Recipe

Mow the Damn Lawn

(5 gallons/19 L, all-grain)
OG = 1.040 FG = 1.009
IBU = 12 SRM = 2 ABV = 4%

Ingredients
5 lbs. (2.3 kg) 2-row pale malt
2 lbs. (0.9 kg) rice syrup solids
2 AAU Domestic Hallertau hops (60 mins) (0.5 oz./14 g at 3.9% alpha acids)
2 AAU Domestic Hallertau (20 mins) (0.5 oz./14 g at 3.9% alpha acids)
White Labs WLP840 (American Pilsner) yeast

Step by Step
This is a step infusion mash. Target your water profile to be very soft water similar to Pilsen, ~25 ppm HCO3, utilize a larger portion RO or distilled water if your tap water is hard. Mix 7 qts. (6.6 L) strike water with the crushed grain to achieve a starting mash temp of 145 °F (63 °C) and hold for 120 mins. Raise mash temperature to 158 °F (70 °C) and hold for 10 mins. Raise mash temp to mash out at 168 °F (76 °C) and hold for 5 mins. Batch sparge with 170 °F (77 °C) water. Boil for 60 minutes, adding the hops as instructed. Target pitching rate at 2.0 million cells/ milliliter/degrees Plato (~2 L starter). Ferment at 52 °F (11 °C) for 3 weeks. Lager for 6 weeks at 32 °F (0 °C)

Extract option:
For extract, replace the 2-row with 2.5 lbs. (1.13 kg) light dry malt extract or 3 lbs. (1.4 kg) light liquid malt extract. Add extract and bring to a boil. Follow remainder of instructions for the all-grain version.

Issue: September 2013

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