We plan to brew a wide range of lager styles – this Grand Lager is our first, and it’s in the Dortmunder Export tradition.
It’s stronger than a northern German lager, and slightly deeper in colour and malt flavour. There’s certainly enough bitterness to balance the malt sweetness, but it’s not an overly bitter beer, so it’s pretty easy to drink. The hops don’t dominate the malt, and the malt doesn’t dominate the hops, so you get both hops and malt there in the flavour as you drink it on down.
This Grand Lager was can-conditioned, which gives it a long, long shelf life.
Grand Lager Homebrew Recipe
Mash pilsener and munich malt at 67c for 60 minutes. Boil 90 minutes, add Hallertauer hops at start and at the end. S-23 yeast, ferment at 18c. No dry-hopping (unless you want to).