experimental black lager

a couple weeks ago, JW of san pedro brew co. fame and his dad swung by, along with ML, to conduct an experiment.

  • inspired by full sail’s session black lager, JW was looking to try out a new recipe, but wanted a brew a small batch to minimize risk.  it was a perfect scenario for the new brew setup, which was designed specifically for one-off, experimental batches!
  • the following 10 gal. recipe for the black lager was based on JW’s award winning standard lager, with a dark element:
    • 19.50 lb Pilsner (2 Row) Bel (2.0 SRM) Grain 93.98 %
      1.25 lb Carafa I (337.0 SRM) Grain 6.02 %
      1.00 oz Tradition [6.00 %] (90 min) Hops 11.4 IBU
      0.50 oz Hallertauer Hersbrucker [4.00 %] (30 min) Hops 2.7 IBU
      1.00 oz Saaz [4.00 %] (15 min) Hops 3.5 IBU
  • while we were brewing, a magnum of JW’s barleywine was cracked.  it had a great backing bitterness and was dry without getting boozy.  it was a great example of the style and I am looking forward to seeing it on draft in the next month or so.
  • the brew day went well, and at the end we had 10 gallons of 1.049 wort, ready to hit the fermenters.  I split the batch – half with a saflager starter @50F, and half with a white labs english ale yeast starter at ~72F.
  • the ale finished at 1.01 (4.91% abv), while the lager finished at 1.014 (4.5% abv).  based on the small sample I took while kegging these, I think they will be worth the risk…

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One Response to “experimental black lager”

  1. rajat Says:

    that looks like a cool project. next time i’m out i’d like to taste some of your beverages, buddy. hopefully i don’t have to pay with mouthfeel.

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