Friday, December 28, 2012

Saxony, Schwarzbier

WLP001 and WLP830 Crash cooling

Schwarzbier's are magical to me.  Cleanly fermented masterpieces, showcasing rich Pilsner malts.  Having very little hops, it is also a cheap beer to brew.  Coming in around 4.8% ABV, it is also easy to drink.

Last weekend I was sitting at the Yardhouse with my Brother-n-law, looking at the menu, I knew I wanted something different, with under 5% alcohol.  Seeing a Kostritzer Schwarzbier from Germany, I quickly ordered one.  It was a fantastic, cleanly fermented, fresh masterpiece.  It might of been that moment in time, but the beer was perfect in every way.  I ended up ordering 3 of them throughout the afternoon. 

I've only brewed 2 lagers so far on my brewing journey, so I pulled out Brewing Classic Styles (BCS) to do a little research.  It's also great timing, as my "Magic Carpet Ride" Maibock is done lagering.  So I have room in my lager fermentation fridge.  I also settled on a recipe from BCS only changing the Munich Malt, from 1 pound to 1.5 pounds. 

Schwarzbier (Black Beer)
Type: All Grain Date: 12/29/2012
Batch Size (fermenter): 6.00 gal Brewer: Chris Lewis
Boil Size: 7.17 gal Asst Brewer: Aydan Lewis, Mr and Mrs. Womble
Boil Time: 90 min Equipment: Lewys Tower
End of Boil Volume 6.24 gal Brewhouse Efficiency: 72.00 %
Final Bottling Volume: 6.00 gal Est Mash Efficiency 72.0 %
Fermentation: Lager, Single Stage Taste Rating(out of 50): TBA
Taste Notes: Please see my "Tasting Notes' for this recipe.
Amt Name Type # %/IBU
9 lbs Pilsner (2 Row) Ger (2.0 SRM) Grain 1 80.4 %
1 lbs 8.0 oz Munich Malt (9.0 SRM) Grain 2 13.4 %
11.2 oz Carafa III (525.0 SRM) Grain 3 6.3 %
1.55 oz Tettnanger [4.80 %] - Boil 60.0 min Hop 4 25.3 IBUs
0.50 oz Tettnanger [4.80 %] - Boil 10 min Hop 5 5.0 IBUs
0.50 oz Tettnanger [4.80 %] - Boil 0.0 min Hop 6 0.0 IBUs
1.0 pkg German Lager (White Labs #WLP830) [35.49 ml w/2,000 ml starter] Yeast 7 -
Beer Profile
Est Original Gravity: 1.050 SG Measured Original Gravity: 1.055 SG
Est Final Gravity: 1.010 SG Measured Final Gravity: TBA SG
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 5.2 % Actual Alcohol by Vol: TBA %
Bitterness: 30.3 IBUs Calories: TBA kcal/12oz
Est Color: 26.6 SRM
Mash Profile
Mash Name: Single Infusion, Full Body, Batch Sparge Total Grain Weight: 11 lbs 3.2 oz
Sparge Water: 5.01 gal Grain Temperature: 72.0 F
Sparge Temperature: 168.0 F Tun Temperature: 72.0 F
Adjust Temp for Equipment: FALSE Mash PH: 5.20
Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Mash In Add 14.00 qt of water at 162.5 F 151.0 F 90 min
Sparge Step: Batch sparge with 2 steps (1.43gal, 3.58gal) of 168.0 F water
Mash Notes: Simple single infusion mash for use with most modern well modified grains (about 95% of the time).
Carbonation and Storage
Carbonation Type: Keg Volumes of CO2: 2.3
Pressure/Weight: 10.59 PSI Carbonation Used: Keg with 10.59 PSI
Keg/Bottling Temperature: 41.0 F Age for: 60.00 days
Fermentation: Lager, Single Stage
Primary Fermentation:  50 Degrees for 7 days, free rising to 61 over 2 weeks. 


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