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Old 08-28-2013, 06:14 PM   #1
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I want to do an Oktoberfest this year. Realistically I probably should have started about a month ago. How long do I need to lager the brew?

Theoretically, if brewed this weekend, could it be ready by mid-October?


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Old 08-28-2013, 06:16 PM   #2
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How do you feel about "cheating" and doing an "Octoberfest style" ale?

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f63/bier...-ale-ag-39021/


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Old 08-28-2013, 06:19 PM   #3
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How do you feel about "cheating" and doing an "Octoberfest style" ale?

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f63/bier...-ale-ag-39021/
I have no reservations but I'd prefer to do a mini-mash...taking a break from AG for a while.
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well if you brewed september 1, primary should be done by september 13. lager until october 4 and then bottle/keg for mid-october consumption.

you better be working on that yeast starter
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I routinely do mash to serving of lagers in 8 weeks, and often can push that to 6 weeks when I get everything dialed in right. Make sure you pitch plenty of yeast an you'll be fine.

I'm brewing two O'fests this weekend and then two more in two weeks. However, my party won't happen until early November - I play in an Oompah band so my weekends are pretty well filled up from late Sept. to the end of Oct.
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Good to know. I have a fermentation fridge and can do a big starter if I get my stir plate ready this weekend. How big of a starter are we talking? 1000ml?
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You need to use a yeast calculator to find out the correct starter size. Yeastcalc.com or mrmalty.com.
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The lagering period depends on the mash method, gravity of cooled wort and primary time/temp.

In general: Based on "New Brewing Lager Beer" by Greg J. Noonan
Light beers and beers from decotion can range from 3-12 days. Very strong beer can be lagered for 6 to 8 months.
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Good to know. I have a fermentation fridge and can do a big starter if I get my stir plate ready this weekend. How big of a starter are we talking? 1000ml?
it's usually about a 2L starter on a stir plate
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I want to do an Oktoberfest this year. Realistically I probably should have started about a month ago. How long do I need to lager the brew?

Theoretically, if brewed this weekend, could it be ready by mid-October?
Realistically, you should have made it in March ... that's why it's called Marzen.


The quick Oktoberfast recipe is really good, but not quite traditional tasting. I'd make that if you're looking for an Oktoberfest.


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