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Old 11-11-2007, 02:17 AM   #1
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I am thinking of doing a pabst blue ribbon clone, does anyone know what hops and malt are used to make PBR. Also do they use any adjuncts such as corn or rice.

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I am thinking of doing a pabst blue ribbon clone, does anyone know what hops and malt are used to make PBR. Also do they use any adjuncts such as corn or rice.
Some two-row and some rice solids. As for hops, show the wort a picture of Hallertau for about 20 seconds. Then lager.
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Some two-row and some rice solids. As for hops, show the wort a picture of Hallertau for about 20 seconds. Then lager.
LOL, that was the first beer I ever had a taste of. Yuck, way back when, and yuck now. I think I would appreciate one more if it wasn't bought in an Oklahoma liquor store hot.
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PBR is pretty cheap; why not just buy it and brew something more high-end? Besides the cost, those light American beers are tough to reproduce

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I have a bad habit of making insane drunken bets. One of my friends wants to see if I can make some PBR for him. It is more about practicing my skills at lagering than anything else.

My american lagers are fairly good, but they are made with all malt, and I think they are more hoppy and more malty than they should be. I am getting ready to try and make some with some adjuncts and get them super light, it should be a worthwhile thing to try.

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How about this:
2.5lbs 2-row
3lbs flaked rice
.1oz Cascade 60mins
wyeast 2035
before bottling, piss in the bottling bucket to taste.
should be about right

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How about this:
2.5lbs 2-row
3lbs flaked rice
.1oz Cascade 60mins
wyeast 2035
before bottling, piss in the bottling bucket to taste.
should be about right

that's hilarious! exactly what i was thinking! i'm just a little ashamed to admit i have a bit of an affinity for the PBR. the past few years in a row i've been a ski instructor in the winter and there's a great BBQ place right above our locker room that all the instructors congregate at after a long day of teaching. the second best thing about the place (first is of course the amazing pulled pork sammys) is the $2 24oz PBR tallboy cans. now every time i ski, regardless of whether or not i'm teaching, i always crave a PBR afterwards!

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Sweet, a skiing alum!

In high school I was an instructor at Chestnut in Galena, if you've ever skied at that....I'll call it a bluff.


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I haven't had any PBR for years, and certainly not since Pabst ceased to exist. I remember, though, that at the bar I used to hang out at in college back in the early 80's a lot of the older regulars there swore by it. They said it had more "beer taste" than the other beers. So, at least back when it was actually brewed in Milwaukee by Pabst, it must have been a more robust beer than some of the other American lagers that were popular at the time.

I don't know, though. The thing that I always marveled about back then is how people were so passionate about "their" brand of beer when, to me, they all tasted pretty much the same. And back then there were a lot of different beers to choose from-- Old Style, Bud, PBR, High Life, Stroh's, Blatz, Schlitz...-- and those were just the "premium" beers. Of course there also were the economy brands like Red, White & Blue, Old Milwaukee, Busch. Yet, with all those brands to choose from, in those days, at least when it came to American beers, I thought that beer was beer.

So, making PBR, as opposed to any other big brewery American Lager, would be pretty tough, since the difference in the tast of PBR compared to other brands is very, very subtle IMHO.

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How about this:
2.5lbs 2-row
3lbs flaked rice
.1oz Cascade 60mins
wyeast 2035
before bottling, piss in the bottling bucket to taste.
should be about right
I put that into my brewery software, unfortunately there isn't a setting for piss, and according to the internet piss does not contain any extra fermentables. Why exactly would I want to add this to my beer? I don't think it would add anything to the taste, if anything it might detract from it.
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