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Old 08-04-2008, 02:24 AM   #1
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I just went to secondary with my first real lager, an Oktoberfest with WLP820. It was in primary, between 40-45 degrees, and when I got to 75% of the way to target FG, I let it warm up to clean up the diacetyl.

I just went to secondary tonight after a month in primary, and went from 1.064 to 1.012, so all seemed well. Wooohee! Smells like rotten eggs. Now, I know lager yeast can do that, but how long does it take to clean it up?
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Old 08-04-2008, 12:32 PM   #2
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Some lager yeasts produce a ton of hydrogen sulfide, some produce very little. Most produce somewhere in the middle. Just let it lager for about 8 weeks and you'll be fine. After lagering, you'll be saying to your beer, "wow, Oktoberfest, you clean up REAL nice!" If you're not force carbing, you'll want to add about 1/2 a packet of dry lager yeast per 5 gallons after that long lagering period... better safe than sorry.

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