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New Brewer Pilsner Recipe

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This is my first solo batch after assisting my brother with a few Brew in a Bag and All Grain recipes.

I got an 8Lx as a gift, and while I know the recommendation is to follow the Mr. Beer recipe to a T, I want to brew something that I'll enjoy. That being said, my plan is as follows: (All ingredients from Mr. Beer.)

1 Can Grand Bohemian Czech Pilsner HME

1 Smooth LME Softpack

1 oz US Saaz Hops

1 pack Safale S-04

Boil 4 cups water, mix in LME, and return to boil for 30 minutes.

Add .25oz Saaz @ 20 minutes

Add .25oz Saaz @ Flameout

Mix in HME and steep for 10 minutes before placing brew pot in ice bath.

Follow Mr. Beer directions for adding water to fill fermenter to appropriate level.

Once cooled to 65° pitch yeast.

Dry hop with .5oz Saaz after 14 days in fermenter, for 7 days.

Carbo drops for bottle conditioning (3 weeks).

Please let me know if you have any recommendations or questions.


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you have already received the best advice because...If it turns out you don't like this. How will you know if it is the recipe or the HME? 


That being said: I'd only boil 20 min., no point to a 30 min. boil. Also I'd throw the pack of yeast (that comes with the HME) into the boil the last 5 min., to act as food for the 04.

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No reason to cool in an ice bath. 4 cups cools perfectly with the gallon of cold water in the LBK plus top off water.

Second, agree with Jim. People who start going mad scientist quit the hobby at a high rate.

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NothingRhymesWithCurtiss, on 09 Jan 2015 - 09:05 AM, said:

 I'm just not a fan of pilsners.

I didn't even like them in Germany

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