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Germans began immigrating to Mexico hundreds of years ago.  If there’s one thing Germans always bring with them, it’s their love of beer and their brewing tradition.  The Vienna lager style is alive and well in Mexico through commercial breweries steeped in German tradition.

Deutsch Mexikaner Lager

Extract & Grain Recipe, makes 5 US gallons (19L)

QuantityIngredients       Comment
3 lbsBriess CBW® Pilsen Light DME60 min boil
2 lbsBriess CBW® Pilsen Light DME0 min boil
0.75 lbBriess Caramel Munich Malt 60LSteeping Grain
0.5 lbBriess Insta Grains® Yellow Corn FlakesSteeping Grain
0.5 lb       Briess Goldpils® Vienna MaltSteeping Grain
1 oz         Tettnang Hops (4.5% AAU)60 min boil
1 oz   Hallertau Hops (4.5% AAU)5 min boil
2 packsWLP940 Mexican Lager YeastFermenter
1 capsuleServomyces Yeast Nutrient10 min boil

Brewing Procedures:

  1. Bring 2.5 gallons of water to 154ºF and steep grains for 30 minutes.
  2. Remove grains, and stir in 3 lbs CBW® Pilsen Light DME.
  3. Bring water to a boil, add 1 oz of Tettnang hops.
  4. After 50 minutes, add yeast nutrient.
  5. After 5 minutes, add 1 oz of Hallertau hops and yeast nutrient.
  6. Boil 5 minutes, and turn heat off.
  7. Stir to dissolve 2 lbs Briess CBW® Pilsen Light DME.
  8. Cool beer to 70ºF. Transfer to fermenter.  Fill to 5 gallons with water.
  9. Pitch 2 packs of White Labs WLP940 Mexican Lager yeast.

Fermentation:

  • Primary Fermentation: 2 weeks at 50ºF – 55ºF
  • Secondary Fermentation:4 weeks at 50ºF – 55ºF.
  • Fermentation Notes: Force carbonate or bottle condition with ¾ cup dissolved priming sugar, and ¼ packet WLP940 yeast for 3-4 weeks at 50ºF – 55ºF.

Stats:

  • Original Gravity: 052
  • Final Gravity: 013
  • ABV: 1%
  • IBU: 22
  • Color (SRM):11