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Bottle Conditioning A Lager

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jeremys

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I'm interested to know who here has bottle conditioned a lager before. I'm an extract brewer and package soley in bottles and I have never done a lager before. I'm planning on brewing a Marzen in a week or so and will be bottling it once fermentation is complete (actually I usually leave my beers for about a week after fermentation is complete).

Now I know that lagers improve with a long lagering period, but I have doubts over whether the bottles will carbonate at such low temperatures. Should I bottle condition at fermentation temperature, or warmer, then lager? Or vice-versa? Any advice would be much appreciated!
 

Rob S

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My 2c - I'd bottle then leave for 2 weeks at the fermenting temp, then lager at 1*C or whatever for however ling you want.
 

mikk

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I'm bottle conditioning some lagers now, & have them carbonating at warmer than fermentation temp (17Cish) for 2-3 weeks, & will then lager them for at least a month or 2.

I can't say if this is the absolute best procedure, but it should work fine. Just don't try and carbonate them at lager temperature, or it'll take absolutely forever!
 

Bats

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There's probably better ways to do it but this is how I ferment and bottle my lagers and does the trick for me.

I ferment at 12 C until fermentation complete. I then rack into secondary and Lager the secondary at 2 to 4 C for about a month. Then bottle and prime as usual. I then store at room temp until carbonated (2 to 3 weeks). Then put the bottles in the fridge ready for consumption. They will still lager in the fridge and age well but are still drinkable.
 

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