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Old 05-25-2012, 06:29 AM   #1
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Default All-Grain - Crop Chopper Premium American Lager

Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: S-23
Yeast Starter: Nope
Batch Size (Gallons): 4.5
Original Gravity: 1.051
Final Gravity: 1.007
IBU: 15.66
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Color: 3.9
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 10 days at 51F
Additional Fermentation: 5 day D-rest at room temp
Secondary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 39 days at 39-42F
Tasting Notes: Crisp, clean, sweet, and uber drinkable

MALTS

4 lb 2-row
4 lb 6-row
1 lb flaked corn/maize
1 lb flaked rice

HOPS

1 oz Hallertauer Mittlefrueh

YEAST

S-23

MASH

10 mins at 130 with 12.5 quarts
60 mins at 149 (add boiling water and stir like crazy until you reach 149-it helps to have two people for this mash)
Sparge

FERMENTATION

10 days at 51
5 day D-rest at room temp in primary
Rack to secondary and lager for 4+ weeks
Keg

This beer was brewed for my in-laws in expectation for the long, hot days of chopping corn that are coming later this year. It will be great to fill a couple of growlers and bring it to them for that time of year. This beer embodies everything that I would find refreshing after a hard day of work on the farm and that I know they will enjoy.

I got crazy attenuation with this beer too, it was 86+% attenuation.

When I chilled this beer with the wort chiller, I whirlpooled in the opposite direction and aerated this sucker as much as I could during whirlpool and then again with shaking the snot out of the carboy. I got the beer into the carboy then into the FC. I waited to pitch until the next day so that the wort would be nice and cool. There was not even a hint of diacetyl but I always do a D-rest with my lagers, half out of habit, half out of fear since it has never hurt my lagers. Fear not...no fruitiness with the S-23. Super clean. Its not as soft and supple as the other lager strain I've used (Munich Lager), but excellent for this application.

I hope this works for you too...

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I just finished a brew day putting this recipe together. It was a beautiful brew, but wow the hot break was HUGE. Thanks for posting the recipe.

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Old 03-30-2013, 02:41 AM   #3
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You're welcome! Its a great beer! I'm brewing it up again April 7th.

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Growlers: 1 Gallon of Wild Yeast Culture!
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Keg 2: Bourbon Imperial Stout (right tap)
Keg 3: Air
Keg 4: Air
Bottles: Sauvignon Blanc, Mixed Wine, Syrah, Apple Wine, Triberry Wine

In the Works: IPA

Favorite Recipe #1: Kate the Great Clone
Favorite Recipe #2: Crop Chopper PAL
Favorite Recipe #3: Curieux Clone
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I made something similar, used Wyeast 2007 yeast, but the grain bill was close to yours. came out very nice, easy drinking beer that would be great for after working all day.

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Bubbling along nicely.
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Sweet! It's looking great!

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Carboy 1: Crop Chopper PAL
Carboy 2: Air
Carboy 3: Chianti
Better Bottle: Air
Growlers: 1 Gallon of Wild Yeast Culture!
Keg 1: Kate the Great Clone (left tap)
Keg 2: Bourbon Imperial Stout (right tap)
Keg 3: Air
Keg 4: Air
Bottles: Sauvignon Blanc, Mixed Wine, Syrah, Apple Wine, Triberry Wine

In the Works: IPA

Favorite Recipe #1: Kate the Great Clone
Favorite Recipe #2: Crop Chopper PAL
Favorite Recipe #3: Curieux Clone
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I am now at the end of my 5 day D rest. I was wondering what temperature you start your lagering process at and where you rest. Did I mention this is my first Lager? Any advice is appreciated. Thanks!

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Hi there, I just racked it and dropped the temp to lagering temp. If you can drop it to 34 and keep it there for a month or more that would be my recommendation. Then rack it to a keg and carb it up for a couple of weeks and enjoy. If bottling, sprinkle just like 1/8 of a package of yeast (US-05 or S-23) to the bottling bucket with your priming sugar mixture. Have fun! Oh, and if you bottle it: 3 weeks room temp, 3 weeks serving temp. The longer and the colder (within reason), the better.

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Carboy 2: Air
Carboy 3: Chianti
Better Bottle: Air
Growlers: 1 Gallon of Wild Yeast Culture!
Keg 1: Kate the Great Clone (left tap)
Keg 2: Bourbon Imperial Stout (right tap)
Keg 3: Air
Keg 4: Air
Bottles: Sauvignon Blanc, Mixed Wine, Syrah, Apple Wine, Triberry Wine

In the Works: IPA

Favorite Recipe #1: Kate the Great Clone
Favorite Recipe #2: Crop Chopper PAL
Favorite Recipe #3: Curieux Clone
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Well I never got to make it on April 7, so I'm brewing it today after I get out of work this morning. Sleep for an hour and then brew it up!

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Carboy 3: Chianti
Better Bottle: Air
Growlers: 1 Gallon of Wild Yeast Culture!
Keg 1: Kate the Great Clone (left tap)
Keg 2: Bourbon Imperial Stout (right tap)
Keg 3: Air
Keg 4: Air
Bottles: Sauvignon Blanc, Mixed Wine, Syrah, Apple Wine, Triberry Wine

In the Works: IPA

Favorite Recipe #1: Kate the Great Clone
Favorite Recipe #2: Crop Chopper PAL
Favorite Recipe #3: Curieux Clone
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Chillers goin in in 10 mins!

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Carboy 1: Crop Chopper PAL
Carboy 2: Air
Carboy 3: Chianti
Better Bottle: Air
Growlers: 1 Gallon of Wild Yeast Culture!
Keg 1: Kate the Great Clone (left tap)
Keg 2: Bourbon Imperial Stout (right tap)
Keg 3: Air
Keg 4: Air
Bottles: Sauvignon Blanc, Mixed Wine, Syrah, Apple Wine, Triberry Wine

In the Works: IPA

Favorite Recipe #1: Kate the Great Clone
Favorite Recipe #2: Crop Chopper PAL
Favorite Recipe #3: Curieux Clone
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