I'm a garage-brewer and live in northern Wisconsin so the clock may have run out on me for 2021, but... I'm hoping to finally try brewing a lager if I can still get a (relatively) warm day in November. I use an immersion chiller for cooling wort, and chilling below the mid 60s (F) can be a little challenging. I am planning to use one of the Imperial lager yeasts, which according to the Imperial website should ferment between 50-60 degrees.
I have a chest freezer in my basement that I can dial down to the desired temperature. By default, I would probably just chill the wort to as low as I can get it using my immersion chiller, then pitch and place the carboy in the chest freezer at my preset temp (probably around 55) and let it do it's thing. Alternately, I guess I could place the carboy in the chest freezer after chilling, wait for the wort temp to hit the mid 50s, and pitch then. Since this is my first foray into lagering, I'd be interested in any thoughts or feedback.