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Without a lagering fridge.
Easy Lager with No Fermentation ChamberHere is a recipe for you all. A simple down to earth lager recipe for those of you who think you can't make a lager because you don't have a lager fridge. This is a simple recipe, it is nearly impossible to screw up. The recipe features California Lager Yeast, this yeast has been hybridized over a hundred years to perfom just fine at low ale temperatures. You'll need to use liquid yeast for this, there is no dry equivalent, Wyeast 2112 or WLP 810, both work fine. You will need multiple packs, or you will need a starter. My calculator on brewtoad says you'll need 285 to 290 billion cells to ferment this cleanly, and maximize attenuation. No worries. Just make a starter...
You can make a starter if you have a 1 gallon fermenter. You do not have to have a stir plate or an Erlenmeyer Flask. All you need is a pot, some DME, your yeast, a 1 gallon jug, and an air lock... So how do you do this? It's easy... and it happens to be step one of making this beer.
|A 1 Gallon fermenter is all you need to make big, baddahz|
Yeast Starters. You don't even need a stir plate.
This is an all grain recipe. If you want a partial mash version of it... I'll happily post a link. If you want an extract version... well... It doesn't work so well. Pilsen liquid extract is kinda dark. It just doesn't look right when you brew it extract. Pilsner DME might work, but I haven't tried it...
Counterbrew Champagne Lager
FG 1.013 (with care early in fermentation you can get this down to 1.008, and that is low enough)
BJCP Category: 1a
IBUs 12 - 15
SRM 1 - 2
ABV 3.77% to 4.3% depending upon how low you can push the FG.
6.5 # of pilsner malt
.5 # of carapils
.5 # of corn sugar (dextrose) late boil
Mash at 148-150 for 60 minutes. I use 3.5-4 gallons of strike water, and then I rinse to volume.
I adjust the water with 5.2 stabilizer. Sometimes acid mix, often gypsum.
.6 ounces of hallertauer at 60 mnutes
.4 ounces of hallertauer at 15 minutes.
.5 ounces of hallertauer dry hop 4 days.
Wyeast 2112 California lager - make a starter as described above or 3 smack packs
1 tsp of Irish Moss Late in the boil
1 tsp of Yeast Nutrient Late in the boil
1 tsp of Fermaid K yeast Nutrient, when High Krausen is subsiding.
Maybe 1 tsp of amylase enzyme if the fermaid K doesn't drop the lager to under 1.010.
You have to aerate a lager. I use an aquarium pump. I will aerate this for 25 to 30 minutes.
Ferment in the low 60s Fahrenheit, (Ill make 3-4 batches in the winter and ferment in my basement). When the Krausen starts to fall, I will add the Fermaid K and give the fermenter a swirl, with out aerating.
After another week Ill check the gravity, if it hasn't fallen enough, I'll add amylase enzyme.
This beer will be brewed soon. We will follow the beer through the process with reports and photos of the process and the progress. We will show you that by being aware of your environment and by using time tested common sense approaches and techniques... you too can brew a great light american lager.