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Offline SecondRow_Sean

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Lager Recipe Suggestions
« on: June 30, 2012, 01:33:58 PM »
Hello,

I'm looking for some ideas/suggestions/recommendations on brewing a lighter lager. I haven't done one before, but I've got temp control, a free weekend and a heat wave that's making me thirsty. I have a setup where I can do a partial mash and probably looking at a 3 or 3.5 gallon batch. Starting off with roughly 4 lbs pale DME, some questions I have are:

- What kind/how much specialty grain can I use?
- What type of hops are good for bitterin/aroma/dry hopping?
- Any recipes you guys recommend?

I appreciate any help. Thanks.

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Re: Lager Recipe Suggestions
« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2012, 05:41:11 PM »
I've been on a German Lager kick lately... Spaten comes to mind.  Hallertauer, Tettnager, Saaz... those are good hops to use.  Sierra Nevada Summerfest uses Perle and Saaz hops, and I think Pils/Munich malt.
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Re: Lager Recipe Suggestions
« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2012, 06:27:02 PM »
I have not brewed a lager of any kind but I would think you would want to go with pilsner extract over the normal pale. +1 on the noble hops.
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Re: Lager Recipe Suggestions
« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2012, 05:32:38 AM »
I agree on the hops, but would add Sterling to that list.
I doubt that you need any specialty malts.  My standard pils recipe is 95% pils malt and sometimes 5% Vienna.  I haven't made an extract beer for a while, but could you use just pilsner extract?
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Re: Lager Recipe Suggestions
« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2012, 03:54:54 PM »
Yeah, looks like I'll use Pilsen DME and play around with some of the hops you guys suggested. Thanks.

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Re: Lager Recipe Suggestions
« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2012, 06:24:28 PM »
4 lb of DME in a 3-3.5 gal batch would be ~1.049-1.058 OG, so that might already be over your target for a "light" lager. If you're going to do a mini-mash, I'd cut way back on the DME.
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