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Old 02-26-2008, 12:39 AM   #1
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Got me an old fridge for making lager and want to try that out in the next month.

I'm thinking tempurature and conditioning of the yeast - so I am wondering if making lager starters at 70 degrees is OK?

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Old 02-26-2008, 12:46 AM   #2
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I usually do my lager starters at a cooler temp, but I suppose you can, but you'll want to cool it down for a day or two and decant off the spent wort before you pitch, otherwise you risk off flavors.
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I usually make my lager starters at room temperature. After all, I'm not making beer, I'm growing yeast. After it's a huge starter that I've stepped up by adding more wort, and then it's fermented out, I put it in the fridge so it's settled out. Then I decent the spent wort. I remove it from the fridge to warm it to 48 degrees, I cool my wort to 50 degrees, and then pitch that ever so slightly cooler yeast into the wort. It takes off well, and I have no off flavors and rarely even any diacetyl.
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