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    help with my steam beer

    ok, so i know now that airlock bubbles arent always there, but shouldnt there be some kind of visual activity in the wort?
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    help with my steam beer

    to tell the truth, i never took a gravity reading at first, because i was told that it wasn't ABSOLUTELY necessary for ales. only after fermentation started did i realize it was a lager kit
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    help with my steam beer

    as i posted before, i was worried that fermentation had stopped in my carboy. there are no bubbles, no yeast ring around the top. there is, however, a yeast cake layer at the bottom, and since it was a lager yeast, im guessing that its normal not to have the yeast ring up top (as lager yeasts...
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    fermentation ceased

    im not even sure how to do a hydrometer reading. do i just dip the hydrometer into the carboy? i honestly have no clue. and the fermentation couldve stopped because yesterday, i panicked and refrigerated the batch for about an hour when i found out that it was meant to be a lager, then removed...
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    fermentation ceased

    no, but i just started fermenting wed. night
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    fermentation ceased

    Ok, so the "steam beer" that I was brewing has stopped fermenting completely. Not sure why this happened, but I would guess its because the lager yeast was outside its optimum temp. range? My handbook says to add another pack of yeast, to start the fermentation again. But, the only yeast I have...
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    possible ruined batch

    thanks for all the advice. i guess im going the steam beer route. my only question now is how to go about the refrigeration before bottling that was mentioned before
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    possible ruined batch

    i used the yeast that came with this kit, and it is sold as a lager kit. so, im imagining its a lager yeast
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    possible ruined batch

    so, rack it into another bucket, then refrigerate it for another fermentation period? i feel like I'm asking some serious dumb questions, here.
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    possible ruined batch

    forgive me for the lack of terminology knowledge, but do you mean to "cold crash" after bottling, or before bottling
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    possible ruined batch

    it has been fermenting for about 20 hours. I have the ability to put the batch in the garage refrigerator, as long as its a good idea. i could almost definitely make this particular fridge sit at about 50-52
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    possible ruined batch

    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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    possible ruined batch

    not sure what the yeast said. it is gone now. if it helps, the kit was Edme "classic pilsner".
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    possible ruined batch

    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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    possible ruined batch

    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...
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