The Great BrewHolio Pre-Prohibition American Pils (17 Us gallons)

Source: Scott Abene
Recipe added: 04/25/97

I remember my Grandfather talking about very high hopped pre-prohibition American Lagers that he called American Pilsners. He said that they had between 15% to 30% corn in the recipe. I did some digging around and found some references to this style (The Brewery website and a Brewing Techniques from a couple of years ago). I must say it was one of the clearest worts I have ever produced. It came out very high hopped and sweet. Can't wait for it to be done so I can drink it. Yeast: 2035 American Lager Not a pilsener strain. Bold, complex and woody, producing a slight diacetyl. Reportedly used in New Ulm, MN. Flocculation - medium; apparent attenuation - 73-77%. (48-58F)


Recipe type: All Grain
Batch Size: 17 US Gallons
Starting Gravity: 1.058
Finishing Gravity: 1.008
Time in Boil: 90 minutes
Primary Fermentation: 7 days @ 55f
Secondary Fermentation: 9 days @ 50f
Additional Fermentation: lagered for 30 days @ 34f



I used a step mash for this.. It was: 30 minutes @ 122f 15 minutes @ 134f 15 minutes @ 144f 90 minutes @ 158f 10 minutes @ 166f I also got an 88% extract eff (WOO HOO!!!) I have never achieved that before so you might have to rework the grain bill to get desired OG. I added 2 teaspoons of Irish Moss during the last 20 minutes of the boil also.
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