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Old 07-24-2008, 08:33 PM   #1
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So, as a few of you may know from my first thread, I purchased a "Classic Pilsner" hopped liquid extract, and have already brewed it and it is fermenting now. The problem is, I completely failed to realize that this is a lager, and will require much more work to make. Currently, it is fermenting in my house sitting on an air vent, and is probably about 62 to 65 degrees. From what I've read in the past few hours, this is a problem. I hadn't planned on even attempting a lager, but now I'm too far in to abandon ship. What should be my Plan of Attack here? And also, what risks am I running by fermenting it as if it were a regular ale? PLEASE HELP!!!!

 
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Old 07-24-2008, 08:33 PM   #2
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RDWHAHB. Call it a steam beer.

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Old 07-24-2008, 08:35 PM   #3
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Keep it as cool as you can.
When it's done fermenting, bottle it and keep them as cool as you can. Brew ANOTHER batch! After a few weeks of cool, bring your bottles to room temp for 3 weeks to carb, Chill and drink.
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Old 07-24-2008, 08:36 PM   #4
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Old 07-24-2008, 08:37 PM   #5
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Well, maybe you're making a "lager style" beer, which might mean you are using a clean neutral ale yeast to make a lager-ish beer and not an actual lager. What was the name of the yeast that came in your kit? (I'm betting that is actually the case- that you are making an ale anyway).

 
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It's my new plan of attack for "Is my beer ruined?" threads.
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Old 07-24-2008, 08:39 PM   #7
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would it be ideal to put the fermenter into a fridge? also, im fermenting in a glass carboy. i know glass is usually a secondary, but is it okay to ferment a lager only in this?? and how long should i let it ferment, since it is a lager. sorry for the retarded questions. Thanks!

 
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Old 07-24-2008, 08:43 PM   #8
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Well, maybe you're making a "lager style" beer, which might mean you are using a clean neutral ale yeast to make a lager-ish beer and not an actual lager. What was the name of the yeast that came in your kit? (I'm betting that is actually the case- that you are making an ale anyway).
not sure what the yeast said. it is gone now. if it helps, the kit was Edme "classic pilsner".

 
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Old 07-24-2008, 08:49 PM   #9
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Every supplier lists it as a lager kit, so it is quite possible that the yeast is dry lager yeast. I still say RDWHAHB, leave it alone, and call it a steam beer.
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Old 07-24-2008, 08:59 PM   #10
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Every supplier lists it as a lager kit, so it is quite possible that the yeast is dry lager yeast. I still say RDWHAHB, leave it alone, and call it a steam beer.
ive heard steam beers are fairly bad-tasting, but i may do it for learning's sake. just for gratification, would it be effective to simply refrigerate the batch for the fermentation?

 
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