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Heimeran Helles

173.12 calories 20.08 g 12 oz
Beer Stats
Method: Extract
Style: Munich Helles
Boil Time: 60 min
Batch Size: 5.25 gallons (fermentor volume)
Pre Boil Size: 6.5 gallons
Pre Boil Gravity: 1.039 (recipe based estimate)
Efficiency: 35% (steeping grains only)
Source: Jason McKibben
Calories: (Per 12oz)
Carbs: (Per 12oz)
Created Friday March 21st 2014
Amount Fermentable Cost PPG °L Bill %
6 lb Dry Malt Extract - Pilsen6 lb Dry Malt Extract - Pilsen 42 2 88.9%
0.50 lb Liquid Malt Extract - Munich0.5 lb Liquid Malt Extract - Munich - (late addition) 35 8 7.4%
6.5 lb / 0.00
Steeping Grains
Amount Fermentable Cost PPG °L Bill %
0.25 lb German - Melanoidin0.25 lb Melanoidin 37 25 3.7%
Amount Variety Cost Type AA Use Time IBU Bill %
0.50 oz Hallertau Hersbrucker0.5 oz Hallertau Hersbrucker Hops Pellet 4 Boil 60 min 7.97 33.3%
1 oz Hallertau Hersbrucker1 oz Hallertau Hersbrucker Hops Pellet 4 Boil 30 min 12.25 66.7%
1.5 oz / 0.00
Other Ingredients
Amount Name Cost Type Use Time
0.50 each whirlfloc Fining Boil 10 min.
0.50 tsp yeast nutrient Other Boil 10 min.
White Labs - Munich Helles Yeast WLP860
1 Each
Attenuation (avg):
Optimum Temp:
48 - 52 °F
Fermentation Temp:
48 °F
Pitch Rate:
1.5 (M cells / ml / ° P) 383 B cells required
0.00 Yeast Pitch Rate and Starter Calculator
Target Water Profile
Ca+2 Mg+2 Na+ Cl- SO4-2 HCO3-
0 0 0 0 0 0

1.75 L starter made w/ 3 vials whitelabs munich helles 860.

Actual OG 1.051

Cooled w/ wort chiller to 65, racked to carboy and chilled further in chest freezer to 45 (achieved 7 hours later). Aerated and pitched the decanted (chilled) starter. Let temp slowly rise. Krausen activity 24-30 hours later @ 48 degrees. Hit 50 degrees about 36 hours after pitching. Hold at 50.

Down to 1.023 on day 5. Bumped temp up a degree.

Day 6 bumped temp to 53.

1.016 on day 8 and bumped up to 60. sample tasted good. No diacetyl as far as I can tell. Still planning to keep it at 60 for a couple days before lagering, just to be safe.

Transferred to secondary and dropped temp a couple degrees a day until it hit 34. Kept it there 4 weeks, then bottled w/ corn sugar and a bit of washed yeast (probably not necessary).

06/13/14 (4 weeks in bottle) - The beer lacks the maltiness that I was expecting from a munich helles. It's actually pretty fruity, especially in a side by side comparison w/ Andechs Vollbier Hell. Not sure why. Maybe I didn't aerate it well enough, or perhaps I didn't lager it long enough. I enjoy drinking it, but it definitely has a more American flavor profile than I was hoping for. I thought the sample at bottling time was more malty, but can't be certain. KEEP BETTER NOTES!!!

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