Rice Lager


I brewed up a light lager on the 28th, basically as a starter for an upcoming Oktoberfest style lager. The grist bill was roughly 83% pilsner malt, 10% flaked rice and 7% dextrose. The beer was hopped lightly with Liberty to around 14 IBUs with a dose of about 0.75g per l of Liberty with 1 minute left in the boil, to a gravity of 1.047. The yeast was the dried SafLager W 34/70 from Weihenstephan. This is the first time i’ve used this yeast, so i’ll be able to evaluate the yeast pretty well with such a light beer; any flaws will be fairly evident. It’s alleged to be the same strain as the German Lager strain from White Labs which i’m very familiar with, so i’ll be interested to see how it matches up.


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