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Old 10-15-2008, 12:44 AM   #1
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I haven't been brewing very long and have only been using extract kits. I love oktoberfest beer from eveywhere. I really don't have a way to do a lager due to the cold fermenting temperatures. what would happen if I made an oktoberfest kit but used an ale yeast and feremented at ale temps.

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Well, many of us have done just that, and called it OctoberFAST ale, because it wasn't lagered. It won't be a true Octoberfest, which is a clean crisp lager, but it can still be pretty close. The key is to use a clean and neutral ale yeast (maybe Nottingham for dry, or WLP001 for liquid) and ferment as cool as possible within the temp range for the yeast. Mine used WLP001, and it's already gone! I fermented mine at 62 degrees, I believe.
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