First legitimate AG and Lager…(Thanks Barley Crusher)

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Mar 12, 2007
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Dav. IA
Thanks to my new Barley Crusher and the careful reading of many posts on HBT, I successfully brewed a Pilsner over the weekend that ended up at 75% efficiency (per BeerSmith pre-boil gravity). I have brewed three previous AG’s that turned into PM’s due to efficiencies as low as 50%. I did as previous posts recommended and did not adjust the factory setting which looks to be about .04”, but I will verify with feeler gauges when I get them. The difference visually in the crush was unmistakable when comparing to my LHBS and from Midwest’s crush. Anyway, she is comfortably tucked away in the Lagerater right now, and chugging away. Can’t wait to go at it again to see if I can repeat what I will call a successful Brew session.

Northern Brewers Pilsner Kit
Batch Size: 5.00 gal
Boil Size: 6.50 gal
Estimated OG: 1.053 SG
Estimated Color: 3.6 SRM
Estimated IBU: 36.1 IBU
Brewhouse Efficiency: 75.00 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Amount Item
9.50 lb Durst Pilsner (1.6 SRM)
0.25 lb Carahell (11.0 SRM)
0.75 oz Galena [13.10 %] (60 min)
1.00 oz Saaz [2.30 %] (5 min) (Aroma Hop-Steep) -
0.50 tsp Irish Moss (Boil 10.0 min)
1.00 tbsp PH 5.2 Stabilizer (Mash 60.0 min)
1 Pkgs Czech Pilsner Lager (Wyeast Labs #2278)(2qt starter)

Mash Schedule: Single Infusion, Medium Body, Batch Sparge
Total Grain Weight: 9.75 lb

Strike Water Temp: 168.0 F (3 gal)
Mash Temp: 154 F for 60min

Sparge Water: 4.87 gal (split in two sparges)
Sparge water Temp: 168.0 F

I also got 75% having left my BC at the factory settings. I might tighten them up a little, but probably not much.

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