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Title: Lagering -rack to secondary?
Post by: factory on July 13, 2013, 10:33:55 AM
I know that the common wisdom know is not to rack to a secondary.  Up to this point, I've only brewed ales and this method has worked out well for me.

Does anyone rack a lager to a secondary before lagering?
Title: Re: Lagering -rack to secondary?
Post by: udubdawg on July 13, 2013, 12:20:52 PM
I just rack primary into a keg for lagering after I've slowly brought the temp down.  Works for me.
Title: Re: Lagering -rack to secondary?
Post by: tygo on July 13, 2013, 01:10:12 PM
+1 to lagering in the keg.  But if I didn't have kegs I'd rack to a secondary for lagering.
Title: Re: Lagering -rack to secondary?
Post by: hopfenundmalz on July 13, 2013, 01:14:23 PM
Kegs are my secondary lagering vessels.
Title: Re: Lagering -rack to secondary?
Post by: durschad on July 13, 2013, 02:56:45 PM
I also use a keg for lagering.  You could also lager in bottles if you don't keg.  After all lagering is just cold storage
Title: Re: Lagering -rack to secondary?
Post by: Mark G on July 13, 2013, 03:27:32 PM
I lager and carbonate in the keg. Then I usually jumper the clear beer to another keg for serving, but that's only because my lagering fridge is separate from my serving fridge.
Title: Re: Lagering -rack to secondary?
Post by: ynotbrusum on July 13, 2013, 03:37:59 PM
I lager and carbonate in the keg. Then I usually jumper the clear beer to another keg for serving, but that's only because my lagering fridge is separate from my serving fridge.

+1, but those lagers eat up the keg space, so my ales are waiting to be kegged!  I may have to bottle some!
Title: Re: Lagering -rack to secondary?
Post by: erockrph on July 13, 2013, 05:47:32 PM
I also use a keg for lagering.  You could also lager in bottles if you don't keg.  After all lagering is just cold storage

I lager in bottles since I don't have enough fridge space to fit a fermenter. Works just fine, but just make sure you carbonate before you start lagering.
Title: Re: Lagering -rack to secondary?
Post by: dmtaylor on July 14, 2013, 02:46:39 PM
You only need to rack if the beer will be lagered for more than a couple months.  Otherwise you can safely skip it.