You will need:
- 1 MJ International Dutch Lager
- 1 kg Ultra Brew
- 1 Lager/Pilsner grain pack
- 1 Caramunich grain pack
- 15g Hersbrucker Hops (5 min)
- 15g Tettnanger Hops (0 min)
- 1 MJ M84 Bohemian Lager or Safale US05 yeast
- A day before preparing recipe place 5 litres of water in closed containers in a fridge and chill*.
- Steep the grain packs for 30min in 1 litre of hot tap water (not boiling).
- Strain the grain through a sieve into to a large saucepan. Rinse grains with a further 500ml of hot water and collect in saucepan as well. Discard the grains.
- Bring wort to the boil, add the Hersbrucker hops, and simmer for 5 mins.
- Turn off the heat, and add the Tettnanger hops, and steep for 10 mins.
- Add the MJ International Dutch Lager, 1kg of Ultra Brew and contents of the saucepan to your fermenter and mix well.
- Top up to 23L with chilled and tap water to reach a starting temperature of 12°C if using MJ M84 Bohemian Lager yeast, or 20°C if using Safale US05 yeast. Stir vigorously to aerate wort.
- If you have a temperature controlled brewing fridge, add the MJ Bohemian Lager yeast and ferment as close as possible to 12°C. If you don’t have a temperature controlled brewing fridge, use Safale US05 yeast and ferment as close as possible to 20°C **.
- Bottle or Keg beer when gravity is consistent over two days.
* Use sanitised containers with lids. Do not freeze the water. Use the chilled water to reach a satisfactory temperature and add yeast immediately.
** Maintain a cool even temperature in the fermenter. Place the fermenter in a tray and wrap it in a blanket with an end in a container of water. Placing the fermenter on a concrete slab can also help to keep the temperature constant. Use a Brewers Choice Brewing Thermostat and an old fridge for optimum brewing conditions all year round.