About This Course

In this class, Craft Beer & Brewing Contributing Editor Dave Carpenter will walk you through everything you need to know to create your own craft lagers at home. At the end of the course, you'll have gained a solid understanding of what it takes to brew a great lager and how to create the right environment to cold ferment and cold condition your beer.

Course curriculum

  • 01

    Introduction

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    • Welcome!

    • Introduction

    • Intro Video

  • 02

    What Exactly is Lager?

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    • How Lager Came To Be

    • Division of Beer

    • Traveling Knowledge

    • Characteristics of lagers

  • 03

    Yeast Considerations

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    • Lager Yeast

    • Lager Basics

    • Differences of Lager Yeast

    • Pitch rates

    • Talking About Yeast I

    • Yeast health and pitch rates

    • Talking About Yeast II

    • Oxygen requirements

    • Oxygen Requirements Video

  • 04

    Temperature Control

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    • Keeping It Cold

    • Methods

    • Two Achievements

    • Temperature Control

    • Refrigeration Methods

    • The ice bucket challenge

    • Ice Bucket

    • Swamp thing

    • Evap Swamp

    • Cool Zone

    • Cool Zone Video

    • Temperature controlled refrigerator or freezer

    • Freezer

    • Controller

  • 05

    Fermentation Profiles

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    • Two basic approaches

    • Ferment Profile

    • Preferred Approach

    • Alternate Approach

    • Plot

  • 06

    Lagering (Conditioning)

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    • What does lagering do?

    • How to lager

    • Primary Fermentation to Lagering

    • Conditioning

  • 07

    Practical Considerations

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    • Knockout

    • Knockout Video

    • Cooling systems

    • Lagering chamber

    • Storage environment

    • Packaging

    • Packaging Video

  • 08

    Troubleshooting

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    • Off flavors

    • Identifying Off Flavors

    • Acetaldehyde

    • Green Apple Flavor

    • Diacetyl

    • Dimethyl sulfide (DMS)

  • 09

    Conclusion

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    • Thank You!

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