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European Amber Lager

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Tasting Notes:

Wonderfully malty, with just enough bitterness to balance the slight sweetness.

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Ingredients
Malt
  1. 5.00 lb Vienna Malt (3.5 SRM) Grain 47.62 %
  2. 3.00 lb Munich Malt (5.5 SRM) Grain 28.57 %
  3. 2.50 lb Pilsner (2 Row) Ger (2.0 SRM) Grain 23.81 %
Hops
  1. 1.80 oz Hallertauer Hersbrucker [4.00 %] (60 min) Hops 25.3 IBU
Yeast
  1. WY2124/WLP830/SafLager W-34/70

Steps
  1. Mash/Grains: Mash Name: Decoction Mash, Double Total Grain Weight: 10.50 lb
  2. Mash/Grains: 60 min Step Add 18.90 qt of water at 102.6 F 97.0 F
  3. Mash/Grains: After 20 minutes, pull the decoction in step 2 and begin heating it up, stopping at 133F and 160F for about 20 minutes each for the protein and saccharification rests.
  4. Mash/Grains: Boil the decoction for 10 minutes, then slowly add enough back to the MLT to bring the temperature up to 133F.
  5. Mash/Grains: Continue boiling the rest of the decoction for another 15 minutes. Then slowly add the decoction to the MLT until you achieve saccharification rest temperatures.
  6. Mash/Grains: 60 min Step Decoct 11.32 qt of mash and boil it 150.0 F
  7. Mash/Grains: When 15 minutes is left in the saccharification rest, begin 15 min Decoct 7.10 qt of mash and boil it 170.0 F Vorlauf and drain first runnings.
  8. Mash/Grains: Then I batch sparge with: 10 min Step Add 10.00 qt of water at 170.0 F
  9. Boil: Start your boil and set your timer to 90 minutes.
  10. Boil: At 60 minutes, add 1.80 oz. Hallertauer Hersbrucker hops.
  11. Fermentation: Cool your wort and pitch your yeast. Primary for 21 days @ 50F.
  12. Fermentation: Secondary: 8 weeks @ 38F.

Recipe Notes

I'm really happy with this beer. It's formulated using a strategy I've found to be hugely successful lately: simplicity. Three base grains, one hop and a big clean flavor that really showcases the malts. This is an easy-drinker that just about everyone loves and that is perfect for those drinking sessions that go late into the night. I brewed it in March with plans of drinking in September/October, as is traditional for Märzens, but it's so good it will be tough holding out that long!

Beer Stats
  • Style: European Amber Lager
  • OG: 1.059
  • FG: 1.014
  • ABV: 5.9%
  • IBU: 25
  • Color: 8
Recipe Stats
  • Type: All-Grain
  • Batch Size: 5.5 gal.
  • Boiling Time: 90 min.

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