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Lagering advantage
« on: May 20, 2015, 03:23:16 PM »
Does there come a point when lagering becomes ineffective? I have five gallons at 32 degrees for three months now. Is there any benefit to leaving it in the fridge longer?

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Re: Lagering advantage
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2015, 03:42:18 PM »
I'd say that at this point there is no advantage in terms of further lagering.  Of course, keeping it cold will help prolong the life of the beer.
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Re: Lagering advantage
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2015, 09:58:05 PM »
Does there come a point when lagering becomes ineffective? I have five gallons at 32 degrees for three months now. Is there any benefit to leaving it in the fridge longer?

What was the recipe? An imperial bock with a 1.140 O G would be better served by a longer lager period than a 1.050 pilsner.
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Re: Lagering advantage
« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2015, 12:46:35 PM »
It's a 1.048 Czech Pilsner.

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Re: Lagering advantage
« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2015, 02:19:58 PM »
Get the beer to drinking status! Tradional German lager brewing recommends 1 week lagering per degree plato, so even by that you should be good to go now(with your 12 plato og).

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Re: Lagering advantage
« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2015, 06:33:57 PM »
The more frequently you brew your various lager recipes, the more you will figure out how long each of them should be lagered best.  For example, I brewed up a new recipe in Feb for a traditional bock that I have not brewed in about 5 years.  I had lagered it for about 6 wks prior to entering it in a local competition where it took a gold medal.  This week (about 3 months of lagering in the keg) I have found that it has reached its peak and tastes absolutely awesome (even better than when I originally had it judged at the comp).  So now I know the next time I brew it where the sweet spot for lagering is. 

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Re: Lagering advantage
« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2015, 06:41:27 PM »
Brulosopher has set the bar for me:

http://brulosophy.com/methods/lager-method/

Really works.
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