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Mutilated1 03-14-2009 02:21 PM

Something Like "Stella"
When I made this recipe, my idea was to split the difference between a lager like Chezchvar or Stella Artois and an American style Lager like Budweiser and come up with a hybrid - something somewhere in between. Well as it turns out, this beer is a lot closer to Stella Artois than to an American Lager. In fact the taste resemblance to Stella Artois is uncanny - hence the name.

Anyway, other than the fact that this beer is quite a bit stronger than Stella, with regards to flavor and aroma its pretty close.

I imagine you'd get even closer if you left off the 2# of Rice Flakes in the recipe. Next time I make it I will likely omit the Rice. I don't think you really need it, I just put it in there because I was trying to go big without adding a lot of body - the rice adds a bit more alcohol which makes it quite a bit stronger but it stops me at the third glass. If you want something closer to Stella thats still a guzzler omit the rice.

Here's the ingredients:

4.5 # Weyerman Pilsner 37PPG, 2L
4.5 # American 2 Row Lager 38PPG, 2L
2 # Flaked Rice ( optional )

Mashed at 147F for 90 minutes

1 oz Sterling Leaf 6.7% AA @ 60 minutes
1/2 oz Liberty Pellets @ 30 minutes
1/2 oz Liberty Pellets @ 10 minutes

Very simple recipe, very easy to make, very nice results.

Mutilated1 04-07-2009 01:41 PM

Have to make this again this weekend, the keg is almost empty.

It sure went fast.

maui808 05-22-2009 07:15 AM

Just found this recipe, I have been looking for something like Stella. Does this have that slight sweet taste Stella has?

jkarp 05-22-2009 11:51 AM

This recipe intrigued me too. Got a batch lagering right now with a couple weeks to go. Looking forward to trying it...

Mutilated1 05-22-2009 06:56 PM


Originally Posted by maui808 (Post 1339598)
Just found this recipe, I have been looking for something like Stella. Does this have that slight sweet taste Stella has?

Yes it does, its actually a bit sweeter than stella though.

Last time I made it I went with 3.5# each on the Pils and 2 row and went ahead and kept the 2#s flaked rice because I'm still kind of trying to hit that sweet spot between Stella and Budweiser and I think to get that it needs to be a little "smaller", don't know how thats going to work out yet though -- probably will be drinking it by the second week of June.

But the original recipe is very tastey and its remarkable how close it tastes to stella artois on draft.

jkarp 08-15-2009 01:10 PM

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Here's a pic of my brewing of this recipe. It took a couple extra months of aging to really mature into Stella-style flavor. I agree it is a bit sweeter, but I do think some rice is needed. I'd go with 1 lb next time I brewed it.

Beer is crystal clear and very pretty, but condensation on the glass is hiding it a bit here:

Mutilated1 08-17-2009 06:48 PM

thats a fine looking beer

Eastside Brewer 08-17-2009 06:54 PM

Gilaminum might chime in, he brewed a beer that was real close to Stella.



skiya-n-mt 10-20-2009 07:56 PM

when exactly do you 'additional fermentation'? after secondary or before?

Mutilated1 10-22-2009 08:21 PM

sorry I should have made that clearer -- for this recipe the "additional fermentation" is just a lagering period - its actually not fermentation at all

sorry for the confusion

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