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Lunchtime Lager

What’s in a Name?

What’s better than a great beer at lunch?  Not much. But, you’ve got a lot of things to get done, and you don’t want lunch to slow you down.  That’s why this is the beer for you.  A 3.5% ABV light American lager, brewed to perfection and great to pair with almost any type of food.

Schoolhouse’s Take on this Style

Some would call this the brewer’s beer, or maybe your shifty.  The use of Pilsen malt gives this a crispy cracker taste along with a touch of acidulated malt giving it a clean finish.  This is not your parent’s yellow fizzy water in a can.  Lunchtime will never be the same.

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Lunchtime Lager

  • Author: tmonti
  • Total Time: 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 5 gallons


Highly carbonated, very light-bodied, nearly flavorless lager designed to be consumed very cold. Very refreshing and thirst-quenching.  Lunchtime Lager is meant to be consumed while mowing the yard, on the boat, or just to kill that urge for a beer!



5lb Pilsen Malt*

12oz Acidulated Malt

1lb Carapils Malt


.5oz East Kent Golding (60 Min)

.25oz Citra (Whirlpool)


Safale WB 34/70

*Extract Sub

3.3 Pilsen Light LME

2 lb Pilsen Light DME

Some substitutions may be used due to product availability



  1. Mash in with 2.10 gallons of water at 164 Degrees F (1 hour)*
  2. Sparge with 5.5 gallons of water at 168 Degrees F*
  3. Bring to boil
  4. Boil for 1 hour
  5. Add .5 oz East Kent Golding 60 mins
  6. Add .25 oz Citra at Whirlpool/Flameout
  7. Cool wort to 68 Degrees F as quickly as possible**
  8. Add Yeast 
  9. Ferment for 21 days at 48F-55F (if you secondary ferment, transfer at day 7)
  10. If doing a diacetyl rest, increase temp to 65F for 3 days.
  11. Drop temp by 2F each day until fermentation temp reaches the low 40sF.
  12. Lagering should be completed about 50 days from your brew day.
  13. Add 4 oz of priming sugar to beer and bottle
  14. Age in bottles for approximately 7 days
  15. Drink and repeat often

Extract Notes:

*Steep grains for 30 min in 3 gallons of water at 155F.  Remove steeping grains and begin heating to a boil.   At boiling point, remove from heat and add extract.  Mix thoroughly.  Return to heat and boil for 60 min.

**Top off to 5 gallons with water. 



EST OG 1.038

EST FG 1.008

EST ABV 3.5%

all kits include a muslin bag, priming sugar, caps, and all ingredients aforementioned. 

  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 240 min
  • Category: American Light Lager

Keywords: American Light Lager

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American Light Lager Tasting Notes (BJCP 2015)


Very pale straw to pale yellow color. White, frothy head seldom persists. Very clear.


Low to no malt aroma, although it can be perceived as grainy, sweet, or corn-like if present. Hop aroma is light to none, with a spicy or floral hop character if present. While a clean fermentation character is desirable, a light amount of yeast character (particularly a light apple fruitiness) is not a fault. Light DMS is not a fault.


Relatively neutral palate with a crisp and dry finish and a low to very low grainy or corn-like flavor that might be perceived as sweetness due to the low bitterness. Hop flavor ranges from none to low levels, and can have a floral, spicy, or herbal quality (although rarely strong enough to detect). Low to very low hop bitterness. Balance may vary from slightly malty to slightly bitter, but is relatively close to even. High levels of carbonation may accentuate the crispness of the dry finish. Clean lager fermentation character.

Headbrewer Schoolhouse

Thomas Monti

Head Brewer

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