Ok, so this is my second batch of beer ever, and it's a lager (doppelbock). My plan is to let it sit in my garage cabinet for 3 weeks, then bottle and lager in the refrigerator for a couple months. I don't have a secondary fermenter, so I won't be racking it.
The *cough*Mr. Beer*cough* instructions say to ferment at 68-78 degrees for 2 weeks minimum (My first batch was a pale ale that I set on the kitchen counter for 3 weeks. It tasted fine, but a bit yeasty). The research I have done says I should ferment at 45-55 degrees. I put a test cup of water next to the keg to check temperature. As of yesterday (day 2) it was still just under 60 degrees. It's still cold and rainy out and the garage is the coldest place I have. If it warms up, I'll probably bring it inside to my bedroom closet (or the refrigerator?).
It's really hard to see what's going on because the keg is so dark, and the airlock is under the lid. What I'm wondering is if anyone here sees any fatal flaws with this plan, or has any suggestions to keep me from a disappointing end to a 3-month process. Thanks!