Originally Posted by ksubowman
I've got a fridge to use. I like the idea of a pilsner. I may try a kit for the first one. Any suggestions on a good kit lager?
Not sure; I don't brew any kits. I know both Northern Brewer and Midwest Supplies have great kits though.
Or...if you're going to brew all-grain, there isn't much reason to get a kit for a Pilsner. Try this - it's a relatively simple single infusion mash dry Pils with moderately high noble hop bitterness and character, but not overpowering.
100% Pils malt (Weyermann is my favorite)
Mash at 147 for 90 minutes
Sparge to pre-boil volume
28 IBU Hallertau at 90 minutes (first wort hop if you want)
6 IBU Hallertau at 20 minutes
2 IBU Hallertau at 10 minutes
Irish moss at 10 or 15 minutes
Cool wort to 48F, pitch two packets of Saflager W-34/70 (rehydrated) and set fermentation temperature for 48-50F. Ferment for 2 weeks or so until most activity is gone. Raise temperature or take carboys out of fride to about 62-66F for 2 weeks. Cold crash, keg or bottle, then lager for about 2 months at ~35F.
(This is my proven lager process. Some suggest doing a 3 day diacetyl rest before the end of primary fermentation. I've had great results with my method and moderate luck with the 3 day rest method. Do whichever method you want.)
Carbonate to 2.5 to 2.8 vol CO2, serve.
I just threw this together on the spot, so I'm willing to work with you to adjust to your liking. Also, I would use some brewing software to figure out the amounts from the percentages/IBUs I gave to fit your setup, efficiency, and process.