So, I found White Labs San Francisco Lager Yeast. This is a lager yeast that ferments best from 58F to 65F. My theory is, this is the Anchor Steam yeast; Anchor Steam beer is theoretically a lager brewed at Ale temperatures. I have no evidence for this, but Anchor is from San Francisco, and their Steam Beer is a well known and resepected brew.
"Lager?" is a fairly generic beer, and just happens to use this yeast so it would ferment well in my house. For this batch, I wasn't trying to create a specific style, I basically just used ingredients I had on hand.
Lager? I dont even know her!Brew Date: Feb 8, 2009
Ingredients for a 5 gallon batch:
- 1lb Munton Crystal Malt, 60L
- 1oz Millenium hops, pellets 15AA
- 6lb LD Carlson Breiss DME, Pilsen Light
- 1oz New Zealand organic Hallertau hops, 8.6AA
- 1tsp Irish Moss (for clarity)
- White Labs WLP810 San Francisco Lager Yeast
- Steep crystal malt in 2.5-3 gal H2O for 30 minutes, approximately 160F
- Add Malt Extract
- Boil for 60 minutes total
- Millenium hops boil for 60 minutes
- Hallertau hops boil for 15 minutes
- Irish moss boil for 15 minutes
- I started the yeast on Feb 3rd, using more DME than I expected, G=1.090 in the starter!
- The yeast worked really well, both in the starter and in the primary fermenter.
- Pitched yeast with the wort at about 65F; lower than I had hoped.
- Fermentation was obviously active by 2am that day
- Once again, Marla had to replace the airlock with a blowoff tube while I was at work, to avoid a huge mess.
- February 15: rack to secondary fermenter; Gravity = 1.026
- March 2: Gravity = 1.020
- March 5: Keg it. Gravity = 1.019
Overall, I'm happy with this beer.
A note about the name: Marla introduced me to the "I don't even know her!" line of jokes. Daniel's variation seems to be "I just met her!" I was more familiar with the "yermom" line of dubious humor in college. "Lager? Yermom doesn't even know her!"