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Lagering question for Steam beer
« on: January 14, 2013, 08:02:04 AM »
Doing an Anchor Steam clone; been in primary for about a week @~64F. Just tasted some and i am not pickng up any diacetyl and i think fermentation is done. So what next? do i cold crash? lager? or simply keg, force and serve?
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Re: Lagering question for Steam beer
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2013, 08:11:06 AM »
Steam Beers are my favorite.  You can really do any of the above.  They are meant to be served fresh, but a few weeks of lagering does good things.  I'd leave it in primary for another week, keg for 2 weeks, carb and serve.  Then make another and lager it for a few weeks.  See the difference.

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Re: Lagering question for Steam beer
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2013, 08:30:59 AM »
Like Dave says, you could go either way, drink it fresh or lager it. Personally, I think a Steam beer really shines after 3-4 weeks of lagering, but that's just my opinion.
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Re: Lagering question for Steam beer
« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2013, 08:41:39 AM »
Like Dave says, you could go either way, drink it fresh or lager it. Personally, I think a Steam beer really shines after 3-4 weeks of lagering, but that's just my opinion.

I agree as Steams are a regular brew here. Personally I ferment mine at 58 and leave in primary for 3 weeks total. The third week I allow to self rise to 62 and then package. They turn out crystal clear and really tasty!
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Re: Lagering question for Steam beer
« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2013, 07:44:43 AM »
I always leave mine on the yeast for 3 weeks. You can drink these fresh if you want to but in my opinion they are best after 8 weeks. I recently found 2 bottles from 10 months ago and they still tasted great!