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Old 01-30-2011, 10:27 PM   #1
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Default Extract - German Pilsner Ale

Recipe Type: Extract
Yeast: Wyeast Kolsch
Batch Size (Gallons): 5
Original Gravity: 1.047
Final Gravity: 1.009
IBU: 42
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Color: 4.5
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 7 days @ 65
Secondary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 14 days or more
Tasting Notes: The next best thing to a lager. 4.9% ABV

Ingredients:
6.0 lb Liquid Light Extract
1.0 lb Carapils® Briess
1.0 oz Tettnanger (4.5%) - added during boil, boiled 60 min
1.0 oz Hallertau (4.5%) - added during boil, boiled 60 min
.5 oz Tettnanger (4.5%) - added during boil, boiled 15.0 min
.5 oz Hallertau (4.5%) - added during boil, boiled 15.0 min
.5 oz Tettnanger (4.5%) - added during boil, boiled 0.0 min
.5 oz Hallertau (4.5%) - added during boil, boiled 0.0 min
1.0 ea Wyeast Kolsch or Fermentis Safale US-05

I add the aroma hops directly to the wort so that they continue to provide flavor and aroma throughout. They will eventually settle out with the yeast and proteins so I don't filter them out either.

I do 3 gallon boils since I don't have a wort chiller yet and do my boils on the stove.

I don't have the equipment to do a true lager so I developed this easy recipe to make my favorite session beer. A light ale that would be a true Pilsner if not for the yeast.

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Old 02-01-2011, 11:38 PM   #2
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How does that gravity to IBU ratio work out for this? I'm putting together a german pale ale recipe, something to showcase german hops. Do you still get good flavor and aroma from the hops? Think i'm going to try dryhopping with some hallertau or tettnanger too.

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Old 02-02-2011, 12:11 AM   #3
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The IBU to gravity ratio comes out "extra hoppy" according to ...
http://www.brewsupplies.com/_borders/hopsgraph.jpg

According to the BJCP style guidelines it is within range.

I get very good hop aroma and flavor even without dry hopping.

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Sounds like a pretty good light german beer. Do you steep the Briess Carapils for 30 minutes or mini mash it? Also, if using the Kolsch yeast could I lager it since I have a lagering setup? Just curious.

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Sounds like a pretty good light german beer. Do you steep the Briess Carapils for 30 minutes or mini mash it? Also, if using the Kolsch yeast could I lager it since I have a lagering setup? Just curious.
I steep the carapils for 15 minutes. I don't know about lagering with kolsch yeast, if I had the patience and the fridge for lagering I would use a bavarian lager yeast.
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While I was waiting for your reply I did some research and there seems to be disagreement amoungst brewers if you can steep that grain, lol. I would say about 50% say you can and the other 50% say you can't. Obviously you do and it works great so that answers that question.

However, I did put some thought into it, and you could just use 8oz of Malto Dextrin in the boil instead of those grains to achieve the same effexct and save some time!

http://www.northernbrewer.com/brewin...trin-8-oz.html

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Actually I just noticed Northern Brewer has the Carapil Briess under their Caramel & Crystal Malts section so it has to be a steeping grain.

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Old 04-24-2011, 03:58 PM   #9
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Isnt light extract a pale malt and not pilsner malt?, wouldnt this just be a light ale? From what i understand extra light is a pilsner malt.

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I made this recipe but the guy at my LHBS didn't have LME so I used 5lbs of DME (.2 more than I should have I guess).

AWESOME. This is a great, easy, drinkable beer. Thanks a lot! Wife approves as well

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