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coldtracker 12-14-2012 12:23 PM

AG Busch Lite
I have done 30+ extract brewsnd would like to get into AG. I am going to try DeathBrewers Easy Stove Top method. Here's the catch. My wife would like me to make a Busch Lite Clone. I told her it was impossible but would try to get something close.
This is what I've come up with so far:
5# Pale 6 row
2.5# Flaked maize
.25# Munich light 10L
.25oz. Cascade 6.2 - 60 min.
.25oz. Willamette 3.4 - 15 min.
.25oz. Strisselspalt 2.6 - 5 min.
I don't have a way to do a lager so am going to use Wyeast 1056.
1 tsp. Amylase Enzyme in the secondary for 14 days.

Any suggestions?

TheBiGZ 12-14-2012 12:28 PM

Amylase is for starch conversion and used in the mash. Why would you put that in the secondary?

Brulosopher 12-14-2012 12:31 PM

That recipe looks good, and WAY tastier than a Busch lite. What the hell?! Try this:

Make the beer you showed us. When it's done, pour 4 oz into a pint glass then top it off with 12 oz of seltzer water. That ought to get you close ;)

I'm certainly not one to bash BMC- I enjoy the occasional Bud Light. But the reality is that it's simply cheaper to buy a 30 pack than to try to clone it.

Brulosopher 12-14-2012 12:32 PM


Originally Posted by TheBiGZ
Amylase is for starch conversion and used in the mash. Why would you put that in the secondary?

It will help break down long chain dextrines, making them fermentable, and this drying out the beer.

kpr121 12-14-2012 12:48 PM

Make sure you mash low, like in the mid to high 140’s.

I’ve been contemplating making a light beer as well. I actually think I may use a similar recipe as yours here. Although I wouldnt call it a Busch Light clone! But hey, whatever gets your wife into drinking homebrew!

That looks like it would be much better than BL.

jetmac 12-14-2012 12:50 PM

But seriously. Try get get a close recipe then add something for some body or flavor and get her started liking craft beer

Hogarthe 12-14-2012 01:00 PM

Midwest supplies This Bud's For You kit makes a good light lager. I made it all grain using White Labs San Fransisco lager yeast fermented at 62 F. I did lager it afterwords, but I would think leaving the bottles in the fridge for a few weeks after they are carbed would do enough for it. A life long Bud drinker told me he liked mine better than any store bought beer.

Varmintman 12-14-2012 01:02 PM

Dont give up on a lite beer. I brew a lite clone that I enjoy and all of my friends who are hard core BL drinkers enjoy. Not to mention it is dang cheap to brew.
6 gallon batch
6 pd 2 row
2 pd instant rice
1 pd instant corn grits
couple hand fulls of rice hulls ( Dang I hate stuck sparges LOL )
one ounce sazz hops for a 60 minute boil
couple pinches of Irish moss last bit of the boil
mash at 150 till all the starches are converted

Because of the adjuncts I do a 90 minute boil. While I do not really care how clear the beer is this one clears up real nice. I used to add a enzyme to the mash but I found a lower mash temp dries the beer out plenty good.

Oh heck I forgot to say the yeast I use. I would use a clean yeast like safeale 05 I think it is if you want a close clone. I use Coopers or notty though in mine and ferment around 64

It never fails to amaze me when people bad mouth the BMC crowd. I am pretty amazed that they can brew a consistent brew over and over. I know I cannot do that and every little thing that would go un noticed in a big malty hoppy beer stands out like a beacon in a lite beer.

bullinachinashop 12-14-2012 01:14 PM

I doubt the recipe would be that complex.
More likely something like...
5# pilsen
3# flaked rice
Bittering hop @ 60 min to about 20 IBU's
Large pitch of lager yeast and perfect temp control.
Also, water adjustments to soften the water. Maybe even RO water built up.

Yuri_Rage 12-14-2012 01:21 PM

Start a new thread if you want to bash BMC/light lagers (or, even better, don't). The OP asked an honest question and provided a reasonable starting point. Either give constructive feedback, or move along without typing a bunch of useless negative remarks.

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