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Hi guys,

I am currently on my second brew.. My first brew i just stood the fermentation barrel next to a hot radiator in the sapre room... and got a bitter taste in my lager :|

After reading that lager should be brewed at around 18Deg C, I put the fermentation barrel in the garage. I have put a brand new fish tank heater in the fermentation barrel and set it to 18 Deg C, I have then wrapped 2 pillows 2 bed sheets and a towel around the barrel...

Have i done right?
 

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A good reference on fermentation temps is here:
http://***********/stories/techniqu...ntrolling-fermentation-temperature-techniques

In my opinion thats to high a temp for a lager. What yeast are you using? Do you have a recipe you can post?

Most lagers would be in the 10 degC to 13 degC range and then be lagered/conditioned at around 2 deg C

Alot of the lager kits sold have neutral flavor ale yeast included and the instructions tell you to ferment them on the lower end so you get a smoother character.

There is nothing wrong with that, but you are not likely to get a true lager character out of the ale yeast.
 
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A good reference on fermentation temps is here:
Brew Your Own: The How-To Homebrew Beer Magazine - Techniques - Controlling Fermentation Temperature: Techniques

In my opinion thats to high a temp for a lager. What yeast are you using? Do you have a recipe you can post?

Most lagers would be in the 10 degC to 13 degC range and then be lagered/conditioned at around 2 deg C

Alot of the lager kits sold have neutral flavor ale yeast included and the instructions tell you to ferment them on the lower end so you get a smoother character.

There is nothing wrong with that, but you are not likely to get a true lager character out of the ale yeast.
Hi,

The kit i used is a Gerodie Lager Kit - GEORDIE LAGER 40PT from Homebrew It Yourself

I havnt done any proper brewing yet :| lol the instructions say between 18 - 24 Deg C for fermenting.

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The most important thing in deciding fermentation temperature is the strain of yeast you're using. If you're using an ale yeast, temperatures should be in the 60's (16-20C). For a true lager (and that kit is not a true lager, just called that), temperatures should be in the range of 8-12C.

That kit has you fermenting hot, and adding brewing sugar, so it's probably not going to be the best tasting brew in the world, but it should be drinkable.

I'm a fan of buying malt extract, hops, some grain, and yeast and making a beer out of those ingredients. Take a look at howtobrew.com (great online book on brewing) to see how easy it can be, and it tastes great.
 
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The most important thing in deciding fermentation temperature is the strain of yeast you're using. If you're using an ale yeast, temperatures should be in the 60's (16-20C). For a true lager (and that kit is not a true lager, just called that), temperatures should be in the range of 8-12C.

That kit has you fermenting hot, and adding brewing sugar, so it's probably not going to be the best tasting brew in the world, but it should be drinkable.

I'm a fan of buying malt extract, hops, some grain, and yeast and making a beer out of those ingredients. Take a look at howtobrew.com (great online book on brewing) to see how easy it can be, and it tastes great.

I will give it a read :) thanks for the link :)

Might have to try a proper brew next time..
Next on the list is a rose wine :)

Cheers
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