Lager pitching - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Techniques > Lager pitching

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 02-14-2008, 06:25 PM   #1
Cos
Recipes 
 
Jul 2007
Posts: 136


If I want to pitch my lager at 52 deg. Can I put my wort in the frig overnight to get it to 52, then aerate and pitch? If I left it in the primary bucket, it would be sealed.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-2008, 06:57 PM   #2
menschmaschine
 
menschmaschine's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jun 2007
Delaware
Posts: 3,272
Liked 41 Times on 33 Posts


Not sure about that as I'm uncomfortable not getting my yeast in there right away! You could always pitch at a bit higher temp (60-ish). and then do a good diacytel rest.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2008, 12:55 AM   #3
Got Trub?
Recipes 
 
Apr 2007
Washington State
Posts: 1,538
Liked 9 Times on 7 Posts


Absolutely. Just be sanitary. As your working with cooler temperatures with lagers you do have more time. I would also recommend if you are going to do this to cool your wort in your brewing pot o/n then rack into your primary the next day before aerating and pitching. That will maximize the amount of trub that settles out including more cold break material so you will have very clean/clear wort to ferment.

GT

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-16-2008, 03:32 AM   #4
avidhomebrewer
Recipes 
 
Sep 2007
Posts: 2,553
Liked 24 Times on 23 Posts


Just my 2$ worth, when I make a lager, I cool it normally, pitch the yeast and leave it at room temp until I see signs of fermentation (usually no more than a day). Then, I will put it in the fridge to cool it down for primary fermentation.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-17-2008, 10:03 PM   #5
gmay10
Recipes 
 
Feb 2008
Mount Joy
Posts: 44

I was told by an experienced lager brewer that you should pitch your yeast at room temperature and wait for it to start fermenting. Then you should take it to the place where it 50 degrees

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-18-2008, 12:24 AM   #6
WBC
 
WBC's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jun 2007
La Puente, CA, California
Posts: 2,164
Liked 8 Times on 8 Posts


You can do it both ways but the colder method is what commercial brewers do. For your first lager aerate the wort and pitch 1 1/2 qts starter yeast at room temperature to 70F wort and wait for signs of fermentation and then take it down slowly to 50 to 53F.
__________________
Cheers,
WBC

Fermentor 1: Bill's House Ale II, Fermentor 2: German Helles, Fermentor 3: Bill's Schworzbier (Black Bier)
Tap 1: Bill's House Ale II, Tap 2: German Hefewizen, Tap 3: Nut Brown Ale
Future Brews: Stone IPA Clone, Blonde Ale, Budvar Clone, Newcastle Clone
New toy: Blichmann 27 gallon fermentor


“If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging”

“Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment”

 
Reply With Quote


Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Lager Pitching Temp: Can we settle this lager debate? mdf191 General Techniques 32 11-02-2011 08:21 PM
lager pitching rates mdf191 General Techniques 6 02-08-2008 03:48 AM
Pitching lager yeast Cos General Techniques 4 01-12-2008 03:25 AM
Chilling and pitching a lager Cos Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 2 07-22-2007 04:18 PM
Pitching a lager budbo General Techniques 5 06-09-2006 01:59 PM


Forum Jump