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05A1. German Leichtbier

111 calories 12 carbs
Beer Stats
Method: All Grain
Style: German Leichtbier
Boil Time: 60 min
Batch Size: 5.5 gallons (fermentor volume)
Pre Boil Size: 7.5 gallons
Post Boil Size: 6 gallons
Pre Boil Gravity: 1.025 (recipe based estimate)
Efficiency: 75% (brew house)
Source: WAWooldridge
Calories: 111 calories (Per 12oz)
Carbs: 12 g (Per 12oz)
Created Monday August 21st 2017
1.034
1.009
3.18%
24.2
3.87
5.4
n/a
 
Fermentables
Amount Fermentable PPG °L Bill %
6 lb German - Pilsner6 lb Pilsner 38 1.6 92.3%
0.50 lb German - Melanoidin0.5 lb Melanoidin 37 25 7.7%
6.5 lb Total      
 
Hops
Amount Variety Type AA Use Time IBU Bill %
0.75 oz Tettnanger0.75 oz Tettnanger Hops Pellet 4.5 Boil 60 min 14.65 27.3%
0.50 oz Saaz0.5 oz Saaz Hops Pellet 3.5 Boil 15 min 3.77 18.2%
0.50 oz Saaz0.5 oz Saaz Hops Pellet 3.5 Boil 10 min 2.75 18.2%
1 oz Saaz1 oz Saaz Hops Pellet 3.5 Boil 5 min 3.03 36.4%
 
Mash Guidelines
Amount Description Type Temp Time
7.59 gal Strike Water (All Grain) Temperature 137 °F --
gal Protein Rest Infusion 131 °F 15 min
gal Alpha-Amylase Rest Temperature 145 °F 35 min
gal Beta-Amylase Rest Temperature 158 °F 40 min
qt Mash-Out Temperature 170 °F 20 min
2.51 gal Batch Sparge Sparge 170 °F 15 min
Starting Mash Thickness: 2.25 qt/lb
 
Other Ingredients
Amount Name Type Use Time
1 tsp Irish Moss Fining Boil 15 min.
32.44 ml Phosphoric acid Water Agt Mash 1 hr.
4.05 g Phosphoric acid Water Agt Sparge 1 hr.
 
Yeast
White Labs - Czech Budejovice Lager Yeast WLP802
Amount:
1 Each
Attenuation (custom):
77.5%
Flocculation:
Medium
Optimum Temp:
50 - 55 °F
Starter:
Yes
Fermentation Temp:
52 °F
Pitch Rate:
1.75 (M cells / ml / ° P) 311 B cells required
Yeast Pitch Rate and Starter Calculator
Priming
CO2 Level: 2.5 Volumes
 
Target Water Profile
Pilsen (Light Lager)
Ca+2 Mg+2 Na+ Cl- SO4-2 HCO3-
7 3 2 5 5 25
Add 1lb rice hulls to every 5lb of grain to help keep mash temperature evenly distributed.

Pilsner malt:
Protein rest (122-131F 15 min)
Mash Chemistry and Brewing Water Calculator
 
Notes

Overall Impression:
A pale, highly-attenuated, light-bodied German lager with lower alcohol and calories than normal-strength beers. Moderately bitter with noticeable malt and hop flavors, the beer is still interesting to drink.

Aroma:
Low to medium hop aroma, with a spicy, herbal, or floral character. Low to medium-low grainy-sweet or slightly crackery malt aroma. Clean fermentation profile.

Appearance:
Straw to pale gold in color. Brilliant clarity. Moderate white head with average to below average persistence.

Flavor:
Low to medium grainy-sweet malt flavor initially. Medium hop bitterness. Low to medium hop flavor, with a spicy, herbal, or floral quality. Clean fermentation character, well-lagered. Dry finish with a light malty and hoppy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel:
Light to very light body. Medium to high carbonation. Smooth, well-attenuated.

Comments:
Marketed primarily as a diet-oriented beer with lower carbohydrates, alcohol, and calories. Pronounced “LYESHT-beer.” May also be known as a Diat Pils or Helles, this style is in the schankbier gravity class. Other variations of Leicht class beers can be made from Weissbier, Kölsch, and Altbier; those beers are best entered in the Mixed-Style Beer category.

History:
Traditional versions existed as drinks for physical laborers in factories or fields, but modern versions are more based on popular American products in the same class.

Characteristic Ingredients:
Like a German Pils or Helles, continental Pils malt, German lager yeast, Saazer-type hops.

Style Comparison:
Like a lower-alcohol, lighter-bodied, slightly less aggressive German Pils or Helles.

Vital Statistics:
OG: 1.026 – 1.034
FG: 1.006 – 1.010
ABV: 2.4 – 3.6%
IBUs: 15 – 28
SRM: 2 – 5

Commercial Examples:
Beck’s Light, Bitburger Light, Mahr’s Leicht, Paulaner Münchner Hell Leicht, Paulaner Premium Leicht

Tags:
session-strength, pale-color, bottom-fermented, lagered, central-Europe, traditional-style, pale-lager-family, bitter, hoppy

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