I’m a Lager…

Hey all! Just thought I would send out a quick note, since I’m very overdue for some updates.

I’ve finally created some time to brew some beer!  I’m currently using one of the beta units to help ferment a spring maibock lager. Besides being a little darker than I had planned, so far so good.

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I created a new program in the Fermostat suitably named ‘Lager’ (I was in a hurry… didn’t take time to be creative).  It is currently in the ‘Ferment’ stage and will continue to be for several more days before the program slowly increases the temperature up to 70 degrees to allow for a diacetyl rest, then back down to 34 degrees for several weeks to allow for the beer to lager.

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I keep an eye on it from time to time to make sure everything is still on track, but it’s certainly nice not to have to expend the time and effort to keep track of changing the temperature setting!

So, with all this time I’m saving not updating the temperature, I’m currently working on a new batch of beta units that will be dual-stage as well as incorporate a new, more accurate, digital thermometer. These should be ready in another week or two for testing.  I’ll be sure and keep you posted.



3 thoughts on “I’m a Lager…

  1. Caleb, be warned during the ramp down to 34. You will suck the airlock liquid back into the fermenter!

  2. After the Rest I would transfer to a keg with a small amount of pressure attached to it then start the decline to lagering phase. that way it draws in co2 vs air… Just my opinion as to that is what I am doing in a few days ;).
    Either way I am super excited to see this progress Great work.

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