German Leichtbier

By | June 12, 2022

Codename : Mountain Portage Leichtbier

This recipe had been prepared to use up most remaining stock, so it is a helter-skelter of ingredients. I drafted it in the app, found out it was a very close match to a German Leichtbier, so I adjusted the proportions to get what you see below.

Recipe inspiration : https://abthorpe.org/category/breowanthorpe/

Ingredients

  • 1 lb pilsner malt
  • 4 oz rolled oats
  • 2 oz dark munich malt 8L
  • 1 oz rye malt
  • 0.1 oz Centenial hops at 30 minutes
  • ¼ Whirlfloc tablet at 10 minutes (optional)
  • 3 ml Nottingham Ale dry yeast

Anticipated IBU : 17
Anticipated ABV : 3.3%
Target OG : 1.033
Target FG : 1.008
Brewhouse (in)efficiency : 65%

  • Prepare 6L strike water, 154F.
  • Add the grains to the bag.
  • Calibrate sonic screwdriver. This is a good reminder, as it went out of alignment.
  • Place the bag in the hot water, set the timer for 75 minutes, and maintain the temperature at 149 F. Looking for a minimum SG 1.025
  • Lift the bag out, allow it to drip into the pot. Capturing every bit of potential sugar is good.
  • Bring wort up to 205-210F.
  • Set the timer for 60 minutes. Add hops and Whirlfloc at the prescribed times above.  Looking for a minimum SG 1.033
  • Sanitise everything required for fermentation.
  • Cool to room temp, an ice-bath or a snowbank work effectively.
  • Prepare yeast mixture.
  • Add wort to the jug. Pitch yeast.
  • Store in a cool place for primary fermentation for 14-21 days.

Bottling Day

  • Sanitise everything required for bottling.
  • Transfer from carboy to bottling pot.
  • Prepare 19g corn sugar with enough hot water to dissolve it. Add to pot.
  • Bottle.
  • Preferably conduct bottle conditioning for at least 4 weeks. 

Brew Notes

  • Pre-boil SG, 1.021, post-boil SG, 1.031.
  • The outdoors propane stove doesn’t do a full rolling boil like my electric stove, so I have had to tweak my starting water requirements to adjust for less evapouration.
  • The style is supposed to be a lager, but I neither used a lager yeast, nor did I sustain a cooler temperature for fermentation. Although, it did get down to 5C some nights.

Tasting notes to follow

Brew day : 11-Jun-2022
Bottling day : 

NFT : To follow