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Old 03-05-2009, 10:00 PM   #1
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OK, guys get ready to make with the skunk piss jokes. I have been brewing for at least a dozen years now, and while I know I'm never going to get seriously into the science behind it, I think I have gotten pretty good at making beer. All kinds of beer. I have made pilseners, bocks, trappists, APAs, wheats, hefes, marzens, kolsches, wee heavys, scottish ales, mild ales, American ambers, nut brown ales, & prolly a bunch more that I can't think of at the moment.

One style of beer that I have never made is a light American lager. That's right- a BMC style beer. While we here at HBT like to be downright condescending about BMC-no flavor, no body, etc.- anyone that knows anything about brewing can say that the light American lager is just about the most difficult beer to brew. Well, I gave it a go today. So go ahead and make your jokes- I don't care.

The ingredients were simple-and minimal:

Fizzy Yellow Beer
5# 2-row
2 1/2 # flaked corn (I know, I know)
1/2 oz Mt Hood 5% 60 min
1/4 oz Mt Hood 5% 15 min
Wyeast American Lager yeast

That's it. Funny thing was, there were so few grains in the mash that they didn't even reach up to the thermometer in my tun, so I had to take temps with a dial-type thermometer. I thought that was kinda funny.
Kept my mash steady at 150 for 75 minutes and batch sparged. In retrospect I probably should have used some Irish Moss, but oh, well, I didn't think of it until it was too late.

I figure my basement will be cold enough to ferment this for about another month, and by then I should have my friend's old fridge to lager it in, along with the bock and the Marzen I've already brewed this year.

If it turns out like it should, I'll take it camping on Memorial day and feed it to the BMC masses, while I drink the Bock I brewed last month. If it doesn't, oh, well, I didn't spend much money on ingredients....

OK, joke away.

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Old 03-05-2009, 10:21 PM   #2
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actually, this is just a "MC" -- the "B" in "BMC" uses flaked rice, right?

what was your OG?

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actually, this is just a "MC" -- the "B" in "BMC" uses flaked rice, right?

what was your OG?
Yeah, I guess you're right- Just MC

OG was spot-on at 1.040.
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Interesting experiment. As far as I'm concerned, as an art, no style should be out of bounds. If you can make one that tastes exactly as intended, it's a successful brew.

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Maybe call it the Not AB Lounger.

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Old 03-05-2009, 11:50 PM   #6
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Good for you! It's certainly a challenge, brewing light beers. I wish you the best of luck!

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P.S. See the 1950s Brooklyn Lager recipe in my sig. Looks awfully similar...

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Bump. I've had this brew on the gas for a couple days now in prep for this weekend, and I just poured a sample. GAWD, I wish I had a digital camera! Crystal clear, carbonation is perfect, nice lacing. It looks and tastes like Miller High Life. The BMC-ers are gonna love it this weekend. Now I just gotta bottle some bock for myself!

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Yeah, Bernie, sounds great. I figured about $14.75 for the batch. If you had the yeast then about $8.50. Who says you can't make a BMC clone cheaper than you can buy it. Oh and about 135 calories.

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Bump. I've had this brew on the gas for a couple days now in prep for this weekend, and I just poured a sample. GAWD, I wish I had a digital camera! Crystal clear, carbonation is perfect, nice lacing. It looks and tastes like Miller High Life. The BMC-ers are gonna love it this weekend. Now I just gotta bottle some bock for myself!

That's cool. I think I'd like to give something like that a try just so I can verify my oft repeated assertion that I can brew any style I like. I'll probably do it in the winter when I'm only doing 5 gallon batches. No sense in getting all weird with it.
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i tried something similar about 6& 7 brews back , my main objective was to see if i could a fizzy yellow beer clear , the first batch turned out ok but my second atempt turned out much better, i also used 1\2 lb rice and 7lb of 2-row grain

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