American Light Lager (Basic recipe)


Recipe Impression

A highly carbonated, very light-bodied, nearly flavorless lager designed to be consumed very cold. Very refreshing and thirst-quenching. Designed to appeal to as broad a range of the general public as possible.

Contrary to expectations - this recipe belongs to the Expert level. Remember the two most important points:

1. Strong flavors are a fault. Try to use as much flavorless malt or malt extract as you can find. Avoid to use Continental Pilsner or Pale Ale, since they are too intensive for this style. Keep 25% of the grain bill for Rice or Maize.

2. Keep fermentation clear and cool. Ensure you will be able to control the fermentation temperature for 10 °С (50 °F)

Related Style: American Light Lager

Batch size: 21 L // Brew method: All Grain // Recipe complex rating: Expert

Target Statistics
OG, P OG, sg FG, P FG, sg ABV, % IBU SRM
9.5 1.038 1.8 1.007 4.1 10 Yellow (3-4)
Grain % in bulk Size, kg
Pilsner malt 75.0 3.40
Raw Rice 25.0 1.20
Hops α, % Size, g AAU Add Boil, min
American Aroma Hops 4.0 17 2 Start 60
Extras Size, g


Yeasts Packs
American Lagers yeasts 1

Recipe description

Add grain to the wort at a temperature of 35 °C (95 °F)

Single mash at 65°C (149 °F) for 90 minutes until complete conversion of starches

Ferment at 10°C (50 °F)

Let the beer lagering at temperatures close to 0°C (32 °F) for at least four weeks before bottling or drinking

Carbonate from 2.5 to 3.0 volumes of CO2

Last updated on

June 1, 2023, 4:37 p.m.


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