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SteveG
03/07/07 04:07 PM  
What a fine March for lagering!
I made my first of 3 lagers last Sunday, a kooky blonde beer with some fun grain adjuncts (some wheat, a little rye and corn) that probably conforms to no style. Thanks to the current second wave of icey coldness the cellar has been keeping perfectly to temperature. Following up with an Oktoberfest this Sunday and a Baltic shortly thereafter. Hope you folks have been taking advantage of the weather too!
N8
03/07/07 05:46 PM  
Re: What a fine March for lagering!
At least someone is making good of the season. I usually do lagers this time of year, but it's been very warm this winter. In the 60's or so, and even up in the 70's this past week. Hopefully we'll actually get a cold spell at some point this year.
Scott Jackson
03/07/07 06:33 PM  
Re: What a fine March for lagering!
I will be brewing my Oktoberfest beer this weekend.
Al B
03/09/07 07:58 AM  
Re: What a fine March for lagering!
Yes sir,

My basement closet has been 50-52F - nice for my Dortmunder export primary fermentation.

Cisco
03/09/07 10:27 AM  
Re: What a fine March for lagering!
Too freakin hot here already. We hit 90 the last two days abnd this it looks like it's here to stay all of next week. No lagers for me. I had to turn on the air conditioning last night to keep the house at 76. This weekend I'll be brewing a triple using the Ardennes yeast.
TedJ
03/09/07 11:36 AM  
Re: What a fine March for lagering!
Cisco, I would recommend against the Ardennes/Achouffe yeast for a Tripel. I did one last year and it was not a bad beer but not a good tripel. I think Steve said the same thing last weekend.
Cisco
03/09/07 12:42 PM  
Re: What a fine March for lagering!
What temperature did you ferment it at? What didn't you like about it specifically?
SteveG
03/09/07 12:59 PM  
Re: What a fine March for lagering!
I found it a bit funky for my tastes. You may recall from the swap that I'm real old school when it comes to triple profiles. I think it was last January that I made mine, I'm sure I would have used a brew belt. In this case though it would have been nmore to fight off the chill of my basement, I would guess it fermented in the 70s.

Anyway, Ardennes definately has its following but personally it wasn't for me.

Cisco
03/09/07 01:32 PM  
Re: What a fine March for lagering!
Well I've got a big starter of it going already so I'm using it and it will ferment at 76 and allowed to ramp up to the low 80's like most of my Belgian beers. I actually prefer the funk.
TedJ
03/10/07 12:15 PM  
Re: What a fine March for lagering!
I also go for the classic crisp dry finish with low esters. The Ardennes had too much phenolics and spice. Made mine in January with heater on in 70's. Next one I'll go back to the 1762 and 1388 combo that I used before with good results.
Cisco
03/11/07 01:57 PM  
Re: What a fine March for lagering!
Well I checked my brewing notes and my last triple got the best of show using the White Labs 550 strain which is supposed to be the same as the Wyeast Ardennes strain. I'm brewing today and the starter which I fed again is morning is climbing the walls of the flask. Beautiful brew day in the mid 80s here in Tucson!
SteveG
03/11/07 07:33 PM  
Re: What a fine March for lagering!
And a fine triple it was. Stressing here, it really is just a matter of preference. Ardennes is a quality yeast.
 
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