Author Topic: Dunkel Lager Temp  (Read 717 times)

Offline Herminator

  • Assistant Brewer
  • ***
  • Posts: 228
    • View Profile
Dunkel Lager Temp
« on: February 23, 2014, 01:52:01 PM »
So I have a quick question about Dunkel lager temp.  I and a friend recently brewed a dunkel (thanks for all of the help and feedback on the recipe by the way!) and we fermented at a solid 52 and then raised for a D rest at 63-64 for 4 days. 

We racked into our layering vessels.  My question is, what temperature should we be lagering? I was under the assumption that it should be lagered around high 30s, getting there by dropping 5 degrees per day or so.  Some information indicates to lager at 50 degrees, which from all that I have read and gathered is a little warm.  Can anyone help with some clarification?

I am lagering in a carboy.

Thanks.

Hermen
Hermen D.
Liquid Poets Society - Homebrew Club

Offline denny

  • Administrator
  • Retired with too much time on my hands
  • *****
  • Posts: 16213
  • Noti OR [1991.4, 287.6deg] AR
    • View Profile
    • Dennybrew
Re: Dunkel Lager Temp
« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2014, 03:08:52 PM »
So I have a quick question about Dunkel lager temp.  I and a friend recently brewed a dunkel (thanks for all of the help and feedback on the recipe by the way!) and we fermented at a solid 52 and then raised for a D rest at 63-64 for 4 days. 

We racked into our layering vessels.  My question is, what temperature should we be lagering? I was under the assumption that it should be lagered around high 30s, getting there by dropping 5 degrees per day or so.  Some information indicates to lager at 50 degrees, which from all that I have read and gathered is a little warm.  Can anyone help with some clarification?

I am lagering in a carboy.

Thanks.

Hermen

I prefer to lager around 35F.  If the fermentation is complete there's no need to drop the temp gradually.   You can just crash it.
Life begins at 60.....1.060, that is!

www.dennybrew.com

The best, sharpest, funniest, weirdest and most knowledgable minds in home brewing contribute on the AHA forum. - Alewyfe

"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts." - Bertrand Russell

Offline hopfenundmalz

  • I must live here
  • **********
  • Posts: 7530
  • Milford, MI
    • View Profile
Re: Dunkel Lager Temp
« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2014, 03:15:58 PM »
The one I just did was fermented at 49 -50F.  D-rest was 65F. I am now lagering at -1C, but I had success at 35F or a little lower.  Lagering at 50F is something that one would do without proper equipment, or good knowledge of the process.

Denny is correct, if the D rest worhed, crash it.
Jeff Rankert
Ann Arbor Brewers Guild, AHA Member, BJCP Certified
Home-brewing, not just a hobby, it is a lifestyle!

Offline majorvices

  • Global Moderator
  • I must live here
  • *****
  • Posts: 8731
  • Polka. If its too loud you're too young.
    • View Profile
    • Yellowhammer Brewing Company
Re: Dunkel Lager Temp
« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2014, 03:26:24 PM »
As close to freezing as possible! (35 degrees??? Pish!! :P )

Offline Herminator

  • Assistant Brewer
  • ***
  • Posts: 228
    • View Profile
Re: Dunkel Lager Temp
« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2014, 03:27:52 PM »
Thanks Jeff and Denny for clearing that up.  Cheers! 8)
Hermen D.
Liquid Poets Society - Homebrew Club

Offline denny

  • Administrator
  • Retired with too much time on my hands
  • *****
  • Posts: 16213
  • Noti OR [1991.4, 287.6deg] AR
    • View Profile
    • Dennybrew
Re: Dunkel Lager Temp
« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2014, 09:33:00 AM »
As close to freezing as possible! (35 degrees??? Pish!! :P )

Around here, temp control is "in the ballpark" an d I call that good enough!
Life begins at 60.....1.060, that is!

www.dennybrew.com

The best, sharpest, funniest, weirdest and most knowledgable minds in home brewing contribute on the AHA forum. - Alewyfe

"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts." - Bertrand Russell

Offline majorvices

  • Global Moderator
  • I must live here
  • *****
  • Posts: 8731
  • Polka. If its too loud you're too young.
    • View Profile
    • Yellowhammer Brewing Company
Re: Dunkel Lager Temp
« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2014, 02:15:20 PM »
As close to freezing as possible! (35 degrees??? Pish!! :P )

Around here, temp control is "in the ballpark" an d I call that good enough!

I was just harassing you.  35 is fine, obviously.

Offline ynotbrusum

  • Brewmaster General
  • *******
  • Posts: 2191
  • Da mihi sis cerevisiam.
    • View Profile
Re: Dunkel Lager Temp
« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2014, 05:31:53 AM »
As close to freezing as possible! (35 degrees??? Pish!! :P )

Around here, temp control is "in the ballpark" an d I call that good enough!

I was just harassing you.  35 is fine, obviously.

My lager chest is at 34f.   ;D
Hodge Garage Brewing: "Brew with a glad heart!"