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Jo Diesel:
My wife does not like the beers I have made lately and think I will try a nice light pilsner. Any recipie suggestions. I don't have lager capabilities yet.

majorvices:
Extract or All grain? I recommend doing a kolsch. Very light style german ale perfect gateway beer for people who prefer light pilsners.

Basically just 100% pils malt, 20-30 BUs and a German Kolsch strain. But I will say this, temp control is still critical. You need to ferment in the very low 60s for at least 72 hours (and preferably pitch in the high 50s) and you will need almost 2Xs the amount of yeast as with ales (a 3-4L unstirred starter would not be too big, crash cool, decant spent starter beer and pitch only slurry cold).

And, traditionally these things are lagered for 2-4 weeks or so. You can skip this if you must but the beer might be a bit hazy otherwise. It is going to be difficult making a pils-like beer without a few weeks cold conditioning.

A cheap chest freezer and a $50 Johnson Controller could fix that.  ;)

tmaurer:
What doesn't she like about the beers you've made so far?  What kind of beer does she normally drink?  If she is a normally BMC drinker, why not brew something even more simple like a blonde? 

madscientist:
What about something like this?
http://www.northernbrewer.com/brewing/recipe-kits/extract-kits/extract-ale-kits/victorious-primo-extract-kit.html

I was thinking of getting this myself. 

denny:

--- Quote from: Jo Diesel on July 28, 2010, 03:58:56 AM ---My wife does not like the beers I have made lately and think I will try a nice light pilsner. Any recipie suggestions. I don't have lager capabilities yet.

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No matter what the recipe, you'll need to be able to ferment cool (maybe high 50s, low 60s-not  as cold as a lager) and cold condition the beer after it's done in order to produce a similar beer.

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