Beginner lager recipe WANTED for an ale junkie?

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Beginner lager recipe WANTED for an ale junkie?

Postby CraftyTim » Fri Sep 05, 2014 09:24

Anyone got a dead simple, can't go wrong, tasty lager recipe for a normally traditional English ale brewer, a brewer that doesn't know a whole lot about lagers really (other than they are good for getting you p*ssed when aged 18)?

I've got a spare fridge I can tie up for a period for lagering and I'm also anticipating a long, cold, snowy, icy, winter to help with this, followed by a blazing hot Spring/Summer when I can quaff such a concoction at the end of a hard day in the office.

Looking for:
Probably a European Recipe for a 23L batch
Strength between 4.2 and 5.5%
I've got Pilsner, Wheat, Pale malts and a reasonable variety of continental speciality malts (caramel and roasted, Abbey).
Want to use dried yeast on this occasion (saving liquid for another time).
Usually like my ale's with some malty backbone and a bit of sweet, and usually traditional English hops (just for an idea of what goes down well in my household).
Mash schedule.
Fermentation schedule.
Lagering schedule.

Not looking for:
Fosters, Carling (whatever style that is!?), Stella, Becks, American lagers and any other commercial muck brew clones, I don't even think I want a Budvar style either (too dry/hoppy).

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Re: Beginner lager recipe WANTED for an ale junkie?

Postby StevieDS » Fri Sep 05, 2014 09:36

How about a delicious bohemian pilsner, it's the only lager I'll drink.
I'm pretty sure Aleman has a recipe, and I think you can manage without a decoction, to keep it simple.
I brewed a pilsner a while back and iirc my recipe was 100% pilsner malt, saaz hops, saflager w34/70 yeast.
Simple and delicious.

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Re: Beginner lager recipe WANTED for an ale junkie?

Postby GrowlingDog » Fri Sep 05, 2014 10:45

I nice Bohemian Pilsner would be a good start.

4.3 kg Pilsner Malt
150g Cara-Hell
150g Dark Munich

Use Saaz for bitterness and flavour, I would add 30g at 15mins and 30g at 5 mins and enough at the beginning to hit about 30 IBU.

Yeast, liquid is best but one of the dried Lager yeasts should be fine, I tend to pitch 2 packets in a 23L batch.
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Re: Beginner lager recipe WANTED for an ale junkie?

Postby Aleman » Fri Sep 05, 2014 12:21

StevieDS wrote:my recipe was 100% pilsner malt, saaz hops, saflager w34/70 yeast.

Pretty much perfect as far as I am concerned :thumb: 3 sachets of yeast required per 5 gallons ;)

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Re: Beginner lager recipe WANTED for an ale junkie?

Postby CraftyTim » Fri Sep 05, 2014 14:37

Brilliant, thanks chaps, this'll see me brewing a lager in October :clap:

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Re: Beginner lager recipe WANTED for an ale junkie?

Postby robwalker » Fri Sep 05, 2014 15:34

+1 for 2 packets of dry yeast, most yeasts I've seen recommend it because of the lower ferment temp.
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Re: Beginner lager recipe WANTED for an ale junkie?

Postby Pjam » Thu Sep 11, 2014 12:44

Aleman wrote: 3 sachets of yeast required per 5 gallons ;)


:shock: Blimey, glad I read that ............ I'd never have guessed.
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Re: Beginner lager recipe WANTED for an ale junkie?

Postby krazypara3165 » Thu Sep 11, 2014 13:35

Just bookmarked this. It will be the first drink destined for the keg when i get round to actually ordering it!

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Re: Beginner lager recipe WANTED for an ale junkie?

Postby pittsy » Thu Sep 11, 2014 15:13

Remember to boil for between 90 and 120 mins as pilsner malt needs it .
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Re: Beginner lager recipe WANTED for an ale junkie?

Postby Good Ed » Thu Sep 11, 2014 22:58

90mins is plenty imo, the most important thing is to pitch big and cool and ferment cool at a steady temperature, you will then not have any issues with diacetyl and can also get away with not lagering

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