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Rob McFaul (24.101.220.59)
Posted on Tuesday, May 04, 2004 - 11:59 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Put my first Lager on last night. Used a 6L starter and ended up with 1/2 cup of yeast slurry.

Nothing is happening yet. Been 9 hours. What is the typical lag time of a lager? Would it hurt if I rearated it by giving it a good stir.

Rob
 

Doug Pescatore (141.232.1.10)
Posted on Tuesday, May 04, 2004 - 12:16 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

relax...for me a lager can go 24 hours or more before I really see activity. I pitch my yeast when the wort is at fermentation temperature, it would probably get going faster if pitched a bit warmer.

-Doug
 

Bill Pierce (24.141.129.137)
Posted on Tuesday, May 04, 2004 - 12:39 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I wouldn't call 9 hours a long time. Half a cup of yeast slurry is adequate but not a lot. It may take 24 hours for activity to begin.
 

Ticker (64.136.26.228)
Posted on Tuesday, May 04, 2004 - 02:42 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I did my first Lager recently and pitched at above fermentation range and it took three days to take off. Once it did it looked very good.
 

Belly Buster Bob (142.177.99.36)
Posted on Tuesday, May 04, 2004 - 04:09 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

just put down a lager this past weekend with Czeck Pils yeast. 6 hours lag time, and foam like you wouldn't believe....what a mess. Tried the recommended 80% 2row 20% munich
 

Doug Pescatore (141.232.1.10)
Posted on Tuesday, May 04, 2004 - 04:37 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I didn't get munch foam production with teh Czech Pils yeast.

-Doug
 

Belly Buster Bob (142.177.113.27)
Posted on Tuesday, May 04, 2004 - 09:33 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I was hoping not to
 

Rob McFaul (24.101.220.59)
Posted on Wednesday, May 05, 2004 - 12:33 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Well, I am finally getting mild airlock activity. 30 hours. I would not call it active fermentation, but the yeast seems to be doing it's thing. Thanks for the input
 

Ken Anderson (24.55.255.75)
Posted on Wednesday, May 05, 2004 - 01:46 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Pitching what I think is an adequate amount of yeast at 52F and using O2, I get 36 to 44 hour lager lag times. I've learned not to freak out when I see no activity at the 24 hour mark. BBB's 6 hour lag time would be an incredible event for me. YMMV.
 

Dan Listermann (216.23.21.219)
Posted on Wednesday, May 05, 2004 - 01:52 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

One should keep in mind that, at lager temperatures, there aren't many things that can operate besides lager yeast. Long lag times for lagers are not as great a consideration for problems when compared to ales.
 

Bill Pierce (24.141.129.137)
Posted on Wednesday, May 05, 2004 - 01:59 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I try to pitch a 1 gallon starter for 5 gallon batches of lagers. I chill the wort to about 60 F, pitch the yeast and then place the fermenter in my 50 F refrigerator. I generally see active fermentation in about 12 hours, by which time the wort is at the temperature of the refrigerator.