Yeah, so I know this will probably get me laughed out of the forum but I would like to do a couple of small experimental batches of American Lager/Light Lager for some family members who only seem to like BMC type products. I really thought BM's Centennial Blonde
would be a hit with them but sometimes it's hard to teach "old dogs new tricks"
While they thought it was good, most thought it was "too heavy" for an afternoon poolside quaffer...I assume that means it had too much flavor.
Sooo...I've been puttering around with Beer Smith and came up with the following:
4 lbs 2 row pilsner malt (80%)
2 lbs Minute Rice (20%)
.75 oz Saaz (4.00%) 60 minutes (20.1 IBU)
WLP029 Kolsch yeast
American Light Lager
3 lbs 2 row Pilsner Malt (80%)
12 oz Minute Rice (20%)
.33 oz Saaz (4.00%) 60 minutes (9.7 IBU)
WLP029 Kolsch yeast
Both recipes will be single infusion, light body, batch sparged mashed at 150* for 60-75 minutes, more than likely stove top BIAB batches as well.
Is my 80/20 grain ratio out of whack? Would these be better (I know, better the what, water) if I went with a 85/15 ratio instead?
I don't have the capability to lager yet and I want to brew 10 gallons of EdWort's Oktoberfest Ale
by the end of this month so it will be ready in October. Who knows, these recipes may turn out to be a great pool side quaffer or lawn mower beer in July when it's 90+ with even higher humidity...I figure worst case scenario I've just made two large starters which should give me a nice yeast crop for the 10g Oktoberfest batch
I've searched for Bud/Bud Light clones on here and always come up with the same results..."Why", "Just go buy it", "Horse Piss", etc with a very small amount of people talking about how difficult this style is to make with it's lack of flavor, bitterness, and aroma. IMO, every beer has it's time and place whether it is an IIPA or American Light Lager so any non BMC bashing comments would be greatly appreciated