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Pilsner (For Intermediate Homebrewers)

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This is an all-grain homebrewing recipe which is written for the intermediate level, brew-in-a-bag homebrewer. Since this beer is a lager style, it's highly recommended that you have a temperature controlled refrigerator you can use for cold fermentation and lagering. If this is your first lager, read this lager overview before you begin to make sure you know the process.

For this brew, you'll use the same equipment setup used for extract batches, but you will also need a kettle that is at least 7.5 gallons as well as an extra-large mesh grain bag. A second stockpot large enough to heat (not boil) 3 gallons of water is also recommended. An accurate brewing thermometer is very important when making an all-grain recipe; it's a good idea to check that yours is in good working condition.

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