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Old 01-16-2008, 09:36 PM   #1
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Wondering if I can use Lager extract ingredient kits with an Ale yeast? (Pros? Cons?)

If so, can I brew and ferment for the same duration as I do for Ales? (usually 1 week in primary, 1 week in secondary, 2 weeks bottle conditioning).

Ready to Drink Bottles: AHS American Red - dry hopped w/goldings

Ready to Drink Bottles: AHS American Pale - dry hopped w/cascade

Bottle Conditioning: Goat Hill Bock

Bottle Conditioning: AHS Texas Blonde Ale - dry hopped with amarillo thus becoming "Amarillo Golden Ale"

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Old 01-16-2008, 09:45 PM   #2
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Yeah you can do that. It's the yeast more than the grains/extracts that make the beer a lager. If you use an ale yeast, you'll just be making an ale that maybe slightly off style. It'll still turn out fine.

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Old 01-16-2008, 09:51 PM   #3
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Hey Chris - you sure can do that. One other thing you might consider is the WPL810 San Francisco Lager yeast from White Labs. It works great in the Alabama climate, I've done several batches using that yeast here in Alabama since the weather turned colder and they've been fantastic.

You can make Lager kits using Ale yeast, but I think if you're going to use Ale yeast you'll be happier making an Ale style beer. Your "lager" is going to turn out somewhat like an Ale anyway, so you might as well go with it rather than fight it if you understand where I'm coming from.

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