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a different lagering question
« on: October 29, 2013, 11:44:51 AM »
I'm doing my first lager, it is still fermenting and I haven't done a diacetyl rest yet.  When it comes to lagering, my plan was to transfer into a corney keg.

My question is, can I carbonate while it is in the lagering phase?  Or should I wait until lagering is complete before I hook up the CO2?

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Re: a different lagering question
« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2013, 11:51:34 AM »
I'm doing my first lager, it is still fermenting and I haven't done a diacetyl rest yet.  When it comes to lagering, my plan was to transfer into a corney keg.

My question is, can I carbonate while it is in the lagering phase?  Or should I wait until lagering is complete before I hook up the CO2?

Either way works fine.  I almost always carb while lagering.
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Re: a different lagering question
« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2013, 12:14:57 PM »
+1 to lagering and carbing at the same time.  However, I have found it to my advantage to keep the pressure down a couple of pounds or so while at 32 or 33 degrees.  When you transfer to the Kegerator you won't have foaming problems.
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Re: a different lagering question
« Reply #3 on: October 31, 2013, 03:20:42 AM »
Thanks! I always wondered if there would be any difference in the two methods other than the additional time to carbonate.


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Re: a different lagering question
« Reply #4 on: October 31, 2013, 11:54:34 AM »
I like to crash cool for a couple days to a couple weeks in the primary before transferring and lagering in the keg. After I keg, I'll hook the gas up if I have a free gas line.
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Re: a different lagering question
« Reply #5 on: October 31, 2013, 12:42:31 PM »
+1 to lagering and carbing at the same time.  However, I have found it to my advantage to keep the pressure down a couple of pounds or so while at 32 or 33 degrees.  When you transfer to the Kegerator you won't have foaming problems.

and +2 to being careful not to overcarbonate while lagering. 
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Re: a different lagering question
« Reply #6 on: November 01, 2013, 03:53:03 AM »
+1 to lagering and carbing at the same time.  However, I have found it to my advantage to keep the pressure down a couple of pounds or so while at 32 or 33 degrees.  When you transfer to the Kegerator you won't have foaming problems.

and +2 to being careful not to overcarbonate while lagering. 

I have noticed a little excessive foaming, so I carb them up and then pull them off CO2 after a week or so - when I remember!
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