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Old 10-06-2006, 01:25 AM   #1
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I recently got my hands on a case of Lowenbrau. Its been quite a while since I've had this beer and I've got to say, I really enjoyed it. Nice clean malty taste, low in hops, easy drinking. Quite different than the strong hoppy ales I've been brewing up.

So it got me thinking. Winter is coming up. Temps are getting low I'd sure like to give a lager a try and this is a taste I want to go for.

I live in Japan, and my ingredients list is kind of limited (ie, I can't order a kit). I'm an extract brewer but do mini mashes from time to time (so the base malts will have to be liquid malt).

So how do I get started making a recipe for this?

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Old 10-06-2006, 01:57 AM   #2
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You're going to clone.....Blowin'-chow?!?!

If you want the same taste, bottle in clear glass. That way you'll get the same light-struck, skunky flavor.

Really though,try starting with a gravity in the 1.040's and use Hallertau or Saaz added only at 60 minutes. Any specialty grains should be light, nothing too heavy or dark. Experiment from there!

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Old 10-06-2006, 02:32 AM   #3
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You're going to clone.....Blowin'-chow?!?!

If you want the same taste, bottle in clear glass. That way you'll get the same light-struck, skunky flavor.

Wow man, don't know what you were drinking, but it doesn't sound like what I had last night.

According to wikipedia, there is a Miller brewed version of Lowenbrau, perhaps this is where you're getting this.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lowenbrau
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Old 10-06-2006, 03:58 AM   #4
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I found this one through Google. I think it might work better using all pilsner extract. Sounds like it might work. > http://www.grumpys.com.au/r1.php3?recipeid=10

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Rethin, I think the beer style what you are refering to is called Bavarian Hellees. It's my favorite one. Here is one recipe on BYO site http://www.byo.com/recipe/377.html
There is also very nice book describing history of the stile, brewing and few recipes http://www.amazon.com/Bavarian-Helles-Horst-Dornbusch/dp/093738173X

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Thanks for the help.

I wonder why the recipe calls for pistachios?

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Just skip the nuts part of the recipe :-)

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...I wonder why the recipe calls for pistachios?
For body maybe?
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A true Helles has no nuts or Vienna malt. No German beer has nuts in it for that matter.


You may want to look for something a little more credible as a recipe.

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