Schutzen European Strong Lager
A strong lager influenced by the pilsner and bock traditions of Bavaria. Too strong for a pilsner and too pale and hoppy for a bock, this is truly a beer that only a homebrewer could love. This recipe, tripled in size, debuted at an all-grain lager brew lesson.
Style: Continental Lager
For 5 gallons at 1.059 OG, 4.5 SRM, 27 IBUs, 6.0 percent ABV
Follow the Multistep Brew Process profile.
Boil for 60 minutes, adding the hops at specified intervals.
Chill as close as possible to 50°F. Pitch with the yeast and ferment for two weeks at 50°F. Rack to secondary and by drop temperature by 1 degree per day until the beer is resting at 35°F. Lager for an additional 2 weeks and package for service.
Can't lager? Pitch a Kolsch or German Ale strain and ferment cool. The beer will be sweeter and fruitier than the lager version, but just as tasty.
10.00 pounds German Pilsner Malt
0.25 pound German Melanoidin Malt
0.12 pound German Acidulated (Sauer) Malt
1.00 ounce Hallertau Hersbrucker (4.5 percent AA) Pellet for 60 minutes
1.33 ounces Hallertau Hersbrucker (4.5 percent AA) Pellet for 60 minutes
White Labs WLP 800 Pilsner Lager Yeast
Mash In 105°F 30 minutes (Strike at 1.2 quarts / lb — 3.1 gallons)
Saccharification Rest 155°F 75 minutes
Mash Out 165°F 15 minutes