Homebrewing Northern Brewer This Beer’s For You American Lager



When people think of an average American lager, brands like Budweiser or Coors likely come to mind. These beers may not be fancy or daring but they do hit a certain spot and are enjoyed by many non-craft beer lovers. There are loads of clone recipes out there and Northern Brewer’s This Beer’s For You is one such recipe.

Recipe Source: Northern Brewer

Beer Specifications

Beer Name:Northern Brewer This Beer’s For You American Lager
Beer Style:Lager
Recipe Type:All Grain
Pre-Boil Volume:6. gallons / 22.71 litres
Batch Size:5 gallons / 18.93 litres
Estimated SRM:3.4°
Estimated IBU:11
Estimated OG:1.051
Estimated FG:1.013
Estimated ABV:5%

Grain Bill/Fermentables

LBSFermentables
7.56-Row
2Flaked Rice
0.5Carapils

Hops

OzTimeHops
0.7560 minHallertauer
0.252 minHallertauer

Yeast

#Yeast
1Saflager S-23

Fermentation Schedule

14 daysPrimary
28 daysLager
14 daysBottle Conditioning

Directions

Mash Temperature:152°F / 66.7°C
Mash Time:60 min
Boil Duration:60 min

I took the base recipe above and made a couple of minor tweaks to it based on what I had handy. I swapped out the Hallertauer hops for Tettnang and the Saflager S-23 yeast for Omega Yeast OYL-107 Oktoberfest Liquid Yeast I had harvested from a prior brew day.

I also adjusted my water chemistry to hit a target profile of:

  • Ca2 13ppm
  • Mg2 6ppm
  • Na 8ppm
  • Cl 13ppm
  • SO4 37ppm
  • HCO 20ppm

My Original Gravity (OG) was measured at 1.033 and after fermenting/lagering for a month I measured my Final Gravity (FG) at 1.002 for an ABV of 4.07%. After that I simply bottle conditioned it at 2.4 volumes of CO2.

Tasting Notes

SmellVery subtle sweetness on the nose. Overall the smell largely fades away into the background.
AppearanceGreat colour and very clear looking. I think it definitely nails that expected macro brew look.
TasteSlight sweet taste backed by a crisp finish which I think comes from the rice. This is a very easy to drink beer that you could find yourself downing a bunch of on a hot day.
YieldThis brew cost $21.48 in ingredients to make and yielded 43x355ml bottles ($0.50/bottle)

I was really not expecting to enjoy this beer as much as I do. It turns out that sometimes turning away from the ‘everything and the kitchen sink’ approach that many craft beer recipes have and instead taking a less is more approach can work in your favour. This is one that I will be brewing again!



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