After one week in the fermenter, I took a gravity sample this morning. The sample was incredible cloudy, full of tiny particles. 1.022 at 53°. OG was 1.056, but I added about 1/2 gal of boiled/chilled water to top off fermenter as the intended OG was to be 1.051.
Reaching out to experienced lager brewers now to get their opinion on whether I should raise the carboy’s temp now for a Diacytl rest. The intent of a D-rest is to increase the ferementer temp (maybe to 60° F) before the yeast are done, helping them to clean up Diacytl and Acetaldehyde. From what I’ve read, once the ferment is about 75% through is the best time to perform the d-rest.
Not sure if I should be raising the temp in one steady increase, or stepping it up gradually. Currently, in the water bath on the basement floor I can maintain the temp around 52-53° F. To raise it I would place on a table in the basement and attach my fermwrap and Johnson temp controller to warm it up to 60 or so.
They sample, like I stated was very cloudy, and smelled a bit “yeasty” for lack of a better term. Not as hoppy as I expected, which surprised me because I’ve smelled the hop aroma coming out of the airlock this whole week. Fingers crossed!