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Old 06-13-2006, 03:44 AM   #1

I was given a "Brewers Best" Kit that was four years old. I decided to give it a shot since it was free.

I never tried this brand or style for that matter....

Last weekend I racked it from the primary to the secondary. It didn't look like a pilsner at all. I was dark like a Sam Adams Boston Lager and tasted like it too.

Is this brew supposed to be like that??
3.3 lbs John Bull Light LME
2 lbs Light DME
12 oz Carapils
60 Minute Boil
1 oz of Perle Hops (55 min)
1 oz of Saaz Hops (5 min)
- Dry Ale Yeast - (Pilsner Misnomer.)

The hops smelled OK, The beer tasted OK - Drinkable, no aweful taste, just not what I expected.

Is this the results of old using old ingredients?

I looked up Continental Lager its a large category - Golden Color, SRM 3-5, Full body, slightly malty. Style examples; Munchner-Helles, German Pilsner, Bohemian & Czech Pilsners

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Old 06-13-2006, 03:55 AM   #2
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LME gets dark the longer it sits. sitting around for 4 years probably made it VERY dark...

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Old 06-13-2006, 01:52 PM   #3
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After three or six years, LME is best used for stouts. But, as long as the can isn't bulging, it will make beer.
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Old 06-14-2006, 02:30 AM   #4
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Old LME probably explains the colour, and the ale yeast probably explains the departure from a true pilsner flavour. Pilsners are essentially lagers.
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