Lager

Better German Pilsner

  This recipe from Josh Weikert, author of the Beer: Simple blog is for a bare-bones, but crisp and flavorful, German Pils. The grist is simplicity itself, all Pils with just a touch of Victory to bring out a rich grainy malt flavor, and it has plenty of IBUs and hops flavor to keep it firmly in the Pilsner family. He says that the key is fermentation: use any and all tricks in your arsenal to dry this one out, with effective temperature control during fermentation… Read More »

Run to the Pils Recipe

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Jeremy Myers, head brewer and co-owner of Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company (Croydon, Massachusetts) notes that there are no brewing salts added for mash pH adjustment. This recipe follows the Reinheitsgebot, so he uses acidulated malt. ALL-GRAIN Batch size: 5 gallons (19 liters) Efficiency: 83% Attenuation: 83% OG: 1.049 (12.17°P) FG: 1.009 (2.14°P) IBUs: 36 ABV: 5.34% MALT/GRAIN BILL 6.83 lb (3.1 kg) Weyermann Pilsen Malt 0.57 lb (258 g) Acidulated Malt 1.08 lb (490 g) Cara-Pils Malt HOPS SCHEDULE 0.44 oz (12.5 g) Herkules [15.%… Read More »

Breakside Liquid Sunshine Pilsner Recipe

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Ben Edmunds, head brewer for Breakside Brewery in Portland, Oregon, shared this recipe for their classic German Pilsner with an emphasis on late-kettle hops. ALL-GRAIN Brewhouse efficiency: 88% OG: 1.049 (11.5°P) FG: 1.010 (2.6°P) IBUs: 26 ABV: 5% MALT/GRAIN BILL 7 lbs 6 oz (3.35 kg) German Pilsner malt HOPS SCHEDULE 0.4 oz (11 g) Opal [8.7% AA] at 60 minutes 0.8 oz (23 g) Opal [8.7% AA] at 10 minutes 3.2 oz (91 g) mixed low-alpha German hops (Hersbrucker, Tettnanger, Mittelfruh) at the end… Read More »
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Your Father’s Mustache Pre-Prohibition Lager Recipe

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Jeff Renner, a founding member of the Ann Arbor Brewers Guild, began a successful campaign in the 1990s to get Classic American Pilsner recognized as a style in homebrewing competitions. In 2015, the new BJCP Style Guidelines recategorized it as a Historic Beer and a Pre-Prohibition Lager. Renner first brewed “Your Father’s Mustache” when he began his own investigation into what is now called pre-Prohibition lager. We’ve scaled it for a 5-gallon (19-liter) batch. ALL-GRAIN Batch size: 5 gallons (19 liters) Brewhouse efficiency: 80% OG:… Read More »

Mom & Pop’s Wet Hops Lager Recipe

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The recipe for this wet-hops lager from Jack’s Abby changes every year because they use 10 percent local unmalted grain (whatever is available that year) and add as many wet hops as they can fit into the kettle. Says Sonia Friedman, marketing manager for Jack’s Abby, “[The approach] isn’t particularly scientific, but it delivers a truly unique flavor that can’t be replicated.” ALL-GRAIN OG: 1.054 FG: 1.015 IBUs: Varies ABV: 5.2% MALT/GRAIN BILL 9.5 lb (4.3 kg) locally sourced pale malt 1 lb (454 g)… Read More »
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Make Your Finest Kellerbier

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Kellerbier is a beer that merges the very best of British cask ale with German malts and hops in a novel lager type. It has an atypical taste profile that, relying in your ending steps, can symbolize itself as a type of German ESB or a Continental IPA. As a result of it’s a comparatively new type to the U.S. craft and homebrewing market, you might need hassle discovering industrial or homebrewed variations to match yours to, however this model ought to get you fairly… Read More »