Our first batch to take off with is a clone of Stella Artois. A beer I fell in love with while living in Leuven Belgium and have since been disappointed with how it taste when it arrives in bottle form in America. Our trip to Europe together in 2008 also led my wife to really like this amazing brew. So it was a fairly simple choice of how to start this homebrew phenomonon.
The recipe we used was one I found online searching through homebrew forums.
I’ve made this twice and I swear its the closest thing I’ve ever had to a Stella Artois, so I felt it necessary to share. For all those stella fans.
3 gal of distilled water
1lbs Cara Pils
6lbs Mutons extra light
3/4oz of Perle @ 7.8%
1oz Saaz @ 3.0%
1 Hallertau German @ 5%Steep cara @ 150F for 45 min, then remove Bring to a boil and add 3/4oz Perle and 1/4 Saaz -after 45 min add 1oz of Hallertua -after 40 additional minutes add 3/4 oz of Saaz for 5 minutes The key is the distilled water. One of the secrets to a pils is the PH, its very low. SO use the 3 gal of distilled in the boil, then after the boil top up with tap or spring water to about 5 1/4.
Let the beer at 70F until the fermention takes off, then primary ferment at 50 for 7-10days and transfer to secondary Then lager at 32-40F for six weeks Let go to room temp for a couple of days bottle or keg and lager for 4-6 more weeks below 50F
So as the first batch is sitting..........we wait