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  1. F

    Lager 101: What You Need to Know Before Making Lagers

    The term “lager”, like many brewing terms, comes from our German Brewing Brethren. It means “storeroom” or “warehouse”. They key reason behind the term is that lager, unlike ale, has a longer fermentation time which leads to a “cleaner” tasting beer than ales. Because the beer is so “clean” they...
  2. Turbogator

    Lager Process advice

    Hey Y'all I need some process advice. This weekend the temperature is going to hit 60 so we are planning a rare winter brew. I am planning on making my first lager. Ive been brewing for years but I still consider myself a beginner. Over the summer I acquired a 14 gallon SS Brewtech Chronical...
  3. B

    Dry hopping Ger Pils?

    I got distracted during the end of my brew day. A moose was eating my spent grain just outside of the garage door. I brew with a manual HERMS system with propane so the door was wide open. I dumped the grain into a snowbank. I forgot my final hop addition. It was supposed to be 2 0z of Hallertau...
  4. tntpilsner

    First time lager, question on temp probe

    So I brewed a Pilsner this past Saturday, and placed my fermentor (bucket) into my freezer that has my new Johnson (analog) control. I put my brewing thermometer in the freezer to measure air temp (on top of the bucket), and taped the probe to the bucket with some Reflectix insulation on the...
  5. A

    Lager hit 1.007 - Is it too Late for Diacetyl Rest?

    This is my first attempt at making a lager. Brewed 11 days ago and was expecting 2 weeks of fermentation before doing the rest, checked the SG today and it's 1.007 (OG was 1.047). Tasted the sample, dry, thin body with a hint of sulphur taste.
  6. SkagitNScandi

    Schwarzbier Warmish Ferment ???s

    Hey guys I just brewed my first Schwarzbier. My first lager really... I DO NOT have any temperature control other that opening and closing a floor vent, and a towels I cover my carboys with. The guy at my LHBS (NU HOMEBREW / GENUS Brewing, Check em out on youtube) hooked me up with some 1968...
  7. A

    Igloo fermentation

    As it starts getting colder here in Utah, I'm thinking of converting my dug-out fire pit into a cold storage for a lager or two. I was thinking I could use the tree trimmings to build a stupa over the hole, wrapping it with a tarp or paper mache or both, which we will then cover with snow...
  8. K

    My process and your thoughts

    Dear fellow brewers, I have been reading this forum for a while now and it seems everyone has there own methods, experiences that works for them. I would like to share mine that is theoretical at the moment but will be applied in a month's time when the equipment arrives. Here it goes! I will...
  9. V

    Illinois 2 x 20 gallon conical fermentors with glycol chilling

    I am selling 2 conical fermentors on a rolling stand that is glycol chilled. There is a cooler attached to house the glycol with a 5k btu air conditioner coild cooling the glycol. Comes with control panel that allows gylcol temp to be set along with independent temperature settings for each...
  10. Angus MacDonald

    Winter Lager

    So I'm thinking of making a lager in winter and I know that you roughly want 8 - 10C for fermenting. I was gonna stick the lager in the shed during winter to keep it at a cold enough temp but the only time I'll have that stable range during winter is... probably October to mid November. From...
  11. hufcat05

    Brewed a smokey lager and the smoke flavor disappeared?!

    So I decided to experiment with a smokey lager. Started with a Munich Helles and tossed in some peated malts for the smoke flavor. About 5 days into carbonation phase (12 days into lager rest) I lost patience and tapped it. It had a distinct smoke flavor to it that was very pleasant. It's now 4...
  12. S

    beersicle

    A couple weeks ago I brewed a big ~9 gallon batch of Gavin's Glorious Pilsner for a party coming up in June. Everything went way too well. Hit my numbers all the way through, fermented at 53F in the freezer plugged into Inkbird control, packaged into two 5 gallon cornys and dropped it to 33F at...
  13. bradleypariah

    Fight diacetyl w/out raising temp

    I'm new to lager, and my basement is a cool 55° F. Horror stories about cold fermentation are making me worry about diacetyl. I have electric heated blankets and an electric heating pad, but no InkBird or anything like that, so I'm afraid of making my lager too hot if I just let it go all day...
  14. JoshRH

    Lager Lag Times

    So I understand that there is a longer lag time than ales when it comes to lagers, just curious if I should be worried? I pitched my yeast ~50 hours ago from when I took these pictures last night. It is aproaching 65 hours now and and used my airstone and air pump for 20 min to oxygenate prior...
  15. B

    Lagering...

    So my first real lager is in the lagering phase. I moved to secondary and slowly dropped the temp to my available minimum in the fridge (approx 4c). My question is, when does the timer start? Does the temp drop phase count or is it just when it hits the colder temps to aid with clearing? The...
  16. S

    Fermentation chamber size/suggestions

    Hey all, I was looking for suggestions on an upright freezer, small in footprint, but large enough to hold a 5 gallon carboy. My intentions were to put a temp controller on it and utilize it as a fermentation chamber and once fermentation is complete be occupied by a 5 gallon corny keg for a...
  17. Morkin

    Will Lagering Clean up Diacetyl Completely?

    Brewed a Premium American Lager about 5 weeks ago. I fermented for about a week and a half, and at the end of the fermentation (yes I checked with hydrometer) I did a Diacetyl rest for 2 days at around 65. I fermented at 55. When I transfered to secondary, there was no hint of Diacetyl...
  18. W

    Stella Artois clone with ale yeast

    I'm just about ready to brew my fifth batch of beer and need a little advice from some experienced brewers. My last batch was a cream ale partial mash that I really enjoyed. Next I would like to try something roughly along the lines of a Stella Artois clone, however I don't have the...
  19. T

    Getting the most out of a single chest freezer

    I've only brewed a half dozen batches of beer so far, but I've tried to learn and improve with each batch. My efforts have led to full batch boils, better yeast pitching rates and more thoughtful temperature control. (Got a category ribbon in my first contest!) I tend to prefer ales, but I'm...
  20. B

    Lager fermentation in FRC445GB

    So, I have a Frigidaire FRC445GB that will be converted to a kegerator soon. In the meatime, I am planning on using it to ferment and lager a Pils. The fridge runs too cold for fermentation, and I would rather not drop the $75 on a new thermostat (i did just buy all of the hardware for a...
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