“Barstool Blues” American Lite Lager

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Derrick Flippin of Rural Hall, NC, won a gold medal in Category #1: Light Lager during the 2016 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in Baltimore, MD. Flippin’s American light lager was chosen as the best among 224 entries in the category. Flippin was also the Ninkasi Award Winner for the competition. The award is named for the Sumerian Goddess of beer and is given to the winningest brewer based on points earned in the Final Round of National Homebrew Competition.

To see other winning homebrew recipes from the 2016 National Homebrew Competition, visit our archive of National Homebrew Competition winners.

“Barstool Blues” American Lite Lager | Lite American lager


  • For 5.5 gallons (20.82 L)
    • 8.56 lb (3.88 kg) pale 6-row malt
    • 2.12 lb (962 g) flaked corn
    • 0.5 oz (14 g) Mt. Hood pellets, 5.5% a.a. (60 min.)
    • 0.5 oz (14 g) Mt. Hood pellets, 5.5% a.a (5 min.)
    • 1/2 tsp (2.5 g) Wyeast nutrient blend
    • 1 tsp (5 g) gelatin for cold-side fining
    • Campden tablets to remove chlorine from water
    • Wyeast 2042 Danish Lager yeast (starter)


    • Original Gravity: 1.047
    • Final Gravity: 1.010
    • ABV: 4.86%
    • Boil Time: 60 minutes


    Single infusion mash at 148º F (64º C) for 90 minutes. Mash out at 168º F (76º C) for 10 minutes.

    Ferment in primary for 3 weeks at 48º F (9º C) and then move to secondary for 2 weeks at 33º F (1º C).

    Carbonate to 3 volumes of CO2.