I just made these, except i used beer instead of water, and instant yeast instead of active dry. They're delicious, but next time i will do the following tweaks: use stout instead of lager. Was looking for a more pronounced flavor and the lager just didn't satisfy. i ended up using a whole bottle of lager for 5 cups of flour. (if you use beer, heat it up in your microwave before using it) keep the pretzel in the hot soda solution for around 25 seconds instead of just 10 to 15 seconds so the crust will gelatinize a bit more. remember to spray parchment with oil. The pretzels stuck to the parchment paper, but not my silpat. use 4 cups of flour to start instead of all 5.. or use more beer. haha! I also topped mine with salt and garlic powder, then brushed with garlic butter right out of the oven. Yummy, and very filling!
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I just made these, except i used beer instead of water, and instant yeast instead of active...