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Brews & Views Bulletin Board Service * Brews and Views Archive 2003 * April 15, 2003 * Newbie Lager question < Previous Next >

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Matt Harrington (24.125.98.167)
Posted on Sunday, April 13, 2003 - 04:22 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hi, I live in VA where from now till Oct. it will be above 70 deg during the day. For the next month it will average about 50 deg at night. Is using a refrigerator the only way I can make a lager?
 

Bill Pierce (12.207.82.170)
Posted on Sunday, April 13, 2003 - 04:27 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The short answer is that you need to keep the fermentation temperature below 55 F for lagers and they need to be cold conditioned (lagered) in secondary below 40 F. As a practical matter, this requires refrigeration in the summer. There are rather neutral ale strains that be be fermented in the upper 60s F, but this is not quite the same as a lager.

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