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Old 07-04-2013, 08:16 PM   #1
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Hi,

Me and a few friends started our first brew of lager on Saturday 29th. After a day or so the fermentation started very nicely and we had constant bubbles coming through the airlock. No need to worry then surely, you say?

Well, after about 2 days of good fermenting it has now calmed down a lot and the bubbles are now very slow. So it appears that fermentation has slowed down a huge amount. I decided to take an S.G reading and it came to 1.010 which I thought was good but not quite there yet.

My worry is that it isn't going to reach the ideal S.G that we want (1.006 or lower). Am I worrying for no reason?!

Also, when I sampled the brew in a sample cylinder, it was incredibly cloudy and not nearly as clear and sharp as a good lager should be. Is that something to be worried about?

Thanks for reading and sorry for being a complete novice!

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Old 07-04-2013, 08:56 PM   #2
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Your major problem is that the beer isn't done yet. What temperature did you ferment it at and what yeast did you use?

I suspect that you really are brewing an ale instead of a lager as lagers require cooler temperatures and longer ferment times. Some companies will call their kit a lager when it really isn't.


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I rarely have any beers dip below a 1.010 i wouldn't worry. What was your og at? And what is your fermenting temp?
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Lagers take time. It has been four days. Wait it out.
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Your major problem is that the beer isn't done yet. What temperature did you ferment it at and what yeast did you use?

I suspect that you really are brewing an ale instead of a lager as lagers require cooler temperatures and longer ferment times. Some companies will call their kit a lager when it really isn't.
I'm fermenting at approx 20-22 celsius. The kit I'm using is a coopers cerveza which came with its own yeast.

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I rarely have any beers dip below a 1.010 i wouldn't worry. What was your og at? And what is your fermenting temp?
My original gravity was 1.036 I believe. I am fermenting at 20-22 Celsius.
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I'm fermenting at approx 20-22 celsius. The kit I'm using is a coopers cerveza which came with its own yeast.
20-22C? that's 68F-72F, which is in plain ale territory. You're making an ale, not a lager.

It's quite possible that it's done fermenting after 2-4 days.

Leave it be for a while.

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Yes. You are worrying for no reason. Let it sit for another week or two. Then Start taking gravity readings every other day. When it goes two readings without the fg changing you will be ready to bottle.
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20-22C? that's 68F-72F, which is in plain ale territory. You're making an ale, not a lager.

It's quite possible that it's done fermenting after 2-4 days.

Leave it be for a while.

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Thanks for the info. However, I don't see how it can be an ale? It's a coopers kit which is labelled as a Mexican cerveza. Very strange! They also do a European lager which they recommend to ferment at 21-27 Celsius. Could it be just something that Coopers do with they kits?
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It's a Lager, meant to be cold fermented and aged. It's only 6 days old, it will be cloudy and it won't taste like Lager. It may never taste like the Lager you're expecting it to be. Depending on the OG, you may be looking at a couple of months or more of Lagering. Lager isn't meant to go from boiler to belly in 4-6 weeks, unless you have the equipment to do it. Rack the beer off the goop in the primary and put the beer in a secondary below 45F and let the yeast do their thing. Don't get air in the beer. If you don't have temp control, it won't be a Lager and won't clear without finings or filtering. Lagers are fun to make, it's best to be prepared to brew them. Keep at it. It takes a while to tune everything in. Make an Ale, you'll have something tollerable to drink in a few weeks.


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