ChromosBeer Black Lager 5 Gallon
Dark in color, but not heavy like a stout or porter, this black lager may change your mind about dark beers. Using a special cold-steeping method for the black malt to reduce bitter tannins, Chromos has a malty flavor accentuated by subtle chocolate and roasted notes, but it finishes very clean and crisp like a standard lager or pilsner. The addition of Mt. Hood hops balances the other ingredients in perfect harmony giving you a smooth tasting lager without being overly sweet.
WHAT YOU GET
1 Can Coopers European Lager HME
1 Can Coopers Light Malt
2 Packets of Mt. Hood Hops
2 Packets of Black Malt
1 Packet of 2-Row
1 Packet S-23 Lager yeast
3 hop sacks
2 Packets of No-Rinse Cleanser
FOR FANS OF
Sam Adams Black Lager
Uinta Brewing Baba Black Lager
Original Gravity: 1.053
Final Gravity: 1.009
SRM: (Color): 24
IBU: (Bitterness): 20
STEP 1: SANITIZING
Cleaning is one of the most important steps in brewing. It kills microscopic bacteria, wild yeast, and molds that may cause off-flavors in your beer. Make certain to clean all equipment that comes in contact with your beer by following the directions below:
1. Fill clean fermenter with 8 liters (2 Gallons) of warm water, then add 1 pack of No-Rinse Cleanser and stir until dissolved.
2. Use your measuring cup to scoop the liquid up and run it down the side of the Coopers Fermenter. Do this around the entire fermenter a few times. Then add your krousen kollar and repeat. Then take some of the solution and pour it into the lid and allow it to sit for 2 minutes. (If you have a different fermenter sanitizing may be different.)
3. To clean the spigot, open it fully and allow the liquid to flow for 5 seconds, and then close.
4. Pour some of the solution from the fermenter into a large bowl. You need enough to fully cover your brewing utensils. Place your spoon/whisk, can opener, and measuring cup into the bowl to keep them cleaned throughout the brewing process. Leave them immersed for at least 2 minutes in the cleaning solution prior to use. Any remaining solution in your fermenter can be discarded.
5. After all, surfaces have been thoroughly cleaned, do not rinse or dry the keg or utensils. Return lid to the top of the fermenter, proceed immediately to brewing.
STEP 2: BREWING
Brewing beer is the process of combining a starch source (in this case, a malt brewing extract) with yeast. Once combined, the yeast eats the sugars in the malt, producing alcohol and carbon dioxide (CO2). This process is called fermentation.
2 hours before brewing, put both packets of Black Malt into a muslin sack and steep it in 3 cups of room temperature water. Cover with a plastic wrap or a lid and let sit for 2 hours at room temperature then discard the sack of grains (do not squeeze). Set this aside for step 7.
1. Remove the yeast packet from under the lid of the can of Brewing Extract (you won’t be using this), then place the unopened cans in hot tap water.
2. Add the 2-row to 1 Muslin Hop Sack tying it closed.
3. Using a measuring cup, pour 6 cups of water into your clean 1-gallon or larger pot. Bring your pot of water up to above 155 degrees F.
4. Add the grain sack to the hot water and steep for 30 minutes between 155-165 degrees.
5. Carefully lift the grain sack out of the pot, and place it into a strainer/colander. Rinse the sack over the pot with 1 cup of hot water. Let drain. Do NOT squeeze the grain bag. Discard grain bag.
6. Place the contents of both Mt. Hood hop packets into a muslin sack and trim away excess material. Set aside.
7. Add the dark grain water you steeped earlier before you started brewing and bring the wort to a low rolling boil, then add the hop sack and let simmer at a low boil for 1 minute. Then remove from heat.
8. Open the cans of Brewing Extract and pour the contents into the hot mixture in your pot. Stir until thoroughly mixed. This mixture of unfermented beer is called wort.
9. Fill your fermenter with 1 gallon of cold water. (If using a Cooper’s BrewMax fermenter, fill with enough cold water to cover the spigot hole)
10. Pour the wort, including the hop sacks, into your fermenter including the hops, and then bring the volume of the fermenter to 5 gallons or 19 liters total, by adding more cold water.
11. Stir your wort mixture vigorously with your sanitized spoon or whisk.
12. Sprinkle the S-23 Lager yeast packet into the keg, and screw on the lid. Do not stir.
Put your fermenter in a location with a consistent temperature between 53° and 59° F (12°-55° C), and out of direct sunlight. Ferment for 21 days.
STEP 3: BOTTLING & CARBONATING
After 21 days, taste a small sample to determine if the beer is fully fermented and ready to bottle. If it tastes like flat beer, it is ready. If it’s sweet, then it’s not ready. Let it ferment for 3 more days (24 total). At this point, it is time to bottle. Do not let it sit in the fermenter for longer than 24 days total.
1. When your beer is ready to bottle, fill 3 1-gallon containers with warm water, then split the remaining pack of the No-Rinse Cleanser between them and mix until dissolved. Once dissolved, it is ready to use.
2. Distribute the cleaning solution equally among the bottles. Screw-on caps (or cover with a metal cap if using glass bottles) and shake bottles vigorously. Allow to sit 10 minutes, then shake the bottles again. Remove caps and empty all cleaning solutions into a large bowl. Use this solution to clean any other equipment you may be using for bottling. Do not rinse.
3. Add 2 Carbonation Drops to each 740-mL bottle. For 1-liter bottles, add 2 ½ drops; for ½-liter bottles add 1 drop. Alternatively, you can add table sugar using this table as a guide.
4. Holding the bottle at an angle, fill each bottle to about 2 inches from the bottle’s top.
5. Place caps on bottles, hand tighten, and gently turn the bottle over to check the bottle’s seal. It is not necessary to shake them.
6. Store the bottles upright and out of direct sunlight in a location with a consistent temperature between 70°-76°F or 21°-24°C. Allow sitting for a minimum of 14 days. If the temperature is cooler than suggested it may take an additional week to reach full carbonation.
TIP FROM OUR BREWMASTERS
After the primary carbonation has taken place your beer is ready to drink. We recommend putting 1 bottle in the refrigerator at first for 48 hrs. After 48hrs. give it a try and if it is up to your liking put the rest of your beer in the fridge. If it does not taste quite right, leave the bottles out at room temp for another week or so. Keep following this method until your brew tastes just how you like it.
This process is called conditioning and during this time the yeast left in your beer can help clean up any off-flavors. Almost everything gets a little better with time and so will your beer