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Offline apack76

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Need advice to keep lager in cooler temps
« on: April 22, 2021, 05:39:27 PM »
Hello gang!

I need some advice on how to keep my lager in cooler temps.  I racked my lager a few days ago into a second fermenter.  I don't have a refrigerator to keep the lager to optimum temps.  I have been using a towel and ice packs to drive the temps down.  I am having a hard time getting it below 62 degrees.  Any ideas or advice?  Much appreciated!

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Re: Need advice to keep lager in cooler temps
« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2021, 06:00:28 PM »
Welcome to the forum.  You can build an inexpensive foam insulated box pretty easily or look into these insulated bags:

https://www.morebeer.com/products/cool-brewing-fermentation-cooler-bag.html?gclid=Cj0KCQjwvYSEBhDjARIsAJMn0lhiKeWGECSVyAgKJ-bpdvRCvyBqMBQ8CDUpAQgi4FDIG9h4JoMYa2QaAuf6EALw_wcB

I find that they work very well.

Cheers!  By the way - secondary for any beers are pretty much unnecessary.  Just keep them in the primary until final packaging.  Less fuss and likelihood of infection or oxidation....Best of luck with your beer!
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Re: Need advice to keep lager in cooler temps
« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2021, 06:15:27 PM »
Thanks!  I'll check the MoreBeers website. 
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Re: Need advice to keep lager in cooler temps
« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2021, 06:54:05 PM »
Paired with a couple 2 liter frozen water bottles, they work incredibly well.
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Re: Need advice to keep lager in cooler temps
« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2021, 07:27:50 PM »
I know of few of the local breweries. I ask them if they have space to spare in their refrigerator. They usually do and are very accommodating. By the way, I lager my beer in a purged keg. I also mark my keg with my name and phone number.
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Re: Need advice to keep lager in cooler temps
« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2021, 09:05:12 PM »
How deep are your pockets? Not trying to be a turd but I have a few ideas and it would help to know.

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Re: Need advice to keep lager in cooler temps
« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2021, 03:57:09 AM »
Hello gang!

I need some advice on how to keep my lager in cooler temps.  I racked my lager a few days ago into a second fermenter.  I don't have a refrigerator to keep the lager to optimum temps.  I have been using a towel and ice packs to drive the temps down.  I am having a hard time getting it below 62 degrees.  Any ideas or advice?  Much appreciated!
Alonzo
Some lager yeasts give good results in the low 60s.
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Re: Need advice to keep lager in cooler temps
« Reply #7 on: April 23, 2021, 08:18:52 AM »
How deep are your pockets? Not trying to be a turd but I have a few ideas and it would help to know.

No, deep pockets here.  I just ordered an insulation cooler bag. 

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Re: Need advice to keep lager in cooler temps
« Reply #8 on: April 24, 2021, 12:31:43 PM »
I know of few of the local breweries. I ask them if they have space to spare in their refrigerator. They usually do and are very accommodating. By the way, I lager my beer in a purged keg. I also mark my keg with my name and phone number.

Yikes! That is illegal and if they get raided by the TTB they could face serious fines or even closure. Most likely it is not only federally illegal but probably locally too.