Features: light, pale and refreshing (6% abv)
Price Range: $21.50
Overall Rating: Very Good
A light, refreshing golden beer for late winter brewing so it's ready to enjoy on the opening day of baseball season.
First Pitch Pilsner
1 Can High Country Canadian Draft
1 Can Pale Export UME
1 Packet Dry Brewing Yeast (under lid of beer mix)
1 Pouch Booster™
1 Packet Sterling Pellet Hops
1 Muslin Hop Sack
1 Packet One Step™
INGREDIENTS: MALTED TWO ROW BARLEY, HOPS, HOP EXTRACT, BOOSTER, WATER, AND YEAST (Packed Under Lid)
Fermentation, Carbonation And Conditioning Times:
21 days for fermentation
21 days for carbonation
28 days minimum conditioning at 50-70F
02 days minimum in fridge
Fermentation: 27-Feb/20-Mar (68-76F)
Carbonation : 20-Mar/10-Apr (68-76F)
Conditioning: 10-Apr/08-May (50-70F)
"This was my fourth attempt at brewing beer, my first using a 'Hoppy' recipe that included (UME), instead of the 'Booster' included in the 'Standard' refills. After fermenting for 21 days I will sample the brew before bottling it. From the very first taste I will know if waiting another 21 days for carbonation to complete, will be a challenge ".
The ingredients used in this recipe included 1 can hopped malt extract (HME), 1 can of unhopped malt extract (UME), 1/2 ounce of hop pellets, and 1 packet of dry yeast. Recipes having more ingredients will require longer fermentation time, to allow the yeast to work.
Just as in the fermentation process carbonation times will depend on the complexities of each recipe. As a rule of thumb recipes containing many ingredients take longer to carbonate than recipes with few ingredients.
Up until this point I completely omitted the very important process of conditioning the beer. Allowing the beer's flavors to fully merge and mature in the bottle before drinking. In a basement, with a consistent year round temperature range of 50-70F, naturally brewed beer can be stored for up to 4 months. Prior to drinking the beer should be refrigerated for 24-48 hours and served cold in a clean glass.