My first lagers are conditioning in the kegerator. Tomorrow I'm brewing two more. From stuff I have picked up on this forum, beersmith pod casts, and experience I'm trying a few techniques that are new to me.
I washed my yeast from the last two, decanted and pitched in three quart starters. Running the starters in my fermentor freezer at 50 F and they are chugging away.
My American has 9 lbs two row and 2 lbs flaked corn.
My Bohemian has 10 lbs castle Pilsner and 1 lb dextrine malt
Ignoring the grain h2o ratio rule and using as much mash water as will fit. Then just enough sparge to have a 7 gallon boil. Probably will be 6 gallon mash, 3 gallon sparge. Using my uncharted well water for first time ever so I will be testing ph and if needed I'll use some 5.2 but only if way off and only 1/2 tsp.
Boiling 90 min for DMS
Trying out FWH this time. Both will get an ounce of northern brewer at FWH. The American gets 2 oz of Mt Hood at flame out and the Bohemian gets two oz of Goldings at flame out.
Over night cold crash at 45 then rack to fermentors, pitch and run at 50 F. OG estimates about 1.050-55 so when they fall below 1.015 I will D rest at 60 until done. Then temp drop 3 deg per day to 35. Leave on yeast till no Acetaldehyde detected.
I knew nothing about lagers until AHA forum. Thanks guys.
"Friends don't let friends drink bad beer"