I have used most of these to make a Czech Pilsner, which came out every well, however, I don't have a refrigerator in which to lager the pilsner right now. So, I'm looking for a light refreshing beer that will take me though the summer. I can get different hops if that would benefit the recipe. BTW this would be a 5 gallon partial-grain extract recipe. Thanks.

  • Weyermann Carahell grain
  • 6lbs of Pilsen light DME
  • Saaz Hops (approx 3/4 pound)
  • Citra 1/2 oz
  • BRY-97
  • Nottingham and Safale US-05 yeasts

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I answered this mostly as an exercise for myself since I may be in this situation and like fiddling with recipes. My brewing experience on a scale to 0 to 10 isn't 0 but not exactly 1 either.

For a 5 gal batch: 6lbs Pilsen DME and 1lbs (you didn't specify so I assumed just 1) will get you either a belgian blonde ale or an american ipa (although light on color) depending on how you hop it. Based on what you asked for I'd go with belgian blonde which will be less bitter and less hoppy than an ipa.

  • 6lbs Pilsen DME
  • 1lb CaraHell

Hop additions:

  • 60 mins - 1 oz Saaz
  • 15 mins - 0.25 oz Citra and 0.25 oz Saaz
  • 5 mins - 0.25 oz Citra

Use Safale US-05 yeast

  • OG 1.056
  • FG 1.008
  • IBU 21
  • SRM 4
  • ABV 6%

If it were me I wouldn't worry what type of beer it winds up being I'd say just brew it like you would have brewed the pilsner but ferment it with ale yeast at ale temperatures and see what happens.

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    Made the recipe today, went very well. Did a 4 gallon boil, added 1/2 tab of Whirlfloc @ 10 minutes, topped off to 5 gallons. Definitely looks blonde at this point, we'll see how it turns out in a couple of weeks.
    – Quentin
    Commented Jul 24, 2017 at 21:32
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    Just to keep you up on this, has been fermenting like crazy for the past two days, moving along nicely.
    – Quentin
    Commented Jul 26, 2017 at 12:57
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    Fermentation slowed considerably after 4 days, today is day 6 and it registered 1.012, like you said, probably not as dry as you anticipated. Unfortunately, I did not measure the OG, once I remembered a day passed. I'll check it tomorrow and see if it is stable.
    – Quentin
    Commented Jul 30, 2017 at 16:13
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    You brewed my first beer recipe before I did :) My second one has been fermenting since sunday morning. Just a simple single hopped amber DME to see if I can boil on my stove. My first beer I pretty much just pushed a button. Commented Aug 1, 2017 at 2:22
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    Been away for a bit, beer is nice, light, too easy to drink more then one. Just did a ESB to back this one up. Thanks again (not suppose to say that) ;)
    – Quentin
    Commented Aug 30, 2017 at 0:55

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