Lager beer requires fermentation and aging at low temperatures (35 to 50 degrees F) to provide optimal conditions for the yeast to ferment the beer and produce the clean crisp taste you would expect from a lager. If temperature is not carefully controlled, the result will be off-flavors and qualities due to undesirable and unwanted compounds produced by the yeast during fermentation.
When we think about lager vs ale, the images that come to mind are golden light bodied beers versus amber hoppy beers and brown full bodied beer. Lagers do tend to be lighter in body and smoother in taste. It is also true that lagers take longer to produce and are fermented and aged at colder temperatures.
The answer is the yeast which is best suited to the style of beer you want to make and best suited to the brewing conditions you have (this means you can hold the fermenting beer within the temperature range specified for the yeast).
Flavor Killers Part 1 - Why Does Homebrew Beer Taste “Homebrewed” Even When You Use All The Right Ingredients?
Some people turn their noses up at the idea of drinking homemade beer. They see homebrew as not as good as the commercial brews. One of the key reasons for this is that they have tried homebrews which have some “off” flavors.
There are high quality ingredients that you can buy to ensure you are producing the best lager beer, but the most major ingredient, which makes up more than 95% of your beer, is one that you typically do not buy, and that’s water.
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