What Catagory for ALT

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Gregg Meyer

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I want to brew an ALT But I don't know what catagory it would be in and are there any easy ways or all difficult. i want to buy a refridgerator temp control so I can lager. Is an Alt a Lager??? I have only brewed for 2 years goiung all grain so I am green pretty green.

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Altbier is an ale. The BJCP lists it as a hybrid. http://www.bjcp.org/finalstyles/Category07.html

While it is an ale the fermentation temps should probably be a little cooler than UK ales and some cold conditioning post fermentation is a good idea. You can check the Wyeast and White Lab sites for precise temp recommendations.
 

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Yeah, Alt is considered an amber hybrid beer. It's done with ale yeast, but fermented cool (mid-50s, I think) and lagered at cold temperatures for a time after fermentation. Like a lagered ale. Look up the BJCP guidelines, they have a great description of different Alts (7A and 7C). As well as any other style you'd care to make.

EDIT: On further inspection, you can go both ways with an Alt; Northern German Alts are often done with a lager yeast, and Düsseldorf Alts are done as above.
 

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