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Brew a Refreshingly Flavorful India Pale Lager with Bergsteiger Recipe

Brew a Refreshingly Flavorful India Pale Lager with Bergsteiger Recipe

How to Make the Perfect Bergsteiger India Pale Lager at Home


Craft beer has taken over the world by storm and the popularity of beer varieties like India Pale Ale (IPA) and Lager have contributed to the increasing demand for unique blends that offer the perfect balance of flavors. The Bergsteiger India Pale Lager recipe is an exciting fusion of two beer types that are sure to delight even the most discerning taste buds.


Before getting started on the recipe, it is important to gather all the necessary ingredients. Here’s everything you will need:

  • 6.6 lbs. of Light Liquid Malt Extract
  • 1 lb. of Crystal 15L Malt
  • 8 oz. of Flaked Maize
  • 1.5 oz. of Chinook hops (Bittering)
  • .5 oz. of Centennial hops (Aroma)
  • 1 oz. of Citra hops (Dry Hop)
  • 2 packs of Liquid Lager Yeast

The Process

Step 1: Steep the Grains

Begin by steeping the Crystal 15L malt and Flaked Maize in 2.5 gallons of water at 155°F for 30 minutes. Use a muslin bag to contain the grains and perforate the bag to allow for easier water penetration.

Step 2: Add the Malt Extract

Add the 6.6 lbs. of Light Malt Extract to the pot and stir it well with the steeping grains. Make sure that the malt is completely dissolved and the temperature remains at 155°F.

Step 3: Boil and Add Hops

Once the malt extract is fully integrated, bring the mixture to a boil. Add 1.5 oz. of Chinook hops and let it simmer for 60 minutes. After the 60 minutes, add .5 oz. of Centennial hops and let it sit for an additional 10 minutes.

Step 4: Add the Dry Hops and Chill

After 70 minutes of simmering and steeping, add 1 oz. of Citra hops and let the brew cool down to 70°F and then transfer it to a fermenter. Once the transfer is complete, sprinkle 2 packs of liquid yeast into the fermenter.

Step 5: Ferment and Age

Seal the fermenter with an airlock and let it sit at room temperature (normally between 65-70°F) for about 2 weeks. After the fermentation period, transfer the beer to a secondary fermenter and allow the beer to age for about 1 to 2 weeks.


Congratulations, you have just created your own homemade Bergsteiger India Pale Lager! This unique beer recipe is perfect for first-time brewers looking to try something new and experiment with hops like Citra, Chinook, and Centennial. So, have fun experimenting and be sure to share with your friends and family if you end up with a great recipe!


Dustin is a writer about craft beer and a professional brewer in the city of Chicago. He has written for several magazines and has over a decade of experience in the beer industry. He is currently working on a book about the history of beer in Chicago.

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