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A style of beer that is fermented with a bottom-fermenting yeast at low temperatures, with extended cold conditioning.

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Own recipe, any hints or tweaks?

A newbie here. I've brewed thousands of litres of good, bright tasty wine over the years, but this year I've turned my hand to beer. I brewed a Yorkshire bitter already, and am currently brewing a ...
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Safety of a forced diacetyl test

I'm brewing a lager and did a forced diacetyl test similar to the one found here - https://spikebrewing.com/blogs/ask-a-pro/an-easy-diy-diacetyl-test OSHA recommends less than 25 ppb for short term ...
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Temperature for fermenting a hybrid (california common)

I'm planning to brew a California common "steam" beer. I will be using a bottom fermenting lager yeast, specifically Wyeast 2112 California Lager. This is intended for a warmer fermentation, up to 68 ...
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Can I make a "lager" with ale yeast?

On the kegerator website, I found this method to make a "cheat lager": To brew a great “hybrid” lager, I’d recommend using one of the following yeast strains: White Labs WLP001, Wyeast 1056 or ...
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What is the difference between a lager and an IPA?

What is the difference between a lager and an IPA in the brewing process?
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Can I lager in bottles?

I am planning to do a lager this winter, since I don't have a good way of controlling temperature, I was wondering if it is possible to bottle it with priming sugar, and then lager it? Or should I ...
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When Lagering outdoors

Can you lager outdoors, in the Winter as long as you keep the beer out of the light? I don't have the means or the containers needed to Lager.
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What style of beer is Carling Black Label

It’s obviously a Lager, but that only describes the yeast. In what style of beer is Carling Black Label made. I drink just about only craft beer, but if I pushed for what I think is a great commercial ...
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Taking sample on primary

I've decided to brew my very first Lager, after some good results on my Ales. I did a proper research on methods to try a refined process, specially when it comes to fermentation schedules and ...
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Brewing Low ABV Lager

Good day! My question is simple, me and the wife love lager, I like a good 5% ABV but the wife is a light weight and likes a 3.5% ABV so the question is: How can I brew a nice lager (similar to ...
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Lager vs Ale a comparison

Would it be incorrect to say a Lager is a lighter (in flavor) beer that takes a long time to make, while an Ale is a heavier more flavorful beer that can be made in less time than a lager? Ignoring ...
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How can I brew lager at room temperature?

I would like to try to make lager at room temperature (around 30 C). I plan to reduce yeast and fermentation in 2 weeks in order to avoid the off favor and fusel alcohol in beer. Can I do this by ...
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How do I increase the sulphur production in a lager?

In my past experience, my lagers have no perceptible sulphur. I understand that the "rotten egg" sulphur (H2S) is undesirable, but every great lager I have tasted has at least a hint of matchstick ...
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Why doesn't the Brulosopher Quick Lager Method produce esters and other off flavors?

I'm brewing 6 lagers right now (all Wyeast 2206) according to the Brülosopher Fast Lager Method. Essentially, it involves fermenting at normal lager fermentation temperatures until it is 50% ...
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Lager Diacetyl Rest and Lagering Without Air Escape

I've fermented a 5 gallon lager at 45°F(7°C) for 2 weeks. The OG 1.050 and FG 1.012. At this point, I racked to secondary and put back in the airlock & bung. Increasing temperature to 65°F(18°C) ...
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Max temperature for lager carbonation

Although I'm an experienced homebrewer, I've only ever done ales because I've never had a fridge. I recently bought a BrewJacket and was able to brew my first lager. I'm now at the bottling phase ...
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How do you cool a lager on a budget?

What techniques would you suggest for cooling a lager during the lagering phase? Further, how important is the stability of that temperature?
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Can't get accurate temperature with johnson controls and freezer

I've just started fermenting my first lager with my recent new temperature control equipment, but am having some problems getting to the correct temperature. I have a chest freezer with a johnson ...
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Lager got warmed when doing secondary fermentation

I'm brewing lager for the first time. Primary fermentation is completed in 2 weeks without anything negative under 8-10 Celcius. But after putting it to the secondary fermenter it seems my fridge has ...
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How do lager kits let you brew at room temperature?

I am thinking about making some Mexican-style lager using one of the following kits: Coopers Mexican Cerveza Bulldog Beer Kit - Cortez Gold Mexican Cerveza Better Brew Bandit, Tequila and lime Now I ...
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Dry hopping a lager in secondary

I've just moved my first lager into a secondary bucket, it had been in primary for about 3 weeks. Currently sitting in the keezer at about 10c. The recipe I'm following calls for the addition of ...
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What happens if I ferment a lager at room temperature?

I was wondering what are the effects of fermenting a lager at room temperature as now I don't have any way to keep my fermenter at the low temperatures required. I have read that when yeast ferments ...
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No fermentation after 3 weeks

About 3 weeks ago I brewed my very first beer, a simple lager. I checked on the beer after 1 week of fermentation and now again after a bit over 3 weeks. At both times the density of the beer didn't ...
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Does lagering reduce yeast so much that bottle carbonation is effected?

My first lager (a German Pils) turned out quite good! From the keg, it's great, but the half dozen bottles I filled are completely flat!? I used a little more priming sugar per bottle than my usual ...
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Bottle Conditioning Lager with Priming Sugar and/or Yeast

I've completed diacetyl rest and transferred to secondary 5 gallon carboy for lagering (say 3-5 weeks). After a few weeks lagering, I anticipate bottling but am curious how adding the priming sugar is ...
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Under pitched lager?

I brewed an American lager, Jamil's "what most folks call beer" on Saturday 1/9. My Gravity was on target at 1.046 and I added a smack pack of Wyeast Pilsen Lager. I added it to 68 degree wort and ...
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What exactly happens during lagering?

I've just made my first lager, it is currently lagering at 1 C. What is happening to my beer at this temperature? Is the yeast still active? And most importantly: What is happening at this temperature ...
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Why is my pre yeast pitch lager bubbling in the fridge?

I have been placing my lager wort in the fridge overnight to get down to my desired pitch temp. This time I opened the fridge to see my airlock bubbling... I understand about possibility of ...
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What to do when gravity comes out too low?

We brewed a maibock (from an extract kit) and when we checked our OG it was significantly lower than it should have been. I mean like, really, really low. We decided to attribute this to the wort not ...
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Lowering to Lagering Temp, how will the beer taste different after lagering

First lager (Oktoberfest, Wyeast 2206), just took a sample after 3 weeks in the primary, and it tasted great (my friend said he picked up some candylike sweetness (diacetyl), but it could be because I ...
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How to Calculate Priming Sugar while Bottling Lagers?

Primary Fermentation: 50*F/10*C 2 weeks Diacetyl Rest: 65*F/18.3*C 2 weeks Lager: 31*F/-0.5*C 4 weeks I am reading contradictory information regarding the amount ...
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Lager still smelling like apples after 2 weeks fermenting

Currently got a lager kit brewing but not sure if it is ready to bottle. The kit I have says to leave it for 10 days but I didn't seem ready then and had quite a strong apple smell to it although ...
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Considerations for temperature control of a freezer?

I have brewed a few dozen batches of ale, but I'd like to brew a lager and am considering low-cost equipment to purchase. I see many using a chest freezer with a temperature control device (such as ...
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Help! Started my lager at 16degs C for 3 days (instead of 14C) - ESTERS!

Good day! Brewing a Czech pilsner OG 1.046 (brought it down from 1.056) Yeast: Wyeast 2278 (1 litre starter) - 10-14 degs range 22L batch My temperature control on my fridge said 14degs but a ...
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Stuck or very slow fermentation on Märzen

I have made a batch of Marzen/Octoberfest. I brewed it 3 weeks ago. Starting gravity was 1.060, the beer was well airated. I have used WLP820 with 1.7L starter. It's fermenting in my fridge at 50F. It'...
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What yeast for carbonating a lager?

We brewed a Dark Lager using Wyeast 2007. It fermented for two weeks and has been lagering for 3. When we bottle, we think we'll need to repitch to ensure the bottles carbonate. Thoughts on what ...
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Is there a formula to determine at which temperature a given volume of beer at a given ABV will freeze?

I was hoping that someone had worked out a formula to determine at which temperature a given volume of beer, at a given ABV, for a given length of time, will freeze? I'm doing my first 6 lagers and ...
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Should I decant my lager starter

I made a starter for this lager we're brewing. As usual, I started it three days early, fermented at 70F and put it in the fridge after the krausen died down. I'm sitting here on brew day thinking ...
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Not seeing fermentation on lager's primary fermentation

We're currently trying to get a lager to go through its primary fermentation but after 2 days, we haven't seen any action or changes on the surface of the wort. The wort had a full packet of yeast ...
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Which temperature do I ferment at: the recipe's temp or the yeast's recommended temp?

So, I'm trying to brew a Mexican lager today. What I've done is taken Palmer's Cold But Not Baroque recipe and tweaked it a bit. However, instead of using Bohemian lager yeast, as the recipe calls for,...
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First time brewing lager, no fermentation

I set up a new fermentation chamber and was keen to try my hand at a lager. Unfortunately now 5 days on there hasn't been any fermentation so I think I may have shocked the yeast with the cold or just ...
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anyone know where good tutorials are for starting to brew lager

I am currently brewing my own beer and its going good. For my next batch I want to make something like a Coors Light or even something that tastes like Fosters or Carlsberg. If anyone could help it ...
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Will I damage my lager if I add lager hops too early?

Well my beer is just under temperature so I know it will take a bit longer to ferment but I added my lager hops. Do you think this may effect my lager in any way?
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When should I secondary this beer

I have an Oktoberfest beer in Primary right now based on a kit from my LHBS. It's an average ABV ~5.5 and is fermented on California Lager Yeast and I'm controlling fermentation at ~62F. Will this ...
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Lager: No fermentation, what are my choices?

Last weekend 2 of my friends and me tried brewing a lager (doppelbock) for the first time. Brewing went well, but not the yeast! We are now 4 days later, and no sign of activity. Gravity taken: did ...
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Noob here... My second brew - am I brewing an ale or a lager, and did I stuff it up?

So I went to my local homebrew store to purchase a an "Aussie honey lager" extract kit but they were out of stock. The friendly man behind the counter helped me to re-create this kit by checking their ...
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Lagering (Secondary to Bottling to Lagering)

So I recently bottled a pilsner recipe after a drop from 1.061 to 1.011 specific gravity (over 6% ABV potential), and my recipe instructions called for 7-10 days at room temperature (since they've ...
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Why my homebrewed lager beer bottles explode?

I started home-brewing lager beer last year. I am using ready-kits and the first three times it went quite well. Now, with the latest, I had a very strange problem. A couple of weeks after I bottled ...
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black lager and diacetyl rest

I am doing a black lager and was wanting to do a rest. I read the instructions wrong and placed it in the secondary. Is it too late to do the rest? Is the new added oxygen going to actually make it ...
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Wyeast 2124 Bohemian Lager for Bock - too late for diacetyl rest?

I really wasn't ready to do a lager, but I wanted to do a Bock, so I requested California Lager yeast. My supplier failed to make the substitution and sent me home with Wyeast 2124 Bohemian Lager. I ...