You can easily homebrew a beer that will satisfy your non-craft brew friends, and hopefully influence them to be more experimental with their beer choices.
3.3% ABV generic yellow fizzy lager
4 lbs. extra light dry malt extract
1.5 lbs. table sugar
1 oz. Cascade hops (or any American hop) (6% alpha acid): 0.25 oz. for 60 min., 0.25 oz. for 30 min.,
0.5 oz. for last 5 minutes
1 tsp. Irish moss for 15 min.
Step by Step:
Bring 2.5 gallons water to boil. Remove from heat and add dry malt, and sugar. Return
to heat for boiling. Total boil is 60 minutes. Add 0.25 oz. Cascade for 60 minutes. Add 0.25 oz. Cascade
for 30 minutes of boiling. At 15 minutes left in the boil add Irish moss. Last 5 minutes add 0.5
oz. Cascade hops.
Now you can either cool the wort and add water up to 5 gallons or pour into fermenter and top up with cold, preboiled
water. When cooled around room tempeture put yeast in fermenter.
I’ve hear in the old days brewers would say that wort was ready for yeast when it was blood warm. I’m not sure about that, but I shoot for below 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
Ferment seven to 10 days in primary, secondary would be good to try to get the beer as clear as possible.
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