Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Recipe #40 - Classic American Pilsner

 The recipe I'm about to describe is a Classic American Pilsner extract recipe that uses an Extra Light DME and some Crystal 10L steeping grains. This style of beer had it's origins in Prohibition Era America brewed by immigrant German brewers when they settled in America. In keeping with the original style I have selected native American Cluster hops for bitterness, flavor and aroma.

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Recipe: Size 2.13 gallons: Estimated IBU=39, SRU=5, OG=1.046, FG=1.012, ABV=4.5%
1/2 Crystal 10L
2 pounds Muntons DME - Extra Light
1/2 ounce Cluster pellet hops boiled for 40 minutes
1/4 ounce Cluster pellet hops boiled for 15 minutes
1/4 ounce Cluster pellet hops boiled for 5 minutes
11.5 grams Saflager S-23 Dry Lager Yeast
Pitched at 65F and fermented at 50F

Steep grains at 150-170F for 30 minutes in 3.5 quarts filtered water

Boil 3.5 quarts of filtered water
Add and boil 1/2 oz. hops for 40 minutes
Add and boil 1/4 oz. hops for 15 minutes
Stir in 2 lbs. DME and boil for 10 minutes
Add and boil 1/4 oz. hops for 5 minutes
Place in ice bath until wort temperature cools to 65F
Add 4 quarts cold filtered water to Mr. Beer fermenter
Pour cooled wort into fermenter keg aerate and pitch yeast
Ferment at constant 50F temperature for 21 days

Steep The Grains For 30 Minutes At 150F

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