Pennsylvania Traditional Lager

Pennsylvania Traditional Lager is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 28.
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What if we said you could brew a beer that dates back to the 1930’s? A beer that is as rich in tradition as it is in flavor.  A recipe that saved an historic brewery in the 80’s during the years of parachute pants and acid washed jeans. This brew boasts a rich, flavorful, malty body with a clean crisp finish as smooth as wearing your Members Only Jacket and Sunglasses at Night. This beer is darker in color and has more flavor than your traditional lager. It has a following that has lasted generations, kind of like Bon Jovi. You can’t get this beer west of the Mississippi so the only way to taste the history is to brew it yourself!

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    What You Get

    1 American Lager Brewing Extract (HME)

    1 Packets of Dry Brewing Yeast (Under the Lid of the Brewing Extract)

    1 Packet Pale LME

    1 Packet Cascade Hops

    1 Packet Cluster Hops

    1 Packet Flaked Yellow Corn

    1 Packet Carapils Malt

    2 Muslin Hop Sacks

    1 Safale US-04 Dry Ale Yeast

    1 Packet of No-Rinse Cleanser

    For Fans Of

    Yuengling Traditional Lager

    Brew Specs

    Flavor: Balanced

    Original Gravity: 1.040

    Final Gravity: 1.006

    ABV: 4.5%

    SRM: (Color): 7

    IBU: (Bitterness): 23


    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 keg with warm water to line mark 1 on the back, then add ½ pack (about 1 tablespoon) of No-Rinse Cleanser and stir until dissolved. Once dissolved, the solution is ready to use. Save the remaining ½ of No-Rinse Cleanser because you will need it for bottling.

    2. Screw on lid and swirl the keg so that the cleaning solution makes contact with the entire interior of the keg, including the underside of the lid. Note that the ventilation notches under the lid may leak solution. Allow to sit for at least 2 minutes and swirl again.

    3. To clean the spigot, open it fully and allow liquid to flow for 5 seconds and then close

    4. Pour the rest of the solution from the keg into a large bowl. 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 cleaning solution prior to using.

    5. After all surfaces have been thoroughly cleaned, do not rinse or dry the keg or utensils. Return lid to top of keg, proceed immediately to 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.

    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 can and BrewMax LME in hot tap water. 

    2. Place the 2 packets of pellet hops into a hop sack tying them closed, then trim away excess material.

    3. Place the Carapils Malt and Flaked Corn into a hop sack tying them closed, then trim away excess material. 

    4. Using the measuring cup, pour 8 cups of water into your clean 3-quart or larger pot. Increase your heat to mediumhigh until the water reaches 150

    5. Add the grains and cover, steep for 30 minutes. Rinse the grain sack with one cup of hot water (160 F) allowing the runoff to blow back into the pot. Do not squeeze the sack. Discard the grain sack after steeping is complete. 

    6. Bring the grain-water to a boil and add in your hop sack, allow this mixture to boil for 10 minutes stirring
    occasionally, then remove from heat.

    7. Once 10 minutes has passed (step 6), remove the pot from heat.

    8. Open the can of Brewing Extract and pour its contents into the hot mixture in your pot. Stir until thoroughly mixed.
    Then open the packet of BrewMax LME Pale and pour this into the hot mixture in your pot and stir until thoroughly
    mixed. This mixture of unfermented beer is called wort.

    9. Fill your fermenter with cold tap water to the mark 1 on the back. If using any other fermenter this would be
    approximately 1 gallon of water. 

    10. Pour the wort, including the hop sack, into your fermenter, and then bring the volume of the fermenter to mark 2
    by adding more cold water. Leave the hop sack in the wort for the duration of fermentation. (If you have a different
    fermenter top it off with cold water to the 8.5-liter mark). 

    11. Stir your wort mixture vigorously with your sanitized spoon or whisk.

    12. Sprinkle the Safale S-04 yeast packet into the keg, and screw on the lid. Do not stir. 

    Put your fermenter in a location with a consistent temperature between 70° and 76° F (21°-24° C), and out of direct
    sunlight. Ferment for 14 days.


    After 14 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 (17 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 a 1-gallon container with warm water, then add the remaining ½ pack of the No-Rinse Cleanser and stir 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. 


    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

    Rated 5 out of 5 by Rusnak54 from Perfectly smooth LAGER Being from Pennsylvania myself all I can say is “America’s Oldest Brewery” now has a rival, your home. This partial mash recipe is a spot-on match for Yuengling. The only thing that could make it better is brewing it with water from PA. Hope Mr. Beer can develop the LIGHT version as well.
    Date published: 2019-08-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by South Boundary Brewing from Pretty dern close! The wife has reactions to preservatives in commercial brews, but loved Yuengling. When she heard about this clone, she said "Get it!" She really enjoyed this brew!
    Date published: 2019-10-26
    Rated 4 out of 5 by Mt50 from Good Everyday Beer I like Yuengling because it’s a good American beer with a little more taste and body than most non-craft American beers. Pennsylvania Traditional is a pretty good clone, if not exact. More taste than most layers without being too heavy and a great mouthfeel and head. Great color also. I’ll get this again. Note that it does need to go about a month conditioning to get the full flavor.
    Date published: 2020-03-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Mikey1963 from Clone at its best This tastes just like a Yuengling, which obviously is the goal. And it's nice to know I can brew a tasty lager!
    Date published: 2020-10-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by MikeP from Side by side taste test Did a side by side taste test with this and "Brand Y". We all agreed that "PTL" had a better color, and was a touch more hoppy than "Brand Y". In a blind taste test, "PTL" wins 3-0 over "Brand Y".
    Date published: 2020-10-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Kevin k from Tastes Great! I bought brewed and then bottled this brew listened to the reviews and let it condition a month. I did test at 2 weeks of conditioning and agree the extra two weeks is well worth it. I think it might actually be better than what you get out of the can from ‘yuengling which I love. My wife dont drink beer but I did a blind taste test and she said they tasted the same but picked the glass with the home brew.
    Date published: 2020-09-06
    Rated 4 out of 5 by DoubleH32 from Better than the Real Thing Not a big fan of Yuengling, but this clone recipe is better than the real thing. I did a side by side taste test. It's not quite a lager since it uses ale yeast but was easy enough to make. Ideal conditioning time is about a month, but unlike some of the other MRB lager recipes it starts to fade after a couple months. Overall a good beer better than a Yuengling, but not as good as a Boston Lager
    Date published: 2020-04-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by CLDuncan from Good Beer I steeped the grains a little longer than instructed followed the instructions other than that. Warm conditioned for 3 weeks now they are in the fridge. Small amount of sediment but i would say that i my fault. Beer has a slightly hoppy nose with malt up front and a smooth finish. I will for sure do this again maybe steep the hops for a bit before adding them to the fermentator.
    Date published: 2021-08-27
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    Should the specific gravity be about 1.006 before bottling? Thanks!

    Asked by: Thayseus
    Yep, that's actually exactly the final gravity we got on that recipe, so you're good!
    Answered by: Mr Beer
    Date published: 2023-05-18

    I see that this recipe calls for ale yeast. Has anyone tried using a lager yeast in order to land closer to it being a true lager?

    Asked by: clucente777
    Yes! If you can manage to maintain lager temps, you can use a lager yeast here. W-34-70 is one of our favorites. Cheers!
    Answered by: MRBEER
    Date published: 2021-12-22

    Is step 7 of the brewing instructions needed? Is this in addition to the 10ins from step 6?

    Asked by: Gram
    Hello, Step 7 is just a restating of step 6, and is a bit redundant. We will get that fixed. Once boil is complete, you can pull from the heat. Cheers!
    Answered by: MRBEER
    Date published: 2021-09-27

    Curious if the people that reviewed this beer used carbonated tablets or sugar in their bottling process?

    Asked by: Mark79
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