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Old 12-11-2007, 10:39 PM   #1
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i recently recieved one of those "mr. beer" home brew kits, im a little skeptical, but I wanted to try it anyways so I ordered the "Holiday Party Ale no.2" kit off of mr. beers web site.

On the website, it says to ferment i minimum of 7 days - if i ferment longer will it taste better or is it a waste of time?

It also states that the suggested lager time is 1 month. What does that mean? Does that mean it suggests that I leave it to ferment for a month or I bottle it and let it sit for a month? Or if its not one of those then what does it mean?

thanks for the help everyone.

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bottle it and let it sit for a month

Lagering is the cold conditioning of beers brewed with lager yeasts.

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I would go 7-10 days in the fermenter. Based on what I know of MrBeer I'm going to guess they mean to condition the bottles for a month before you start drinking.

If you properly lagered before bottling I'm not sure you'd have enough yeast left to carbonate properly. But I don't make lagers so I hope someone else will chime in.

To be safe you could do 2 weeks in the fermenter, then bottle and condition in the bottle for a month before drinking. That is pretty close to what most homebrewers do.
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