A malty, full-bodied, spicy amber beer that is similar in style to Paulaner Oktoberfest. This is an award winning recipe.
Specialty malts: Caravienne®, Caramunich®
Featured hops: Hallertau Mittelfruh
O.G. = 1.054
F.G. = 1.015
Approximately 5.1% ABV
Approximately 181 Cal / 12 oz
Makes 5 US gallons
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We are currently in the lagering stage but all ingredients arrived in excellent condition. The grains were contained in a grain sock and appeared fresh. We had no issue with the yeast. Had a wonderful time making it.
I must admit this came out better than I expected with myself not having a temperature controlled fermentation chamber. I used US05 yeast and fermented in the high 60's. I kegged the beer, so it was ready to go in about a month. Great head, nice balance, incredibly drinkable. I'm glad I ordered 2 of these. The second batch I will be adding a tad more Munich malt and possibly an extra half ounce of aroma hops, but that is my personal preference. Next time this goes on sale I will be ordering a few more.
I brewed the extract with specialty grains version of this beer in July 2015 for an Oktoberfest party in late October 2015. I did the initial fermentation at 50 degrees for two weeks, did a diacetyl rest at room temperature, then lagered at 35 degrees for two months. I used the WL liquid yeast for Oktoberfest. The beer was a hit, though I think I will make a Festbier next year because a traditional Oktoberfest may be too heavy for all my friends who don't appreciate a malty beer.
OK, time and cold temps helped age this baby. Please strike my last post. This is great beer. One that I'll be doing yearly. -coachG
This was my first true all-grain (where I lautered properly, boilded all 5 gallons, etc.) as well as my first well-controlled lager. It was absolutely delicious. I must not have extracted anough work (or boiled too vigorously) because my final yield was closer to 4 than 5 gallons. So it was a little sweet, but it was warming, well-hopped, clean, and balanced. I would recommend this recipe to anyone committed to the additional processing called for.