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Bottle Conditioning Lagers

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Nic Ashley • Raleigh, North Carolina asks,
Q

I’ve been brewing ales for a while and want to try my hand at a few lager recipes I’ve created. If I were to do my primary fermentation at 50 °F (10 °C), and my secondary at 45 °F (7 °C), would I have to let the beer warm to room temperature to bottle with priming sugar? I know ale yeast goes dormant in the fridge at low temperatures, but lager yeast thrives in those conditions. So I am not sure if the bottles would carbonate at a temperature range between 40–50 °F (4–10 °C)?

A
Since you are new to brewing lagers, I would focus 100% of my attention to primary fermentation and how the yeast behaves when fermented at cooler temperatures. Ale brewers are accustomed to
Response by Ashton Lewis.