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I think you forgot to switch from ale to lager in Mr Malty and looked at the "# of packs needed with starter" line. It's 5 packs if you switch it to lager and 14.8 packs if you look at "# of packs needed without starter".
I think at this point you just need to wait out the lag phase for another day or two and then lager it for a while......
I figured I'd wait at least another week or two before lagering. I'm afraid if I drop the temp down into the thirties, there will be even less yeast activity. I'll probably get a hydrometer reading in a few days as well.
You might blend a sample, just for kicks, on bottling or kegging.
Forgot to add,
- Faucets are Perlick
- Liquid side tubing is 3/16" ID
So if I set it at 11-12 PSI, shook it for a while (10-12 minutes), let it sit for a day or two, still at 11-12 PSI, would that work?
My rule of thumb is 25%/month, but that's for slurry that's been harvested from a fermenter and stored under beer. Even then it's a little conservative. For yeast that hasn't undergone any fermentation, and has been stored in a low-alcohol, inert gas-flushed package, I think even 10%/month is probably conservative.
I pressurize to 30 and shake the keg to carb it. It's quicker, but less precise.
You can set it at 11psi to force carbonate, but you much be patient. It may take 1 or 2 weeks to carbonate that way. I guess David and I don't agree here, it probably depends on your system and habits. I tend to fill my kegs right up to the lid and I figure that makes carbonation take longer.
- The first beer that I'm kegging is a sweet oatmeal stout. At about 2.2 volumes, and 45 degrees, TastyBrew lists a recommended pressure of 11.4 PSI. So do I just set this pressure and be done with it? Should I cold crash the beer first, after it's done fermenting? About how long will it take to carbonate? How does my line length and elevation affect this? Thanks for all your help.
I agree with Dave on waiting. Even with a starter, it takes a couple days for krausen on mine to show. Only problem is that it is going to be severely underpitched.