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Munich Helles Lager – Spaten Clone (Extract)

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

Makes an excellent light lager, but not an American light lager, slightly maltier and more bitter. Very drinkable beer, easy on the palate but not watered down at all. Helles means ‘light’ in German.
This is pretty close to Spaten.

Target Volume (Gallons) 5
Total Cost $33.35
Yield (ounces) 630
Cost per 12 oz bottle $0.64
Boil Time 60 min
GRAINS Pounds Points/Gal Total Points Cost
Extra Light DME (pilsner) 5.5 46 253 $16.50
Steep – 30 min at 150 F
German Pilsner 1 20 20 $1.50
HOPS Ounces Alpha Acids Boil Time (min) Cost
Hallertau 2 3.60% 60 $4.00

YEAST White Labs – German Lager Yeast Cost
Attenuation Low 74% $6.95
Attenuation High 79% 6 pints water, 8oz DME into growler, 70F (room temp) for 24 hours
Optimum Temp 50-55F Primary ferment at 50 for 2-3 weeks, may need 3 day dialectal rest at 65-70F
Flocculation Medium Rack and ‘lager’ at 40 for 4-6 weeks
Starter YES (48hrs @ 70F) 8 oz DME stater $1.50
STATS
Expected Original Gravity 1.055
Expected Final Gravity Theoretical 1.011 – 1.014
Expected Final Gravity Actual 1.011 – 1.013
IBUs 18.44
Apparent Attenuation 80.39% AA = 1 – FG / OG
Alcohol By Volume – Theoretical 5.85%
Alcohol By Volume – Actual 5.38%
BREWING:
½ tbs Irish Moss last 15 minutes of boil $0.10
5 tsp Gypsum, about 0.6 oz $0.75
Added half of the DME in the last 10 minutes to boost hops utilization.
Water Source Wort Tap water
Water Source Dilution Tap water
DATES Date SG Cum. Days Notes
Brewed 10/29/08 1.051 0
Racked 11/17/08 1.012 19 Dialectal rest started 11/12 @55F, 11/13 @60F, 11/14 @65F, 11/15 – room temp (68F), 11/16 – room temp (68F), 11/17 – racked
Bottled (SG pre bottling) 12/11/08 1.010 43

DRINK BY (60 days): 12/28/08
BOTTLING
Priming Method Force Carbonated $0.30
Caps, cleaners, etc
$1.75
Container Capacity Qty Total Volume
Corny Keg 640
Total Bottled: 640
TASTING
12/15/08 Clear flavor, a little bready tasting (yeast may not have settled out completely yet)
01/12/08 Slightly citrus aroma, Bready taste has dropped off completely, now we have a clear crisp slightly malty flavor.
High amount of drinkability, meaning I want another sip right away.

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