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What is the difference between a lager and an IPA?

The main difference is the yeast, Ale is brewed with a top fermenting yeast s.cerevisiae[1] whereas Lager is brewed with a bottom fermenting yeast s.pastorianus[2]. From this comes the fermentation ...
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Lager vs Ale a comparison

Yes, this is incorrect. You are actually conflating a couple of things, which can be all used in combination, and all of these combinations can be true. These are flavor, fermentation and time to ...
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What is the difference between a lager and an IPA?

In addition to Mr_Roads answer. Lager yeast is unique from ale yeast in that it can breakdown and use melibiose, which is a sugar not fermentable by ale yeasts. This is one reason lagers are ...
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Brewing Low ABV Lager

Many websites can provide recipes. Take a look at some other posts like : Recipe websites catering to beginners? But since you already have a recipe, you just need to lower the ABV a little, take ...
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What is the difference between a lager and an IPA?

Simply put, there are two overarching umbrellas in beer... ales and lagers. An IPA is an ale. GENERALLY speaking all beers fit under one of these two umbrellas. Once under one of these umbrellas the ...
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How do lager kits let you brew at room temperature?

There are kits with call themselves "lager" kits, but if you make them with the yeast provided and at the temperatures suggested, they will not produce a true lager beer. The beer they produce might ...
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What happens if I ferment a lager at room temperature?

In general, fermenting lager yeast at room temperatures would result in off flavors due to esters, diacetyl, and other components. The "California Common" is an exception to this, and the standard ...
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When Lagering outdoors

Absolutely! I've got a shed behind my house which I call "the lagering shed". You should know the range of temperatures which are likely to occur, and keep an eye on your beer. I live in south-...
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Lager got warmed when doing secondary fermentation

You should be fine. The results are really to lager strain dependent. That said, I have made several lagers that were great and ready to drink without a true lager phase. (Not to say they didn't ...
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Why doesn't the Brulosopher Quick Lager Method produce esters and other off flavors?

Given their additional experiments of testing lagers fermented entirely at warmer temperatures, it would seem the answer is because the lager yeasts being used simply do not produce estery flavors or ...
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What happens if I ferment a lager at room temperature?

Most lagers need to ferment below 55°F during growth phase to reduce esters and fusel alcohols. Diacetyl Rest Towards the end of the feeding phase (last couple days of primary) the temperature is ...
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How can I brew lager at room temperature?

Perhaps, but I don't know how. If you reduce the amount of yeast, you'll only create more off-flavors as the now-stressed yeast need to use all their metabolic reserves up in reproduction, rather ...
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How do lager kits let you brew at room temperature?

Check this out- The author brews two identical batches using a true lager yeast (Saflager 34/70) but ferments one at a "lager" temp of 50˚F/10˚C and the other up at 70˚F/21˚C. He then runs a taste ...
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Lager vs Ale a comparison

Lagers and Ales are called such because of the yeast species are different. Lager yeast : Saccharomyces pastorianus Ale yeast: Saccharomyces cerevisiae The main difference between the species is ...
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Can I make a "lager" with ale yeast?

To the purist, a lager should be brewed with a S. Pastorianus strain of yeast and an ale with S. Cerevisiae strain of yeast. The former ("lager yeast") works at far lower temperatures than the latter "...
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What style of beer is Carling Black Label

This beer goes WAY back and has distant roots in Sweden. There are probably differences depending on where you source it from. Carling in the USA is actually owned by Molsen Coors. The beer can be ...
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Own recipe, any hints or tweaks?

Which water will you use? Since this is a lager beer, it should not contain too much minerals. With regards to the polenta and the rice flour, they should best be boiled first, so that they gelatinize....
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Decoction Weyermann Bohemian Pilsner vs Malte Pilsen Floor Bohemian

You can decoct with modern malts such as the standard Weyermann Bohemian Pilsner malt. Just expect your efficiency and your attenuation to be very high, both with percentages in mid to upper 80s. The ...
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Safety of a forced diacetyl test

The OSHA standard is an inhalation warning of pure diacetyl in air. You're measuring diacetyl in a liquid. Its very different saftey-wise. As long as you aren't aerosolizing your samples and ...
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Can I make a "lager" with ale yeast?

Let me simply reinforce what is being said here with a little more focus on history: Lagers are not a storage process. They are a product made with lagering yeasts and fermented at lower temps that ...
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Can I make a "lager" with ale yeast?

If you call your beer a lager and it's fermented with ale yeast, I firmly believe that it's a blatant lie. In a homebrew setting, who cares, if you're the only one drinking it? As a brewery owner and ...
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Can I make a "lager" with ale yeast?

I don't find WLP001, Wyeast 1056 or SafAle US-05 to be as clean and lager-like as many people claim. They give a slight peach and/or circus peanut ester even at cold temperatures. Instead I would ...
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Taking sample on primary

It all comes down to how clean and sanitized you are when you take your sample, but it should be no different than if you've done this with an ale. It is safer after one week then it was when you ...
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Lager vs Ale a comparison

It's actually the opposite. One of the reasons you use a lager yeast in a light lager to get a rounder, fuller flavor out of the same malt bill, and avoid some of the fruity flavor notes that ale ...
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Lager got warmed when doing secondary fermentation

Generally speaking, temperature-related off-flavors in beer get produced in the first three or four days of fermentation. It is fairly common for homebrewers to ramp up the temperatures of lagers to ...
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How can I brew lager at room temperature?

You can't brew a lager at room temperature. But if you are asking how to brew a lager without a fridge in a room at ambient temperatures that's different. You have to be very diligent but you can ...
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How can I brew lager at room temperature?

Almost certainly No. 30C will kill most of your lager yeast, they are not very prolific above about 25C. At a 30C room temp you would be best of trying to make a full flavoured fruity Belgium with ...
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How do lager kits let you brew at room temperature?

The reason they say to ferment at that range is because it's within reach of the typical homebrewer without any additional equipment. The kit producers can then sell to the widest possible audience. ...
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How do lager kits let you brew at room temperature?

20-25°C, 68-77°F are Ale temps, Lagers ferment at 55°F or below. Above 72°F is usually only a few styles of Ales. There is a short time called a Diacetyl Rest where your Lager fermentation ...
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Dry hopping a lager in secondary

In my experience grassy notes come through when hopping at cold temps. I've tried to salvage some old IPAs with a cold dry hop and filtering with little success when they are at or below 55° while it ...
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