Pale malt in a lager recipe?

Try some of these great recipes out, or share your favourite brew with other forumees!
Post Reply
gobuchul
Steady Drinker
Posts: 59
Joined: Mon Aug 20, 2018 12:07 pm

Pale malt in a lager recipe?

Post by gobuchul » Wed Nov 07, 2018 7:06 pm

Going through my stocks and I have a load of Saaz hop pellets I forgot all about.

I have lager yeast but no pilsner malt, only pale.

I know it will be slightly darker but will it make any significant difference to the flavour if just brew with the pale?

User avatar
alexlark
Under the Table
Posts: 1354
Joined: Thu May 02, 2013 12:29 pm
Location: Rhondda, South Wales

Re: Pale malt in a lager recipe?

Post by alexlark » Wed Nov 07, 2018 7:25 pm

Yep it will work, it works quite well. In my last lager I used 50% pills and 50% MO.

User avatar
HTH1975
Piss Artist
Posts: 224
Joined: Sat Aug 12, 2017 8:24 pm
Location: Thirsk, North Yorks (ex-pat Geordie)

Re: Pale malt in a lager recipe?

Post by HTH1975 » Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:09 pm

Could end up a bit darker (margainly) but also more bready/biscuity. Probably worth mashing a little lower and/or using a little bit sugar in the grist if you’re going for a Pilsner.

User avatar
IPA
Under the Table
Posts: 1211
Joined: Wed Dec 07, 2011 9:29 am
Location: France Gascony

Re: Pale malt in a lager recipe?

Post by IPA » Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:03 am

There are many types of lager. Colour ranges from 3 EBC for a pale Pilsner type right the way to 75 EBC for a German Dunkel. The connecting factor is that they are bottom fermented and lagered, that is stored in cool conditions, for varying lengths of time. It is a common misconception that they are pale coloured highly carbonated and served freezing cold to be consumed in large amounts before,during and after football matches. To muddy the water even further one such "Lager" very popular with football fans is actually top fermented at ale temperature.
"You're not drunk if you can lie on the floor without holding on." Dean Martin

1. Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, thoroughly used, totally worn out and loudly proclaiming... "f*ck, what a trip!"

Robwalkeragain
Hollow Legs
Posts: 361
Joined: Tue Jun 05, 2018 9:19 am

Re: Pale malt in a lager recipe?

Post by Robwalkeragain » Thu Nov 08, 2018 10:28 am

On the other side, noble hops are great in pale ales, I use a heavy dose of tettnang in one of ours. Speaking of misconceptions, it's a fairly common one that lager ingredients (extra pale malts, noble hops etc) are only really suitable for lagers.
My personal choice would be to colour it down a little or use something like Dark Munich on top and make a nice hearty malty lager.

Post Reply