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Marzen 2016 Oktoberfest!

June 26th, 2016

I already can’t wait for the Fall! One week in to Summer and I’ve had enough! So in the spirit of getting ready for Fall I brewed up a nice Marzen today. It’ll be on the pale side for this style but in the past I didn’t enjoy those which had Crystal or Melanoidin malts. I thought about doing a decoction but didn’t think I’d have the time today.

June 26 Update:
Brew day went perfectly fine. The gravity ended up high at about 1.061. I guess we’ll see how it ends up! Going to pitch WLP830 from my previous small batch lager. I have more than enough for 10 gallons.
July 4, 2016 Update
Visible fermentation has stopped almost completely. The final gravity is currently around 1.017 which is a little high for style. It’s bitter enough though which holds up to it. After about a week I brought the temperature up closer to 65F for a few days. Going to leave it in the 50’s for a few more days before bringing it down to 40F. Hopefully it’ll dry out a tad more but either way it’ll be very drinkable. Has a nice herbal lemon hop thing going on to support the soft bready aromas you expect out of this beer.

July 25, 2016
This beer is really wonderful. A nice high carbonation gives the impression of dryness appropriate to this style. Bready, toasty with a nice rich maltiness that doesn’t hit sweet. It’s color is a little too golden for the oktoberfest style but who cares. Call it a festbier if you like! Will easily drink all 10 gallons. Will rebrew and add a decoction to gauge effects.

Recipe Details

Batch Size Boil Time IBU SRM Est. OG Est. FG ABV
11 gal 90 min 23.8 IBUs 6.6 SRM 1.057 1.012 5.8 %

Style Details

Name Cat. OG Range FG Range IBU SRM Carb ABV
Marzen 6 A 1.054 - 1.06 1.01 - 1.014 18 - 24 8 - 17 2.5 - 3 5.8 - 6.3 %

Fermentables

Name Amount %
Pilsner (Weyermann) 15 lbs 55.56
Munich (BestMälz) 7 lbs 25.93
Vienna (BestMälz) 5 lbs 18.52

Hops

Name Amount Time Use Form Alpha %
Magnum 1 oz 70 min Boil Pellet 13
Hallertauer Hersbrucker 1 oz 15 min Boil Pellet 2

Yeast

Name Lab Attenuation Temperature
German Lager (WLP830) White Labs 77% 50°F - 55°F

Mash

Step Temperature Time
Saccharification 152°F 60 min
Mash Out 168°F 10 min

Jamil’s Marzen Brewed August 2012

August 4th, 2012

Time to get some Oktoberfest beers in the fermenter.  Water is 100% Baton Rouge water.  Modification of 1 1/2 teaspoon of chalk, 1/2 teaspoon of gypsum and 1/3 teaspoon of calcium chloride.

How it Actually Went:

Hit the mash temperature spot on.   Based on feedback from Andrew at Parish Brewing I checked my ph to be sure my mashes are ending up at the right ph and they are.(which means the other part of his comment about too much roasted grains in the porter was the problem)   Ran off 7 gallons and boiled down to 1.052 which was a little low.   I am going to go ahead and adjust my efficiency to 67% for the sake of coming in right.   I will likely tighten the screw on the malt mill to see what tat does.    This beer is on the right in the fermenting tank.   It and the Vienna look a lot alike in the fermenter.  Pitched the starter and it appears to be fermenting albeit a bit slower than the Vienna.

Update 9/22/2012

Interesting enough around 9/10/2012 the Vienna had fermented out completely while the Oktoberfest stalled at 1.035.  I had cold crashed thinking both were done but actually the White Labs Oktoberfest yeast had started very slow and probably needed to be left at 50 degrees for much longer.   I believe in the future I will make sure to let this yeast primary for a long time and make larger than normal starters.    Interesting enough this led to another experiment.   I brought the fermenter temperature up to right at 65 degrees and pitched a package of Safale 05.   It fermented the beer down to 1.016 and it tastes pretty darn good!   So beer not wasted.   All’s well that ends well with more knowledge and a decent yet strange Oktoberfest.

Two days after the 1.016 it finished out further to 1.014 so right on target and very nice.   I’m calling it a Foktoberfest for an F’d up Oktoberfest.

 

Name: Jamils Marzen
Description: strike water will be 16 quarts at 163F. targeting 152F.    water profile will be palmers marzen profile
Post Boil Volume: 6.00
Pre Boil Volume: 7.00
Mash Time: 60.00
Boil Time: 90.00
Desired Original Gravity: 1.055
Desired Final Gravity: 1.015
Calculated Likely ABV% Based on Specified Gravities: 5.240
Users Targeted ABV%: 5.400
Desired CO2 Volumes: 2.5
Anticipated Brewhouse Efficiency: 68
Likely Original Gravity at 6.00 Based on Grains and Efficiency: @ 68% = 322 GU = 1.054

Grain: Caramunich Malt qty:1
Grain: Munich Malt qty:4
Grain: Pilsner (2 Row) Ger qty:5
Grain: Vienna Malt qty:3

Hop : Hallertauer qty:1.5 at:60 mins. AA=4.80
Hop : Hallertauer qty:0.5 at:10 mins. AA=4.80

Yeast: Octoberfest/Marzen Lager qty:1 Max temp: 58.0 Min temp: 52.0

Style Name: Oktoberfest/Märzen (European Amber Lager)
Jamils Marzen Pocket Brewer XML Code»

Jamils Marzen BeerXML Code»

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