What defines lagering? - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Beer Discussion > What defines lagering?

Thread Tools
Old 05-05-2013, 11:46 PM   #1
Dec 2012
Posts: 16
Liked 3 Times on 2 Posts

I think this is the right section, I was between posting in here of brew science. I've always been an ale guy and have just started playing with lagers. I've got a rough concept of how it goes and my most recent should be done near mid-june. So my question is if it takes at least 6 weeks to make a lager, and at least 4 weeks of that is the lagering time, then how can the big breweries that make beer in 2-3 weeks call them lagers? At 3 weeks I might have been at lagering temps for a couple days, and the big breweries might have been there a week by then.
Bottled: hefeweizen, Smokey Wheat
On deck:

Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2013, 12:04 AM   #2
Aug 2012
Posts: 425
Liked 30 Times on 17 Posts

Beacuse they care about money. Not quality.

Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2013, 01:15 AM   #3
Dec 2011
Durham, NC
Posts: 1,553
Liked 92 Times on 80 Posts

Originally Posted by 25518 View Post
Beacuse they care about money. Not quality.
I'm not sure that's fair. It depends on what you are trying to accomplish with lagering. Some of the things that homebrewers strive for, like crystal clear beer, are accomplished with filtration in a commercial setting. Removing diacetyl happens relatively quickly.

Kegged Two Hearted, Dragonmead Final Absolution
Bottled Robust porter, Founder's Breakfast Stout, Ommegawd Hellepin, Ed Wort's Apfelwein
RIP Snake Dog IPA, Biermuncher's OktoberFAST, Falconer's Flight IPA, Two-Hearted clone (Culturing Bell's Yeast), Noberon wheat, Skeeter Pee using dry yeast, Smooth Oatmeal Stout

Simple and easy wort aeration - Harvest yeast from your blowoff - Homebrew Spicy Mustard

Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2013, 01:27 AM   #4
I Sell Koalas
Cyclman's Avatar
Jan 2013
Aurora, CO
Posts: 6,300
Liked 763 Times on 636 Posts

Remember breweries have expensive laboratories, so they can accurately measure when each step is done, they can control their processes with great accuracy. To a homebrewer, a few percent here or there don't really matter. For a large craft, a few percent is huge, so they study process and literally turn the process into a science.
Give a man a beer, waste an hour. Teach a man to brew, and waste a lifetime! Bill Owen quote

Why does Happy Hour limit happiness to 1/24 of the day?

Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2013, 02:33 PM   #5
Oct 2011
, Pa
Posts: 743
Liked 175 Times on 118 Posts

Brewers use an enzyme called Mature-X to get rid of diacetyl. The enzyme shortens the aging process greatly, by removing precursors that form pentanedione and diacetyl VDK. And no, it's not a porn site.

Reply With Quote
Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
What defines a pale ale? pplejay General Beer Discussion 9 03-26-2012 07:45 PM
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
What defines a 'session' beer? Danny013 General Beer Discussion 6 09-30-2008 07:11 PM
Lagering Help covered95 General Techniques 3 11-29-2007 02:17 AM

Forum Jump