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Old 03-11-2008, 02:28 PM   #1
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Default West Coast Pilsner

My intention was to brew up something that my SWMBO and BMC drinking friends would enjoy. I wanted a light lager with a some actual flavor, and I wanted to use Cascade hops to set it apart from the standard Pils (hence the West Coast name). So far it's been a big hit. The SWMBO liked it (and even drank a couple!). All of my BMC buddies have liked it and even one is ready to give homebrewing a try after drinking this one. Definitely a very quaffable session brew but with enough flavor and hop character to actually be enjoyed. This batch was extract, but I plan to do an all grain version next.



5 gal Extract batch:
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1lb - 40L Carmel Malt (Steep for 20 min @ 150)
3 lb - Briess Pilsen DME
1lb - Honey

.33 oz Cascade (60min)
.33 oz Cascade (20min)
.33 oz Cascade (flameout)

Wyeast 2112 California Lager yeast (58-68)

prime with 5oz. corn sugar.

Starting Gravity - 1.036
Final Gravity - 1.008
ABV - 3.8
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I initially had the primary in my basement, but at 55 fermentation was very slow. I brought it upstairs to 65. Fermentation fired right up and was active for 12 days. racked to secondary after 14 days (1.010). Secondary was brought back down to basement at 55 for another 14 days (1.008). Prime with corn sugar and bottle carb at 65 for 2 weeks.

Sample at bottling was crystal clear, but now I have a little chill haze out of the bottle. I'll try a little gelatin in the secondary next time to battle that. Head retention is on the low side, but not out of the ordinary for a low gravity beer. I'll use a little Carapils in my all grain version to help this out. Even though the total IBU's (9) are low it is still well balanced with the low gravity and I have no plans on upping the IBU next time. I may however try a different hop for bittering next time, and just use the cascade for flavor and finish.


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