Oktoberfest/Marzen planned brew

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  1. Hamner Brewhouse

    Hamner Brewhouse Active Member

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    Any suggestions on altering ratios or probably be alright?

    46% Vienna
    41% Light Munich
    8.5% Dark Munich
    4.5% Carmel 60
    1 oz Northern Brewer @ 60 minutes
    1 oz Saaz @ 20 minutes
    2 packs 34/70

    5 gal batch. Predictions are coming in at: 1.056 SG, 1.010 FG, & IBU 31.7
     

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    You may be a touch high on IBU and BU/GU ratio if you’re trying to match the classical style. I would be inclined to drop the IBU down to maybe 26-28. This would give you a bit more malt-forward flavor.

    But it’s a matter of taste preference. The recipe as written should give you a pretty tasty beer.
     
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    I personally would use no crystal but if I did, I would go with a bit of caramunich at a lower percentage. As Bubba said, other than being a little on the bitter side it should make a tasty brew.
     
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    Thank you for the feedback. I will play around with the numbers. Shouldn't take much to lower IBUs. I was putting the C60 in for color and thinking the 1/2 lb wouldn't add much flavor. Oddly enough I forgot to pick up C60 while I was at Northern Brewer. As it's listed the color is 11 SRM. I have a few ounces of Chocolate, English Roasted, & Black that I could use to give it some color.

    Substituting 1 oz English Roasted Barley & using only 3/4 oz Northern Brewer gets me to the 11 SRM & 26 IBUs.
     
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    You can skip the dark roast and will will be good, you don’t want roasty. As written I looks tasty, caramunich would be better for the style. You can go all Munich and Vienna and be a good Märzen. Dark Munich is great
     
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    I highly doubt itll finish that low try 1.014 maybe I hope I'm wrong;).
     
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    You're probably not wrong. :)
     
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    Good call. 1 oz of RB won't come through in flavor and should give you some of your color back.
     
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    The recipe looks great! - I'm with the others on the c60 though - I'm glad you forgot it:)
    The RB will work in that low quantity - boiling longer would darken it up too. :)

    Good luck and Keep us posted on the results!
     
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    During the 1st week of fermentation temps didn't get below 61 F. The highest it reached was 64.4 F. Airlock activity seems nonexistent now & temp @ 59 F. I plan to let it ride a full three weeks before lagering.

    What is the average time you all lager your lagers? I'm leaning toward 2 months, which will put me into mid January.
     
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    I lager my Maerzen about five months. Likely not necessary but I do. Aside from that, a month of lagering is more than enough for table-strength beers. Stronger ones need longer - up to three months. Rule of thumb: When it's clear and tastes good, it's done. That's one reason I generally lager in a keg under pressure.
     

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