First Lager

Discussion in 'Homebrewing' started by JUNCK, Feb 20, 2013.

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  1. JUNCK

    JUNCK Initiate (0) Jan 7, 2011 Washington

    Looking for ideas/recipes for a lager. The temp in my garage is perfect and it's time to try. Any ideas?
     
  2. premierpro

    premierpro Disciple (380) Mar 21, 2009 Michigan
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    What style do you want to brew? How big is your system? Extract or all grain?
     
  3. VikeMan

    VikeMan Meyvn (1,471) Jul 12, 2009 Pennsylvania
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    What kind of lagers do you like to drink?
     
  4. JUNCK

    JUNCK Initiate (0) Jan 7, 2011 Washington

    I don't know what style I want to brew. I mostly drink ales. Too be honest I have been drinking beer for 20+ years and can't remember I lager I liked more than a pale ale but I would like to change that. My system can handle 5 - 10 gallon batches. All grain.
     
  5. JUNCK

    JUNCK Initiate (0) Jan 7, 2011 Washington

    There is a lager from Maritime Pacific Brewing Company called Old Seattle I like. I think it's a Munich Helles Lager but that doesn't mean that is what I have to brew.
     
  6. premierpro

    premierpro Disciple (380) Mar 21, 2009 Michigan
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    5 gallon batch
    10lbs wyermann pils malt
    4oz melenoiden malt
    Mash at 152 for an hour
    boil for 90 min.
    1-2 oz Hallertau, tett, saaz,or spalt for 60 min
    1oz @ 15 min'
    1oz@ 5 min
    WLP830 or WLP800
    Good luck!
     
  7. sarcastro

    sarcastro Disciple (331) Sep 20, 2006 Michigan
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    I think Munich Dunkels are good lagers to start with.
     
  8. JUNCK

    JUNCK Initiate (0) Jan 7, 2011 Washington

    What should my OG be? Do I sparge?
     
  9. premierpro

    premierpro Disciple (380) Mar 21, 2009 Michigan
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    I pluged this recipe into Beer Tools based on using 2oz Hallertau @ 4.5%
    OG 1.052
    FG 1.015
    Color 5.15
    Bitterness 46.6
    4.8% abv
    I fly sparge.
    Good luck!
     
  10. premierpro

    premierpro Disciple (380) Mar 21, 2009 Michigan
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    I agree. I look at this site at work and do not have my recipe book here. I have two kegs of Munich Dunkel lagering right now. One of witch I will be bringing to the Michigan Home Brew Festival. Hope to see you there.
     
  11. joshodonn

    joshodonn Initiate (108) Jan 21, 2011 Florida

    Look at this recipe...

    http://wiki.americanhomebrewers.org/RocktoberfestAllGrain

    I have made this a few times and it's always a huge hit, I can't keep the kegs around long enough. I wish I could make 10 gallons at a time but I don't have enough space in my fermentation chamber for 2 carboys. It's pretty easy to make, in fact I make it as a S.M.A.S.H, I just use the Hallertau Hersbrucker for all my hop additions.
     
  12. premierpro

    premierpro Disciple (380) Mar 21, 2009 Michigan
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    The IBU's in your recipe I calculate to 33.4. I am not saying that this would not taste good just not what your recipe posts.
     
  13. joshodonn

    joshodonn Initiate (108) Jan 21, 2011 Florida

    I have no idea how they calculated the IBUs in that recipe, I'm not the person who created/posted the recipe, I just found it online and have brewed it several times following their protocol.
     
  14. MLucky

    MLucky Initiate (0) Jul 31, 2010 California

    Sorry, but I have to ask: if you've never had a lager you liked, why would you brew one? They're actually kind of a pain in the ass compared to ales: much larger starters, more finicky yeasts, they tie up your equipment for a much longer period of time, and if you make any kind of mistake, it'll usually stand out like a sore thumb. I happen to like a lot of german lager styles, so I brew them fairly regularly, but I sure wouldn't bother if I didn't like them!

    But to answer your question: try something like Jamil's Czech pils recipe in Brewing Classic styles, if you just want to do one. You can brew it with DME and RO water, and it's a great beer to have around for friends who think they don't like craft beer.
     
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  15. JUNCK

    JUNCK Initiate (0) Jan 7, 2011 Washington

    Holy S! 4 packets of yeast. Guess I won't be making this in the next week. I have more ideas now than I did when I posted - hince the reason I love this site. Thanks a lot!
     
  16. JUNCK

    JUNCK Initiate (0) Jan 7, 2011 Washington

    Just because I haven't had a lager I like more than a Pale doesn't mean there isn't a lager out there I love perhaps more than a Pale. That's why I brew, that is why I post here and that is why I would like to brew one. The challenge is another reason, thanks I didn't think of that when I initially posted this thread.

    About my question: Thanks! I hope to have this around for friends that don't like lagers but because of your suggestion, now they do. - See what I did there? ;)

    - I think your avatar is golf clapping for me..
     
  17. joshodonn

    joshodonn Initiate (108) Jan 21, 2011 Florida

    I just use one and make a big ass starter....
     
  18. JUNCK

    JUNCK Initiate (0) Jan 7, 2011 Washington

    I bought a chest freezer and have stepped up a starter 3 times now. Going to brew this tomorrow or Friday. I am excited.

    One question: Do you do the step when you run off a gallon from the mash and boil/caramelize it for 15 min? Never heard of this before I thought carmelization (sp?) was a bad thing.
     
  19. VikeMan

    VikeMan Meyvn (1,471) Jul 12, 2009 Pennsylvania
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    That sounds like what's known as a Thin Decoction, which is a fairly uncommon type of decoction. Actually, decoctions aren't all that common at all anymore, and the benefits or lack thereof are sometimes debated. I don't decoct any of my lagers.
     
  20. JUNCK

    JUNCK Initiate (0) Jan 7, 2011 Washington

    I guess since I have nothing to compare it to, I'll skip that step unless joshadonn has done it and thinks it benefits this particular recipe?
     
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