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From: florianb@tekred.cna.tek.com
Subject: Lager question
Date: 1989-07-18 19:37:53 GMT

Here's one for the lager experts. Recently, I rigged up an old
refridgerator for use in making lager. I made up a batch of pilsner
and used the two-stage fermentation process. Using Red Star lager
yeast (I know, I know), the krausen fell after three days, and
I transferred it to the secondary. The og=1.040. Upon transfer,
the sg=1.012. The fermentation has fallen to a low, low rate,
with bubbles every 100 seconds, almost no visible bubbles rising
in the brew, and the sg=1.010 after three days in the secondary.

It was my understanding that lagers should sit in the carboy for
at least a month. This brew, however, looks as if it's ready to
bottle and age. I have noticed a quick fermentation in the past
using Red Star lager yeast for steam beer. The product was quite
good however.

What would you recommend--bottling or further aging in the carboy?
Thanks.

[Florian Bell, Boonesborough, Oregon]

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