Continuing with the Wednesday video series, here is a quick one as an update to the Midwest Supplies Brew Kit Review and as a starting point to discuss what the best lagering temperature is.
From the Masters of Lager series, I got into a rhythm of lagering my beers as cold as I could get them in my beer fridge.
If I turned the (simple) temperature control dial in the fridge to its lowest setting, I was getting a consistent 34°F or 1°C temperature. The temp. would flux a bit when I was opening the door to get a few bottles but these are sacrifices you make when you are thirsty and your fridge serves dual purposes.
I have read that you can lager at slightly warmer temperatures; that is, 40° F or 4° C but I feel that cold and slow is the way to go with lagering beers at home.
Transitioning to my next thought, temperature is just one factor in the lagering game. Time is the other main one and we have raised the question before of how long to lager.
From my observations, getting the beer down to close to the temperature where water freezes is the best to get clean, crisp, and clear lagers. Holding that temperature for 6 to 8 weeks is the other key.