We are proud to present Mike’s second pick from the Jar of Destiny – International Amber Lager. It’s style 2B on the old 2015 BJCP guidelines. He did the research, came up with a plan, and brewed from the heart. Here’s the video:
International Amber Lager Plan
Mike’s take on the style is a beer that is an adjunct style lager. It has an amber, red-light brownish color.
The flavor profile should be clean and crisp like a lager but have a noticeable bread crust and biscuit note to it.
In researching commercial styles of this beer, Mike was inspired by Yuengling Amber Lager and wanted to brew something similar to that beer.
Jar of Destiny Recipe
4.5 pounds (2 kg) of Rahr Pilsner Malt
4.5 pounds (2 kg) of Weyermann Vienna Malt
2 pounds (907g) of Flaked Corn
12 ounces (340 g) of CaraCrystal Wheat Malt (55°L)
2 ounce (57 g) of Midnight Wheat Malt (550°L)
0.7 ounces (20g) Cluster Hops (7% AA) at 60 minutes left to go in the boil (~15 IBUs)
0.5 ounces (14g) Cascade Hops (6.5% AA) at 15 minutes left to go in the boil
Saflager Fermentis W34/70 Dry German Yeast
Step mashed for 60 minutes:
148°F (64°C) for 30 minutes
158°F (70°C) for 20 minutes
168°F (76°C) for 10 minutes
Fermented at 55°F/12.7° C for 6 days
Then, ramped up the temperature to 65°F/18° C and then let it sit for another 10 days.
We think Mike hit the nail on the head here with a crisp drinkable lager, but one with just enough character malt flavor to keep bringing you in for more.
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