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Caleb Meinke of Cambridge, Wisconsin, a member of the Madison Brewers and Tasters Guild, won a gold medal in Category 1: Pale American Beer during the 2022 National Homebrew Competition in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Meinke’s American light lager (1A) was chosen first out of 91 entries in the category.
- 3 lb. (1.36 kg) 2-row brewer’s malt
- 3 lb. (1.36 kg) Pilsner malt
- 1 lb. (0.45 kg) Flaked corn
- 0.5 oz. (14g) Hallertauer Mittelfrüh, 4.4% a.a. @ 60 min
- 0.5 oz. (14g) Hallertauer Mittelfrüh, 4.4% a.a. @ 15 min
- 380 billion cells Imperial L17 Harvest
- 34 ppm Ca, 10 ppm Mg, 3 ppm Na, 35 ppm Cl, 75 ppm SO4, 16 HCO3
Yield: 5.25 US gal. (19.9 L)
Original Gravity: 1.044 (11°P)
Final Gravity: 1.008 (2.1°P)
As with most lager beer, quality water and a large, healthy pitch of yeast are everything in this beer. Start with a clean, neutral water base (RO recommended), and push that cell count up to 1.5 to 1.75 million cells/mL/degree Plato. Enjoy!
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