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- This is the beer your great-great grandfather enjoyed in the years before the government turned the brewing business over to the gangsters. It is the classic American beer, a marriage of highly enzymatic American 6-row malt with enzyme-poor corn that cuts the high malt proteins. This is not the insipid macro-brew of today. Rich, with a sweetness cut by a generous addition of hops, Pre-Prohibition Lager stands proudly as a beer for the discriminating brewer and drinker.
Recommended: 2-stage fermentation and yeast starter.
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Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons Recipe and Instructions Click Here for Pre-Prohibition Lager All-Grain Kit Brewing Instructions Regional Style USA Original Gravity 1045 Total Time to Make 6 weeks
- 4.6 / 5.018 ReviewsFirst All GrainAfter extract brewing for 3 years I jumped into all grain with this kit. Man, it was what US beer should be. Every one I have shared it with now think I am the lord of beer. If I can make this beer, I will survive the zombie apocalypse.June 8, 2015The American StandardComparing this beer to ordinary American macrobrew is like comparing juicy, sun-ripened home grown tomatoes to the tasteless, bland, pale, supermarket fare. I used the liquid American Lager yeast and this came out a full flavored, hoppy, very satisfying beer; a complete beer that one can see was a pure ancestor of our modern mass produced beer. It is on my "favorites" list now.March 6, 2010Always in the house...From the time I tasted my first batch of this (was my first lager too), I knew I'd want this around at all times. Brewed 4 or 5 of these so far. They always come out clear as glass, very nice head, and a flavor that tells me that if one beer was sent to an alien planet as an ambassador to represent what a standard beer should taste like, this has to be it. A profile similar to some of the watered down macrobrews, but times 3 or 4, with a sweetness, and a sharp bitter hop bite right after the swallow that gets you in the jaw, and finishing with a sense of refreshment. I love it.August 16, 2009wonderful!I brewed 2 batches back-to-back last early spring. It was the mainstay of my summer drinking, along with 3 batches of hefe. A note to NB - don't change the recipe.November 6, 2009As It Should Be...I brewed this as a partial mash and as all-grain. I tried Brewer's Gold hops on the partial mash and I used the recipe's Cluster hops on the all-grain variety. I feel the Brewer's Gold fits this style of beer much better than the Cluster -- 0.75 oz for boil and 0.25 oz for aroma. The Cluster hops almost make the beer too sour or even a bit pungent for my liking. The partial mash seemed to produce a richer color, overall, even with OGs coming relatively close on both approaches.March 20, 2012ExcellentI brewed this to 1.040 OG so it was hop heavy. Still, I love this beer. Many of us were weaned on American lagers and so somehow this beer tastes like a beer should taste, with some flavor and complexity to make the beer snobs in us think fondly on simpler times without sacrificing taste. I may add .5 maize and cut the hops a bit next time while still maintaining the 1.040 OG.December 12, 2011Very Good!!!Made this with WY2782 and substituted Hallertau for the hops (to same IBU level). Fermented at 50.Holy cow! This is an excellent brew! Bready with perfect hop balance, nice body and mouthfeel, and an amazing, fluffy head. So light and refreshing, you can't have just one. Perfect summer beer that everyone from expert homebrewers to "great american lager" drinkers will love.August 5, 2010just as advertisedThe description by NB of this beer is spot on. The corn makes it very light in color, but no Bud Light taste here. A full, well rounded body for a lager of this type. The hops are more than American brews, more like pilseners or other European brews, and I think that is a plus. Very solid brew.July 9, 2010very good beer!This beer has a great flavor that you don't find in other beers. The flavor of the 6 row stands out nicely. You will enjoy this for sure.October 4, 2013Flavored Beverage of Mass ConsumptionUsed Wyeast 2532, fermented at 52F. FWH 0.5 oz Cluster to smooth out the bittering. Sat in primary 25 days. Sampled it and was surprised how smooth it is after only 3 weeks. I could probably keg it and drink it now. It is crystal clear and has a nice blend of floral aromas and flavors from the Cluster hops that blends well with the corn. The yeast adds a slight ester profile to the beer that does not overpower the corn, nor the hops. The 6-row barley does not come across as overtly "grainy". Easy to brew, surprisingly smooth and well-balanced.March 6, 2013
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