I’ve been brewing for about six months now and I’m gearing up to try my first lager. I came across a mini-fridge for free and I want to put it to good use. Unfortunately, I can’t fit a carboy in there without some modifications which I’d rather not do at this point (unless this lager really sucks). So, I’m going to do it in a bucket, which just happens to fit perfectly. From what I’ve read on the interwebs its not good to do it in a bucket because there is a greater chance of oxygen leaking in and you can’t see the krausen so it’s hard to know if it’s time to do a diacetyl rest.
So here is my dilemma. I’m going to brew the World Wide Lager extract kit and the recipe calls for primary fermentation of two weeks. From what I read it’s good to do a diacetyl rest but I can’t keep checking to see if the krausen has gone down or not without exposing my brew to oxygen… which I’m scared of even more.
What I’m considering doing is adding a week to the primary fermentation just to make sure I don’t do a diacetyl rest too early. Does that sound about right?
Any advice welcomed!