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Offline Robert

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Re: Oktoberfest aging time?
« Reply #15 on: February 21, 2020, 07:02:39 PM »
I should clarify, I'm pretty much like BrewBama.   I spund my beers, so they hit FG fully carbonated after about 7 days fermentation at normal fermentation temperatures.   Flavor is fully developed at this point.  The full 6-7 weeks lageri g is not necessarily needed to clarify the beer.  It's just an artifact of how my pipeline has evolved.  When it's full, that's how long it takes for a keg to come on tap.
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Re: Oktoberfest aging time?
« Reply #16 on: February 22, 2020, 01:11:38 PM »
I actually brewed a Marzen style beer last March and didn’t get around to bottling it until September.  Too many other chores got in the way.  I have an old dirt floor cellar that never gets above 50, the carboy sat down there for the summer.  Anyhow I was sure the beer was going to awful, but it was actually quite good.

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Re: Oktoberfest aging time?
« Reply #17 on: February 22, 2020, 01:52:41 PM »
I actually brewed a Marzen style beer last March and didn’t get around to bottling it until September.  Too many other chores got in the way.  I have an old dirt floor cellar that never gets above 50, the carboy sat down there for the summer.  Anyhow I was sure the beer was going to awful, but it was actually quite good.

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Re: Oktoberfest aging time?
« Reply #18 on: February 22, 2020, 04:01:11 PM »
As Dave said, age (aka: lager) until the beer tastes good. I can tell you that different yeasts require differing time to lager and enhance their flavor. So there isn't a single answer.
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Re: Oktoberfest aging time?
« Reply #19 on: February 22, 2020, 06:21:39 PM »
Commercial brewing perspective: For most of our lagers at Yellowhammer we ferment cold (48-52) raising the temp after 72 hours or so to higfh 50s. after about a week or 10 days do a force diacetyl test. When that passes cold crash for about 3 days and centrifuge. There isn't really anything magical that is happening during an extended lagering period.

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Re: Oktoberfest aging time?
« Reply #20 on: February 22, 2020, 07:02:20 PM »
My experience is similar to Keith’s but I often just start at 52F and rack when the gravity stabilizes.  A Tilt helps with this greatly.  Most finish in a week, but I had one lager recently take a full 14 days (34/70 dry yeast).
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Re: Oktoberfest aging time?
« Reply #21 on: February 23, 2020, 12:54:34 AM »
My longest lagering time was around 2 months. Using Wyeast.
The beer was always bright and clear...as it should be after that amount of time. We always hold it at 32 degrees.
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