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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

American Premium Pilsner

Beer Style: Lager,Pilsner

Recipe Type:  all-grain

For anyone wishing to reproduce "American Premium-style" pilsner beer -- here is my all-grain offering for 5 gallons. This makes a remarkable beer with an incredible Cascade nose and an edge-of-the-tongue bitterness perception -- This is one to convince the 'non-homebrewing' friend that you really know what you are doing!
I hope that some ambitious person with a spare fridge can use this recipe -- it is 100% my own formulation -- if anyone finds something to adjust here, please let me know and I'll give it a try!

6 lbs Lager malt (I use 2-row, but 6-row is appropriate for the amount of adjuncts)
1 lb Mild ale malt
1 lb Rice
1/2 lb Flaked barley
1/2 lb Flaked maize
4 oz Malto-dextrin powder
3/4 oz Saaz (4.2%AA for 90min)
1/4 oz Saaz (4.2%AA for 30min)
1 oz Cascade (4.9%AA for 2min)
1 oz Cascade (4.9%AA for dry-hopping)
Nottingham Ale yeast (dry -- I know, I NEVER use dry yeast...) or Wyeast #2112 California Lager (optional) Club Gifts-234x60 banner

Boil rice for 30 minutes and add grains and water for mash --
First rest at 94F for 30 minutes to help breakdown the adjuncts --
Raise temp to 122F for 30 minutes for protein degradation --
Raise temp to 140F for 15 minutes for better head retention and clarity --
Raise temp to 153F for 45 minutes for starch conversion --
Raise temp to 158F for 20 minutes for complete conversion --
Mashout at 168F for 10 minutes -- Sparge w/168F water at < 6 pH -- Add 1/4 oz Saaz -- boil 30 min -- Add 1 oz Cascade -- boil 2 min -- Force chill (if possible) -- rack to primary and aerate -- Rehydrate Nottingham yeast and pitch at 65F -- Ferment for 4-7 days or until no noticeable airlock activity -- Rack to secondary -- Drop temp to 55F -- Pitch Wyeast #2112 starter (>=400ml) at 55F --
Drop temp to 34-40F for 4-6 weeks (or until you decide to bottle) --

72 hours before bottling:
Add 1 oz Cascade directly to secondary --
48 hours before bottling:
Add your favorite clarifier (if necessary), gelatine, polyclar, etc --
24 hours before bottling:
Raise temp to 60F:

Bottle and let sit at 60F for 1 week, then drop temp back down for either extended lagering (34-45F) or for drinking (48-55) --Boil wort and add 3/4 oz Saaz -- boil 60 min –

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