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Old 04-07-2008, 02:14 AM   #11
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Yup, a low and constant temperatures are always needed in producing best tasting lagers!


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Old 04-07-2008, 09:22 AM   #12
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I would recommend not starting out with a lager, they take longer and are harder to make than ales. If you like lager, your first beer should be a light golden ale as that'll taste pretty similar.


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Old 04-07-2008, 11:03 AM   #13
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You're in the UK and you insist on making a lager?

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Old 04-07-2008, 12:30 PM   #14
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so it is much harder to make larger then?

If i do make it, will i need to put it in a freezer, or can i just keep it outside in the cold garrage?

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Old 04-07-2008, 12:36 PM   #15
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Lagers aren't necessarily harder but its easier to get wierd flavors in them if you screw up and the wierd flavors are more noticable, I REALLY wouldn't recommend a lager for your first batch.

Freezer would be too cold you don't want it below freezing, you want it a few degrees above freeing. A refridgerator would be about right.

What's the temp of your garage? And more importantly, what temp would it be a month from now?

What I'd do is brew a Kolsch, those are the most lager-like ales.
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Old 04-07-2008, 12:38 PM   #16
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It's not that it's harder. It's just a little more involved.

To make ale, you buy an ale yeast, mix up the wort, and ferment at room temperature. Two or three weeks later, you bottle.

To make a true lager, you should make a yeast starter to have enough yeast. You ferment it for about 2 weeks at 50 degrees, and then raise it to 65 degrees for 48 hours for a diacetyl rest, if one is needed. Then you rack to the secondary, and begin the lagering phase. You lower the temperature 5 degrees per day, until you have it at 34 degrees where you keep it for 4-6 weeks or longer. Then you bottle.

Now, there are some kits that say "lager" on them (Coopers, I think, is one) that you make the first way I described, as an ale. They just call their kit "lager"- it truly isn't. You can make acceptable beer with them, but you shouldn't expect something like Becks or Heineken or Grolsch at all.

Here's some good reading on basic beer brewing: http://howtobrew.com/intro.html


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