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What is the difference between lager and ale?

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Lagers are brewed with bottom fermenting yeasts at cooler temperatures and tend to be lighter and cleaner tasting. Ales are brewed with top fermenting yeasts at warmer temperatures and tend to be more full-bodied. Because of the cooler temperatures at which lagers ferment and condition, they take much longer to develop. Homebrewers can make drinkable ales at cellar temperatures in as little as six weeks, but lagers take months to craft and usually require some sort of refrigeration. The novice homebrewer should always start out with an ale, porter, or stout, which all use ale yeasts for fermentation.

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