Single Stage Lagering - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Single Stage Lagering

Thread Tools
Old 12-05-2007, 07:42 PM   #1
Winesburg Ale
Nov 2007
Posts: 22
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Has anyone tried making a lager with a single fermentation vessel? Would the beer have to sit too long on the trub? If I were to do it, do you think a 6 gallon carboy would be the optimal vessel for a 5 gallon batch?


Reply With Quote
Old 12-05-2007, 08:45 PM   #2
Ale's What Cures You!
Yooper's Avatar
Jun 2006
UP of Michigan, Winter Texan
Posts: 69,881
Liked 8088 Times on 5645 Posts

My opinion is that it would be too long on the trub. If you can only do single stage, you can "lager" in the bottle. That's just my opinion, though.
Broken Leg Brewery
Giving beer a leg to stand on since 2006

Reply With Quote
Old 12-05-2007, 09:36 PM   #3
Oct 2007
Posts: 1,567
Liked 8 Times on 8 Posts

I don't know the science, but in my experience it seems, lager yeast is more likely to experience autolysis, or the strong yeast cells eating the dead or weak yeast cells. I think it might have something to do with the yeast being bottom fermenting, so the acive cells sit next to the dead ones, where as ale yeast is top fermenting and settles out when done.

I have problems brewing lagers in that I am on a only brew on the weekends schedule, and if my beer doesn't comply with that schedule, it can spend 2 weeks or more in primary. You have to work your schedule around the lager, rather than working the lager around your schedule, they are less forgiving than ales.
No matter how rich you are, you can still only drink 16 or 17 liters of beer a day.

Originally Posted by quixotic View Post
The true definition of an addiction: not stopping even when a dog is having his way with you.:D

Reply With Quote
Old 12-05-2007, 10:03 PM   #4
Madtown Brew
Jun 2007
Madison, WI
Posts: 258
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

I've left lagers in the primary for 3-4 wks, then gone directly to bottles. IIRC, the propensity for autolysis is dependant on temperature (among other things). So, as long as the temp remains stable and below 40*F, a month on the primary yeast shouldn't be too risky.
rye farmhouse ale
flanders red

Reply With Quote
Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Single Stage Dry Hopping? likes2brew Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 18 10-25-2010 06:40 PM
Two-stage temp control with a single-stage controller stoutaholic General Techniques 4 07-21-2009 07:07 PM
Single stage or Blow-by ? kjung Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 2 06-14-2008 12:54 AM
2 stage ferment vs. single stage sudsmonkey General Techniques 4 07-21-2005 02:28 AM
Single or Two stage? Majikcook Equipment/Sanitation 9 01-19-2005 02:53 PM

Forum Jump