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German McAltbier

German McAltbier

Northern German Altbier • All Grain • 10.5 gal


Ferment at 60F

July 10, 2013 at 03:25pm

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Ingredients (All Grain10.5 gal)

  • 16 lbs Pilsen Malt; Briess

    Pilsen Malt; Briess

    Subtly sweet maltiness. Characteristics & Applications: • Can be used as a base malt. • More pronounced malty flavor than 2-Row Brewers Malt. • Use with 2-Row Brewers Malt for rich malt flavor and additional color. • Produced from AMBA/BMBRI recommended 2-Row Malting Barley varieties.

  • 2 lbs Munich TYPE II; Weyermann

    Munich TYPE II; Weyermann

    German-grown two-row spring barley (2004 harvest). Product Characteristics: Imparts strongly malty notes to finished beer. Intended mainly for dark ales and lagers. Recommended Quantities: Up to 100% of total grain bill Suitability (beer styles): Lagers: Oktoberfestbier, Märzen, Bockbier, Dunkel. Ales: Dark, Stout

  • .5 lbs Weyermann CaraMunich® II; Weyermann

    Weyermann CaraMunich® II; Weyermann

    Provides body. For Oktoberfest, bock, porter, stout, red, amber and brown ales.

  • .35 lbs Weyermann Carafa Special® TYPE II; Weyermann

    Weyermann Carafa Special® TYPE II; Weyermann

    German-grown two-row spring barley (2004 harvest). Product Characteristics: CARAFA SPECIAL® is the de-husked version of CARAFA®. Using our unique process, we remove the husks from carefully selected grains before malting and roasting them. Reduces astringency and bitterness, while adding coffee-brown color, a coffee-like bouquet, dark- beer aroma, as well as body and mouthfeel to finished beer⎯but without introducing harsh flavors. Even small amounts of CARAFA SPECIAL® malts in the grain bill produce dark beers of unusual smoothness and mildness with a firm, creamy, white head. Recommended Quantities: Up to 5% of total grain bill Suitability (beer styles): Lagers: Dunkel, Doppelbock Ales: Dark, Stout, Altbier

  • .35 lbs Pale Chocolate Malt; Thomas Fawcett

    Pale Chocolate Malt; Thomas Fawcett

    Roasted coffee flavor.

  • 1 oz Magnum - 14.6 AA% pellets; boiled 50 min


    A West Coast hop with high Alpha Acid. Excellent bittering hop.

  • White Labs WLP036 Dusseldorf Alt

    White Labs WLP036 Dusseldorf Alt

    Traditional Alt yeast from Dusseldorf, Germany. Produces clean, slightly sweet alt beers. Does not accentuate hop flavor as WLP029 does.

Style (BJCP)

Category: 7 - Amber Hybrid Beer

Subcategory: A - Northern German Altbier

Range for this Style
Original Gravity: 1.051 1.046 - 1.054
Terminal Gravity: 1.012 1.010 - 1.015
Color: 15.9 SRM 13 - 19
Alcohol: 5.1% ABV 4.5% - 5.2%
Bitterness: 31.8 IBU 25 - 40



Brewed 7/11/13

2013-07-12 9:40am

Hit the numbers. Mashed 90 minutes at 149F. Boiled 90 minutes. Pitched 4 liter (24hr) starter (2 liter per carboy) into 1.051 S.G wort at 67 degrees. Into the fridge, set at 60 degrees. Next morning, active fermentation, 60 degree wort.



2013-07-30 10:35am

Fermented in about 3 days at 60 degrees. On day 4 I removed from the temp control fridge, and let it sit at basement temp (68) until I kegged 7/29. F.G. 1.016, which is a little higher than I would have liked. Not sure why attenuation was low, but I can only suspect the mash, as the ferment was vigorous and the beer tastes pretty good.


First place

2013-09-16 11:35am

Even though this finished a little high, it was a tasty beer and took first place (out of 17 in the flight) at the Dayton DRAFT competition 9/12/13.

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