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Brewing an American Light Lager
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Q: I want to brew a lightish American-style lager. Can you give me some ideas?
A: I noticed this question is asked at least once a week. I made this once and it came very close to a commercial lager.

All-Grain (edited from a ProMash Recipe Report)
Category: 01-A American Lager, Light/Standard/Premium

Recipe Specifics:
-- Batch Size (Gal): 5.00 Wort Size (Gal): 5.00
-- Total Grain (Lbs): 6.50
-- Anticipated OG: 1.037; Plato: 9.25
-- Anticipated SRM: 1.6
-- Anticipated IBU: 9.7
-- Brewhouse Efficiency: 75%
-- Wort Boil Time: 90 Minutes

Grain/Extract/Sugar
% -- Amount -- Name -- Origin -- Potential -- SRM
69.2 -- 4.50 lbs. -- Lager Malt (6-row) -- Canada -- 1.031 -- 1
30.8 -- 2.00 lbs. -- Rice Solids -- Generic -- 1.040 -- 0
Note: Potential represented as SG per pound per gallon.

Hops
Amount -- Name -- Form -- Alpha -- IBU -- Boil Time
0.20 oz. -- Perle -- Whole -- 8.25 -- 7.4 -- 60 min.
0.25 oz. -- Liberty -- Whole -- 4.00 -- 2.3 -- 30 min.

Yeast
WYeast 2035 American Lager or White Labs WLP840 American Lager yeast

This would net you around 4.5% alcohol with that yeast, right on target with Bud Light, and 30% rice this beer will make it dry. Mash around 148°, ferment at 50°F and cold condition below 36° for around 2 weeks. Then drop temp to about 28° to 30°, if possible, to help with the chill haze and clear the beer really good.

Q: But, I’m still an extract brewer. Is there any way I can make this beer?
A: While I’ve never done it, you can try this. Remember that with extract, however, the beer will most likely end up darker than what your swill-drinking friends are used to. Do a full-wort boil if at all possible to keep any darkening to a minimum.

Extract (edited from a ProMash Recipe Report)

Recipe Specifics:
-- Batch Size (Gal): 5.50; Wort Size (Gal): 5.50
-- Total Grain (Lbs): 6.00
-- Anticipated OG: 1.039; Plato: 9.86
-- Anticipated SRM: 2.0
-- Anticipated IBU: 9.9
-- Brewhouse Efficiency: 75%
-- Wort Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Grain/Extract/Sugar
% -- Amount -- Name -- Origin -- Potential -- SRM
50.0 -- 3.00 lbs. -- Alexander pale LME -- America -- 1.020 -- 2
33.3 -- 2.00 lbs. -- Rice Syrup -- Generic -- 1.015 -- 0
16.7 -- 1.00 lbs. -- Pale Malt (6-row) -- America -- 1.005 -- 2
Note: Extract represented as SG.

Hops
Amount -- Name -- Form -- Alpha -- IBU -- Boil Time
0.20 oz. -- Perle -- Pellet -- 8.25 -- 6.8 -- 60 min.
0.25 oz. -- Liberty -- Pellet -- 4.00 -- 3.1 -- 30 min.

Yeast
WYeast 2035 American Lager or White Labs WLP840 American Lager yeast

Mash the 6-row malt in 1.5 quarts of 150F water for 45 minutes. Pour into strainer, catching the liquid in a container. Slowly pour the liquid on top of the grains, catching the runnings into your brewpot. Rinse the grains by slowing pouring about 3 quarts of 170F water over them, letting the runnings drip into the brewpot. Do not squeeze the grains, but let them drip. Once the dripping has slowed, remove the strainer, and proceed as you normally would for an extract brew.

Good luck, trying to clone commercial beers can be tough.
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