Simple Helles Recipe – Traditional Lager Schedule

My NHC Helles Recipe scored fairly well at the first round of the National Homebrew Competition! But I decided at the last minute to enter it as a Vienna Lager. I mostly made this decision because of the darker color.

This Simple Munich Helles recipe is about as simple as it gets, and it brought the color down into the Munich Helles Category. I actually brewed two batches of this – one I fermented using a “traditional” lagering schedule which took about 34 days. The other batch was fermented using a “quick” lager schedule – about 16 days from brew day to packaging.

These to batches of Helles will be used in a blind triangle test to see if lagering schedule has any effect on perception. This experiment is being done for Experimental Brewing. Head over to their site and listen to the podcast!

Enjoy the recipe!

Recipe Details

Batch Size Boil Time IBU SRM Est. OG Est. FG ABV
5.5 gal 60 min 23.3 IBUs 4.1 SRM 1.049 1.011 4.9 %
Actuals 1.048 1.012 4.7 %


Name Amount %
Pilsner (2 Row) Ger 9.5 lbs 95
Carahell (Weyermann) 8 oz 5


Name Amount Time Use Form Alpha %
Hallertau Magnum 0.25 oz 60 min Boil Pellet 14
Hallertauer Mittelfrueh 1 oz 30 min Boil Pellet 4


Name Lab Attenuation Temperature
German Lager (WLP830) White Labs 77% 50°F - 55°F


Step Temperature Time
Mash In 153°F 60 min
Ramp up for mash out 168°F 10 min


Step Time Temperature
Primary 14 days 48°F
Secondary 2 days 63°F
Tertiary 6 days 32°F
Aging 14 days 34°F