Munich Helles by Jonathan Plise | 5 Gallon Beer Recipe Kit | All-Grain

Munich Helles by Jonathan Plise | 5 Gallon Beer Recipe Kit | All-Grain

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  • Our Signature Series kits offer a selection of crazy, unique beers developed by MoreBeer! customers, associates, and homebrewing legends!
  • Malt character is upfront and smooth, anchored by a humble addition of hops
  • Includes 100% Liberty hops
  • Estimated ABV: 4.7%
  • Estimated IBUs: 13-15
  • Makes 5 gallons of finished beer

Jonathan Plise has been making beer since the year 2000 - his first batch being a porter that was less than drinkable. He then spent the next few years researching and developing his recipes, fermentation regimen, and sanitation - Jonathan's most dramatic improvements came when he learned about oxygen and yeast starters. In 2006 he was awarded California Homebrewer of the Year sponsored by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Jonathan's Munich Helles is rich and complex. The malt is upfront and smooth, while being anchored by the low hop additions. He has won 9 awards with this recipe, including one Best of Show and a Gold at the NHC in 2005. Jonathan recommends White Labs WLP833 German Bock Yeast.

  • Makes 5 gallons
  • Estimated Original Gravity: 1.048-52
  • SRM (Color Range): 4
  • IBUs: 13-15
  • Estimated Alcohol Percentage: 4.7%

Our recipe kits DO NOT include grain bags, yeast or priming sugar. To find our yeast recommendations, choose your preferred kit option above and then select the drop-down menu under “Yeast Options”.  For more info, click on the recommended yeast(s) below in the “You Might Also Need” section below. All grains will come milled, unless you select unmilled base malts.
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I like to party
randall b on Nov 10, 2022
Favorite of a good friend
Kenneth V on Mar 30, 2022
I like to party
randall b on Nov 10, 2022
Something different
Robert S on Oct 21, 2022
Favorite of a good friend
Kenneth V on Mar 30, 2022
My wife loves Helles
Joe Oestreich on Feb 12, 2022
It sounded delicious, and the temperature right now is conducive to attempting a lager in my brew space.
S R on Feb 11, 2022
making lagers in the winter
matthew adam c on Jan 11, 2022
This is my favorite light lager!
David Maas on Mar 31, 2021
I read about Jonathan Plise who first created this brew, so I want to check check it out.
Kenneth S on Mar 5, 2021
Wanted a light beer
Jason N on Dec 1, 2020
wanted to brew a lager
Brandon H on Oct 6, 2020
I know the person that made this kit. He's very hansom.
Jonathan P on Mar 27, 2020
Looks good
Bill Black on Feb 10, 2020
i wanted a helles and the reviews were good
Edward C on May 3, 2019
Brewed before and it turned out great.
Kevin Johnson on Mar 1, 2019
It's a great lager!
Don R on Dec 1, 2018
I love this kit! Made it many times. A great summer beer.
John E. D. Larkin on May 22, 2018
Something different
Robert S on Oct 21, 2022
My wife loves Helles
Joe Oestreich on Feb 12, 2022
What is the fermentation time on this kit?
Jesse Emling on Jan 21, 2022
BEST ANSWER: Hey Jesse - I suggest using Fermentis Dry Yeast S-189 for this kit. Fermentation should be done in 12-14 days. I suggest going 9 days at 53-55F then do a diacetyl rest at 55-57F for 3 days. Added Morebeer's new Silifine (10ml per 5 gal) on day 13 at 48F. Let stand for 48hours and keg. Enjoy!
Fermentis | SafLager™ S-189 Lager | 11.5 g
Fermentis | SafLager™ S-189 Lager | 11.5 g
CellarScience SilaFine - 32 oz
CellarScience SilaFine - 32 oz
Hello, I want to brew 10 gallons. I will buy 2 kits, can I cook them at the same time? Following the same instructions as of 5 gallons??
Miguel Garcia Rojas (100) on Oct 25, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Hello. That is exactly how you do it! You combine all of the ingredients and add them at the same time as the instructions say. All of the cooking times are still exactly the same too. It may take you longer to heat up the bigger volume, but still you will boil the wort for the same time that the instructions say. Hope that helps. Cheers!
Hi there... what is the expected Final Gravity for this beer?
Miguel Garcia Rojas (100) on Jan 23, 2021
BEST ANSWER: Depending on the yeast used, I would expect a 1.008-1.012 Final Gravity. I recommend using the Fermentis Dry 34/70 for this recipe.

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Rated 5 out of 5
Great Kit!
You will not be disappointed with this kit. I brewed it with Saflager 34/70 and it is perfect!
November 12, 2020
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Nice recipe, clean, bright golden and smooth flavor, *****
February 1, 2020
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
A beautiful example of the style.
A crisp and refreshing lager that is beautifully golden in color. The recipe is full of flavor with a hint of sweetness. I made a 2-liter starter for a 5-gallon batch.
January 25, 2018
over 6 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Nice light lager with a brief, crisp/bright hit of sweetness on the back of the swallow. I used a 4 liter starter of wlp802 for a 10 gallon batch of all grain.
December 11, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5
Clean crisp lager
This turned out beautifully, a crisp biscuitty lager with good style characteristics. I might add an extra half pound of Munich malt next time for myself, but was happy with the results.
November 3, 2014