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Title: First Lager
Post by: csu007 on February 22, 2013, 09:51:11 AM
So i have brewed a few ales now (10), and recently i received a kegarator but i want to try make some lagers before i start kegging my beer (cheaper than buying the kegs).
what would everyone suggest for a first lager? keeping in mind that i use extract and specialty grains.
Title: Re: First Lager
Post by: tygo on February 22, 2013, 12:05:39 PM
How about an Oktoberfest?  It's getting to be that time of year soon anyway and an amber lager will be easier to pull off with extract and will be a little more forgiving than a pale one.
Title: Re: First Lager
Post by: hopfenundmalz on February 22, 2013, 12:28:38 PM
How about an Oktoberfest?  It's getting to be that time of year soon anyway and an amber lager will be easier to pull off with extract and will be a little more forgiving than a pale one.

Or a Vienna.
Title: Re: First Lager
Post by: davidgzach on February 22, 2013, 12:29:42 PM
Funny, those were the two I immediately thought of as well.  +2!
Title: Re: First Lager
Post by: erockrph on February 22, 2013, 01:11:17 PM
I'll third the Ofest suggestion. Schwarzbier would be a nice choice for extract, too.
Title: Re: First Lager
Post by: garc_mall on February 23, 2013, 07:34:09 AM
I agree with all of this. I think a schwarzbier would be the easiest on an extract + specialty basis. take pilsen light extract, and add carafa 3 + some roast and you have it. They are also a bit easier to control because black beers have a lot more room to hide than their lighter brethren.
Title: Re: First Lager
Post by: euge on February 23, 2013, 12:27:11 PM
My first lager was a Cali-common or Steam beer. All I used was straight amber extract and the requisite hops for the style. Turned out quite well.

The common's lagering phase is a bit warmer- basically at ale serving temps so perfect for the kegorator, which is where mine was performed.
Title: Re: First Lager
Post by: csu007 on February 23, 2013, 09:25:24 PM
thanks for the suggestions
one my first thoughts was a marzen/Oktoberfest but i didn't want wait for the traditional laggering time

i think i will try the Cali-common or schwarzbier

I not  a huge fan of the American style pale lagers minus actually batch 19 from Coors (and similar pre-prohibition pale lagers

after looking at the style guide for a schwarzbier, sounds like it's similar to New Belgium's 1554? If so that is one of my favorite beers from them.
Title: Re: First Lager
Post by: fugglupagus on February 26, 2013, 06:21:06 PM
Some good suggestions already.  Had two thoughts:  if you’re steeping w/extract, might be tough to pull off a legit Vienna (if you care about being legit);  Altbier might be another good hybrid to throw in the mix.
Title: Re: First Lager
Post by: majorvices on February 27, 2013, 06:54:50 PM
Since it's your first lager be sure you pitch enough enough yeast, either the slurry from a gallon starter or multiple packs/vials.
Title: Re: First Lager
Post by: davidgzach on February 28, 2013, 01:43:43 PM
Since it's your first lager be sure you pitch enough enough yeast, either the slurry from a gallon starter or multiple packs/vials.

+1.  Pay a visit to Mr Malty or Yeastcalc.

Dave
Title: Re: First Lager
Post by: mpietropaoli on March 02, 2013, 02:15:30 PM
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