Suggestions on first lager - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Recipes/Ingredients > Suggestions on first lager

Thread Tools
Old 01-12-2007, 03:38 AM   #1
Beer Weevel
Sep 2006
Dinuba, CA
Posts: 246
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

I'm and A/G'er and I've never lagered a beer before. Does anyone have a especially good lager that I could make for my first lager?

Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2007, 05:24 AM   #2
azmtnbiker's Avatar
Dec 2004
Posts: 108

I am no expert at lagers, as I have only made 2 that I have tasted and another one is in the lagering phase as we speak.
My first 2 were ofest type beers and turned out pretty good. The Helles is a wait and see brew.
I would suggest a bock or ofest type beer. You will not have to worry about the water chemistry too much. It depends on what yeast you choose too. I have heard wyeast 2308 requires a d-rest so I am doing one for my helles but I used wlp830 for the other two and did not use a d-rest. I kept them in primary for 3-4weeks then lagered for 2 months. I did not detect any diactyl but maybe I am one that cannot detect it.
Lagers take patients which I am usually lacking unless I have a large amount of homebrew on tap.

Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2007, 12:42 PM   #3
Nov 2005
I'm gone!
Posts: 666
Liked 5 Times on 5 Posts

'Lager' is a very broad family of beers as varied as ales. What commercial brands do you prefer?

Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2007, 01:35 PM   #4
Feb 2006
Posts: 901
Liked 10 Times on 6 Posts

Vienna Lager!!!

My first lager was a Vienna Lager. Fairly simple grain bill, moderate OG, great flavor. Here is the recipe I used. It is so good that I am brewing it again right now.

Vienna Lager II

9 lbs. Briess Pilsen Malt
lb. Munich Malt
lb. Cara-Pils
lb. Crystal (20)
lb. Crystal (40)
lb. Crystal (120)
4 oz. Cara-Vienne

1 oz. Hallertauer (4.2%) (60)
oz. Tettnanger (4.0%) (30)
1 oz. Saaz (3.3%) (15)

Single Step Infusion Mash @ 150 degrees

Saflager S-23 (German Lager Yeast)

OG 1.054

Reply With Quote
Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
My first lager is stuck...any suggestions? Q2XL General Beer Discussion 3 10-29-2009 04:28 AM
Attempting first lager Any tricks or suggestions? mensplace All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 8 02-09-2009 10:42 PM
First Lager...Any Suggestions? Ewalk02 Recipes/Ingredients 4 02-05-2009 06:00 PM
bourbon lager recipe, any suggestions? bbrim Recipes/Ingredients 5 12-08-2008 03:09 PM
Suggestions for an american lager BPD Extract Brewing 9 09-24-2008 12:16 PM

Forum Jump