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Old 12-20-2011, 05:43 PM   #1
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Default Favorite Lager recipe

I've got a room in my house that without heat is about 5 degrees Celsius, but has a baseboard heater in it, so I can have it as warm as I like.

Would like to try my first lager... what is everyone's favorite recipe?

Was thinking of Brewing Classic Styles Bo Pils.. as I love a crisp, hoppy pilsner.

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Munich Helles from BCS of course

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My favorite commercial lager is definitely Great Lakes Eliot Ness, and my favorite homebrew lager is my pseudo clone.

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Recipe doesn't matter as much as process and ingredients. I'll be so boldly immodest to say that the SMaSH Pilsner I made October 21 is as good as any craft lager. It's shockingly similar to Victory Prima, but fresher than I can find that beer and with better foam. My presumption is that you could sub in any nobleish hop or any high-quality base malt and get just as good a product in the glass as long as the process is just as flawless.

10lb Briess Undermod Pils
RO water plus 3gm CaCl2
Double decoction 53-64-75ºC, pH ~5.65, single batch sparge
1.5oz leaf Spalt Select @90 & @10
1/2 Whirlfloc tablet, 2gm Wyeast nutrient
1pkg 2308 stepped from 1L to 4L, pitch 8ºC then hold to 10ºC
Ferment 3 weeks, rack, and lager for 4 weeks

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I can't choose. I like so many.
Hopville . "Amber Waves" Vienna Lager Recipe - this is a first run and something I will try to improve in the next few batches.
Hopville . "Polenta CAP" Classic American Pilsner Recipe
Hopville . "Vanguard Pils" German Pilsner (Pils) Recipe
Hopville . "Negra Celebración" Dark American Lager Recipe
Hopville . "Mr. Bock" Traditional Bock Recipe
I've got a lot more and cant pick favorites. I always have a lager bubbling.

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Munich Helles from BCS of course
Brewing this Saturday. Haven't figured out whether I'm going to do a single or double decoction yet. What do you do when you brew it?
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Here's Kristen England's Helles and decoction method. JZ's is a single infusion.
The Northern Brewer Homebrew Forum • View topic - Decocation Mash Effeciency

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Good read. I'm doing something very close to that now for my single decoctions. The only difference is I skip the protein rest.

I've done a double only once (on a no-boil berliner), and basically did this then pulled a second decoction.

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Brewing this Saturday. Haven't figured out whether I'm going to do a single or double decoction yet. What do you do when you brew it?
I do single for everything. Im just lazy like that. Although my last beer i had some temp miss caclulations and kinda did a step mash from 148 to 152.
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I've made the BCS Helles, single infusion, and it was delicious.

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