Is this what a lager looks like?

lager I hope so.

I’ve never made one because the style is very difficult to brew. Temperature considerations and delicacy due to the lightness of malts and hops make this style a real challenge for homebrewers like myself who haven’t invested in refrigeration equipment. But I had a proper garage this year so I thought that now would be as good a time as any to give the style a shot. I tried to stay away from my typical tendencies to dabble with the recipe or so anything quirky and just brew this batch straight up.

Pictured is the carboy, just before I bottled the beer. How did things turn out? I don’t know. It’s been put into the bottle and then back in the garage to finish cold.

Spoiler alert: the prognosis does not look good. But if the pros can have the occasional hiccup, then remembering to give myself a little slack is probably appropriate. How does it all turn out? I’ll tell you next month.

5 thoughts on “Is this what a lager looks like?”

  1. My advice- give it time.
    My first beer I brewed was a steam beer. I won’t say it was a perfect clone of Anchor Steam by any means, but a pretty neat thing happened over time- the beer lagered in my fridge!

    Good luck!

    -g

    1. Thanks! It’s going to stay outside in the bottle for at least another month before I even consider cracking it open so who knows what may happen in that time?

  2. I brewed a lager for the first time in December and it looked a lot like that. It was a thick creamy look but tasted like lager 100%. Note it took over 6 weeks to be ready to drink:-(

    1. Ah, that’s a bummer. Still; my initial plan was to keep it in the bottle for a month anyway, so two more weeks shouldn’t matter. I hope mine pays off like yours did.

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