Recipe: Schönramer(isch) Pils

This homebrew-scale pils recipe is based on the world-class example developed by Eric Toft, brewmaster at Private Landbrauerei Schönram in Upper Bavaria.

Joe Stange Apr 7, 2020 - 3 min read

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This is not a “clone”—for that you’d need the same hops (Tettnang-grown Hallertauer Mittelfrüh, anyone seen that at their local shop?), same not-so-modified custom malt, same water, a healthy dose of kräusen fresh from a fermenting batch of Schönramer Hell, the same lederhosen… you get the idea.

However, this homebrew-scale recipe might get you in the ballpark—or else inspire you to try something distinctive using the freshest ingredients you can get.

ALL-GRAIN
Batch size: 5 gallons (19 liters)
Brewhouse efficiency: 72%
OG: 1.048
FG: 1.010
IBUs: 42
ABV: 5%

MALT/GRAIN BILL
9 lb (4 kg) German Pilsner malt

HOPS SCHEDULE
0.5 oz (14 g) Spalter Select [4.75% AA] at FWH
0.35 oz (10 g) Tradition [6% AA] at FWH
0.5 oz (14 g) Spalter Select [4.75% AA] at 50 minutes
0.35 oz (10 g) Tradition [6% AA] at 50 minutes
0.5 oz (14 g) Hallertauer Mittelfrüh [4% AA] at 15 minutes
0.5 oz (14 g) Tettnanger [4% AA] at 15 minutes
0.5 oz (14 g) Hallertauer Mittelfrüh [4% AA] at 3 minutes
0.5 oz (14 g) Tettnanger [4% AA] at 3 minutes
0.5 oz (14 g) Hallertauer Mittelfrüh [4% AA] at whirlpool
0.5 oz (14 g) Tettnanger [4% AA] at whirlpool

YEAST
Fermentis Saflager W-34/70

DIRECTIONS
Mash in at 118°F (48°C). Raise to 122°F (50°C) and rest 15 minutes; raise to 140°F (60°C) and rest 15 minutes; then raise to 149°F (65°C) and rest for 25 minutes. Remove one third of the mash to a separate vessel for decoction and bring it just to a boil. Return it to the rest of the mash, which should bring the mash close to 170°F (77°C). Mash out, adding first-wort hops to the boil kettle. Boil for 70 minutes and whirlpool, following the hops schedule. Chill to 43°F (6°C) and pitch plenty of yeast (about 45–50 g rehydrated; or a healthy starter; or fresh kräusen). Ferment in sanitized buckets loosely covered with foil, allowing the temperature to rise to 49°F (9.5°C), then hold there until fermentation is complete. (“Time is a huge ingredient, and we make sure we take our time,” says Eric Toft, brewmaster at Private Landbrauerei Schönram.) Crash and lager at about 37°F (3°C) for 6 to 7 weeks.

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