the brew!

 
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Old 09-18-2007, 01:49 PM   #7
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He did really enjoy my pale ale. Too bad I only had one bottle for him. He's been drinking that stuff for a while. It's a cheap strong buzz.
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I've been fermenting the Corona clone at room temp around 72-75. Fermemtation is done and it's in the secondary. Should I give it extra time in the secondary? What kind of off flavors if any should I expect from fermenting at too high of a temp?

Well your mileage my vary - I made the same beer at about the same temperature with a Lager yeast and there were some slight tastes of green apples in the first bottles I tried. After it sat in the bottles for 5-6 weeks no off flavors and it was great.

Whatever you make will nodoubt be better than Corona from the store, I don't think Ale temperatures will destroy your Lager beer, they might make it flawed so that a beer snob would feel the need to pick out the flaws and show you what you did wrong, but you can be confident that it will end up better than a Corona. Just give it some time in the bottles to condition and you'll be golden.

 
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Old 09-18-2007, 02:22 PM   #9
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An infected batch will be better than corona!

 
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I'm not very familiar with that yeast, but I would expect you will get some esters that you didn't expect, as well as that acetaldehyde (green apple) that Mutilated 1 mentioned. It won't be spoiled, or anything like that.

I agree that, no matter what happens (barring brett infection), you'll have something better that what you would buy in the store.

You're a good friend for brewing that stuff. Next, be a better friend and brew some truly good stuff!


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