All Grain Yeast:
Safale US-05 Yeast Starter:
no Additional Yeast or Yeast Starter:
none Batch Size (Gallons):
5.5 Original Gravity:
1.032 Final Gravity:
14.3 Boiling Time (Minutes):
2.7 Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp):
2 weeks @65 degrees Secondary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp):
2 weeks @ 65 degrees Tasting Notes:
light, crisp, very clear, maybe drinkability *is* a word . . .
This is as light a beer as I can make and still enjoy it. The key is to use good quality pilsner malt and hops and make sure your process is good, so that no off-flavors sneak in because there isn't much here to cover them up.
"Drinkability" is the latest marketing phrase for Bud Light and it makes me chuckle, because the way Bud uses it is as a synonym for "devoid of flavor" and because its not really a word. Its like Coors' marketing campaign "Taste the Cold". Cold isn't a flavor, you can't taste it.
Brewing a light beer is difficult though, commercially and especially for those of us who make handmade beers - because it is so light, with modest malt and hops, if there is a deficiency in the beer, its immediately apparent - there is nothing to cover it up.
This beer is appreciated and drank by folks who enjoy BMC beers, as well as craft beer drinkers who can appreciate a well-made light beer that is more flavorful than mass produced american lagers. You'll note that this recipe, unlike many light hybrids, does not include corn - I've tried it both ways, and I prefer without. This beer is now a part of my regular rotation.
Ingredients (the malt and hops are organic)
6.5 lbs. Pilsner Malt
1 lbs. Rice
0.5 lbs. Beet Sugar
0.25 oz.Hallertauer Hops (7.4% AA) 60 mins
0.5 oz Hallertauer Hops (7.4% AA) 20 mins
0.5 oz Spalter Hops (5.2% AA) 5 mins
Fermintis US-05 Yeast
Batch Size: 6 gallons
Original Gravity: 1.032
Final Gravity: 1.000
Alcohol by Vol: 4.2%
Bitterness: 14.3 IBU
Calories: 134 calories/pint
Color: 2.7 SRM
Mashed at 149 degrees, single infusion, batch sparge
Edit: later in this thread, someone asked for an extract version, which is here http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f62/drinkability-isnt-word-154954/index4.html#post1862564