Festbier

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  1. Iliff Avenue Brewhouse

    Iliff Avenue Brewhouse Well-Known Member

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    #1 Iliff Avenue Brewhouse, Aug 28, 2020
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    https://www.brewersfriend.com/homebrew/recipe/view/302575/festbier

    What ya think? I like my lagers simple with little if any crystal malt. Going to be drinking a ton of marzen starting in a couple of weeks so didn’t feel the need to brew one.

    Yeast will be a blend of 34/70 and s-189. Considering a mix of Munich i/ii and possibly a touch of carahell. Yellow malty water. I can switch to German hops but don’t see the need.
     
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    Iliff Avenue Brewhouse Well-Known Member

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    Changed the recipe. Decided to take my maibock and scale it down.
     
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    Looks good to me. Nice and simple, I wouldn’t change a thing.

    Good luck!
     
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    Sweet! - I like the looks of it! Nothing like a good malty festbeir!
    Just out of curiosity:
    What do you think your mash schedule will look like? A single infusion or stepped?
    Are you using distilled water and adding salts to hit the target water profile?
     
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    Iliff Avenue Brewhouse Well-Known Member

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    I don't mess around with anything other than single infusion these days. I have been working on streamlining everything and getting a brew done quickly. I have good tap water so I am able to hit pretty much any profile with some gypsum, calcium chloride, and lactic acid.
     
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    Nice! Having solid tap water is a game changer! (At least it was for me).
    Good luck on the brew! Fall and Winter are my favorite beer seasons! - Especially because of lagers like these!
     
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    Thanks all! I love when I get positive feedback! I just brewed the other night so probably won't get to this for a couple of weeks. I will try to update.
     
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    #8 Josh Hughes, Aug 28, 2020
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    That looks like it will be tasty. I’m going 80-85% Pilsner and the rest 10L Munich this weekend. I was toying with a Pilsner but I only have enough Pilsen malt left to get it to About 4% abv so I need to go a different route. After chatting with @Nosybear about a high ibu Pilsner I’m going to go close to 50 ibu. I would simply make that if I had more Pilsner.
     
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    Yeah my tap water is butt...
     
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    Keep it Noble and keep it early in the boil! Noble hops boiled long provide a kind of "woody" flavor reminiscent of cedar and later they tend to go grassy. Guess what? I'd reduce to around 30 IBUs and call it a Festbier. If you're at 4% ABV, drop it to 25. And as stated, boil the noble hops long. You'll like the flavor.
     
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    Not trying to hijack but it is still talking Festbier
    How about?
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    Getting around to brewing this tonight. Made some tweaks to the hops to make it 100% German ingredients.
     
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    I brewed it last week. Upped the ibu a little and used a touch less malt. So I guess it a session friendly Festbier.
     
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    this was bottom of the bucket. What I bottled was clear. Nice and balanced but bready. Not sure if it’s to style it I’ll enjoy it
     
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    #15 Iliff Avenue Brewhouse, Sep 30, 2020
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    This turned out fantastic. Right in between a helles and a helles bock which is pretty much what I was going for. The only improvement in future iterations might be to increase the amount of munich malt a bit to get it a little more malt forward.

    I'll try to remember to post a pic soon.
     
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    That’s awesome. I put mine in the fridge to “lager” for a few weeks after 16 days carbing in a bottle. Had a half bottle I opened and it was carbed and taste good. Mine had more bitterness than my Helles. Was nice I thought.
     
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