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Australian Lager ALL GRAIN

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6 years 5 months ago - 2 years 3 months ago #714 by
Lagers are the most popular beer in Australia, mainstream brewery wise. Here is a simple Australian style lager. One you might brew as a lawnmower ale, a special occasion for guests or for a first lager attempt. Believe it or not the dextrose really helps with the style, I would say it needs it.

4.5 kg (10 lb) 2-row/Pale Malt
500g (1.1 lb) Dextrose (60 mins)
20g (0.7 oz) Pride of Ringwood Hops (60 mins)
Lager Yeast

Mash @ 65c (149F) for 60 mins
Boil for 65 mins adding the Dextrose and Hops after 5 mins.
Irish moss can be added 5 mins before the end.
When wort has cooled to around 19c (66F) yeast can be pitched.
Ferment at 15c (59F) for 10 days then raise temp a couple of degrees for a couple more days until complete
Keg or bottle then lager for at least 14 days at 1c-3c (33F-37F)

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Last edit: 2 years 3 months ago by Gash.

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6 years 5 months ago #715 by crank
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Can you please tell me the difference between an Ale and a Lager.

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6 years 5 months ago #716 by
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Ale - Mainly made in the UK and Ireland. Flavours come from well modified and biscuity flavoured malts which are sometimes highly coloured, sometimes very bitter and uses a top fermenting yeast. Ales come in various forms bitters, pales and mild beers.

Lager - Biggest proportion of beer sold. Has a delicate flavour which comes from relatively under-modified and lightly kilned malt, has a relatively low bitterness, uses a bottom fermenting yeast and a cold maturation.

Basically its a different yeast and lagers should be 'lagered' which is stored at a low temperature for a period of time after fermentation.

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6 years 5 months ago #717 by Dullahan Brewing
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Ya but Gash am i correct in thinking that if bottling particularily that lagers take like six months to come right? I have a coopers european lager bottled and after a month it still smells slightly of sulphites.

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6 years 5 months ago #718 by
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I think that making a truely clean lager is very hard using the extract cans, in fact I don't even try anymore , maybe that's just my lack of patience. The temperatures are very very important brew low and store low, same as the recipe above, use a lager yeast and brew 2 around 12c-15c , then after bottling store cold for a few weeks. They can then be removed from the fridge if need be, but don't let them ever get too warm, they would benefit from staying in there. It's possible your beer will benefit from six months storage but usually after maybe 3 months a light beer like lager isnt going to improve much more unless you over bittered slightly, but there are exceptions to the rules! Just out of interest what did you use for sanitation?

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6 years 5 months ago #719 by Dullahan Brewing
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Sanitation whats that? :ohmy: No but seriously i used Starsan made as per instructions on bottle. I dont think its an infection if thats what you mean? I have only notived the eggy smell while i was bottling from secondary and when i cracked one bottle the other week. It was a donated kit anyway so who knows.

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6 years 5 months ago #720 by
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No, I was wondering if you had used sulphite for sanitation, sometimes if not drained properly can add that taste.

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6 years 5 months ago #721 by crank
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Thank you very much for clearing that up RE:difference between an Ale and a Lager.

I quite often hear English people scoff at Australian beer producers labeling a particular brew a 'Lager'. From the information you have provided I now think the confusion may be more related to an IPA verses larger, what are your thoughts and has anyone else had this discussion/debate at their local?.

Education is a great thing, keep the good work up.

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2 years 4 months ago #2499 by Viviers
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Hi Gash , what is the mash volumes of this recipe? Also the boil and post boil volumes ? Cheers

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2 years 3 months ago #2513 by Gash
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Sorry, I missed this question! Thats depends on your system really, I don't know what you are using. Cheers mate!

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Gash - Wed 16 Oct - 11:50

Yes you will need to, like in the video, real extract not the imitation cheers mate

Navsingh - Sun 13 Oct - 13:06

Hi Gash,i did your Choc Vanilla stout recipe. I added 2 vanilla beans in the boil and nothing later. Tasted it yesterday and it was more coffee flavour than choc and no hint of vanilla. what should i do. should i add 50g on Vanilla ext in the keg?

Finnroo's Avatar Finnroo - Wed 9 Oct - 15:51

Note to self for brew day tomorrow. Plug phone into the power so that one hour doesnt turn into 1.5 hours. :O

Gash - Tue 8 Oct - 07:38

It takes about 10 days with a good yeast pitch, but you can use Kveik yeast and ferment at 35c if possible and have it done in under 7 days. Cheers!

Navsingh - Mon 7 Oct - 01:41

Hi guys, i will be brewing coopers neipa in few days. Can you plz tell me minimum how many days it was fermented. Im under pressure as i have to fill up few kegs for my Birthday party.

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