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Old 03-14-2009, 03:21 PM   #1
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Default All-Grain - Something Like "Stella"

Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: w34/70
Yeast Starter: optional
Additional Yeast or Yeast Starter: pitch 2 packs or make starter
Batch Size (Gallons): 5
Original Gravity: 1.068
Final Gravity: 1.10
IBU: 25
Boiling Time (Minutes): 69
Color: 2
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 12 @ 52F
Additional Fermentation: Lager near 35F for 4-6 weeks
Secondary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 7 @ 52F
Tasting Notes: Like a stronger version of Stella Artois

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:

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

Mashed at 147F for 90 minutes

Hops:
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.

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Old 04-07-2009, 02:41 PM   #2
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Have to make this again this weekend, the keg is almost empty.

It sure went fast.

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Old 05-22-2009, 08:15 AM   #3
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Just found this recipe, I have been looking for something like Stella. Does this have that slight sweet taste Stella has?
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This recipe intrigued me too. Got a batch lagering right now with a couple weeks to go. Looking forward to trying it...

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

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thats a fine looking beer

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

Gila????

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

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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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