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04A1. Munich Helles

166 calories 19 carbs
Beer Stats
Method: All Grain
Style: Munich Helles
Boil Time: 60 min
Batch Size: 5.5 gallons (fermentor volume)
Pre Boil Size: 7.5 gallons
Post Boil Size: 6 gallons
Pre Boil Gravity: 1.037 (recipe based estimate)
Efficiency: 75% (brew house)
Source: WAWooldridge
Calories: 166 calories (Per 12oz)
Carbs: 19 g (Per 12oz)
Created Monday August 21st 2017
1.050
1.015
4.72%
17.9
3.8
5.4
n/a
 
Fermentables
Amount Fermentable PPG °L Bill %
9.50 lb German - Pilsner9.5 lb Pilsner 38 1.6 97.4%
0.25 lb German - Melanoidin0.25 lb Melanoidin 37 25 2.6%
9.75 lb Total      
 
Hops
Amount Variety Type AA Use Time IBU Bill %
0.25 oz Magnum0.25 oz Magnum Hops Pellet 15 Boil 60 min 14.56 25%
0.25 oz Perle0.25 oz Perle Hops Pellet 4 Boil 10 min 1.41 25%
0.25 oz Perle0.25 oz Perle Hops Pellet 8.2 Boil 5 min 1.59 25%
0.25 oz Perle0.25 oz Perle Hops Pellet 8.2 Boil 1 min 0.34 25%
 
Mash Guidelines
Amount Description Type Temp Time
21.9 qt Strike Water (All Grain) Temperature 148 °F --
qt Protein Rest Infusion 131 °F 15 min
qt Alpha-Amylase Rest Temperature 145 °F 35 min
qt Beta-Amylase Rest Temperature 158 °F 40 min
qt Mash-Out Temperature 170 °F 20 min
15.3 qt Batch Sparge Sparge 170 °F 15 min
Starting Mash Thickness: 2.25 qt/lb
 
Other Ingredients
Amount Name Type Use Time
1 tsp Irish Moss Fining Boil 15 min.
47.24 ml Phosphoric acid Water Agt Mash 1 hr.
6.17 g Phosphoric acid Water Agt Sparge 1 hr.
 
Yeast
White Labs - German Lager Yeast WLP830
Amount:
1 Each
Attenuation (custom):
76.5%
Flocculation:
Medium
Optimum Temp:
50 - 55 °F
Starter:
Yes
Fermentation Temp:
52 °F
Pitch Rate:
1.75 (M cells / ml / ° P) 451 B cells required
Yeast Pitch Rate and Starter Calculator
Priming
CO2 Level: 2.5 Volumes
 
Target Water Profile
Pilsen (Light Lager)
Ca+2 Mg+2 Na+ Cl- SO4-2 HCO3-
7 3 2 5 5 25
Add 1lb rice hulls to every 5lb of grain to help keep mash temperature evenly distributed.

Pilsner malt:
Protein rest (122-131F 15 min)

If you don't have a yeast starter pitch 2-4 vials at 60-70F and cool to 48-52F within 12-18 hours. To ferment lagers like the German's and Czech's make an active starter of 2000ml per 5 gallons. Pitch at 45-48F and let it naturally rise to 48-52F. Hold your fermentation at 48-52F for 4-6 weeks in the primary. A diacetyl rest is recommended after the last week of fermentation. Raise to 55-58F for 3-5days and crash to 40F. It is normal if lager fermentation takes 3-4 days to show any sign of krausen after pitching yeast.
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Notes

Overall Impression:
A clean, malty, gold-colored German lager with a smooth grainy-sweet malty flavor and a soft, dry finish. Subtle spicy, floral, or herbal hops and restrained bitterness help keep the balance malty but not sweet, which helps make this beer a refreshing, everyday drink.

Aroma:
Moderate grainy-sweet malt aroma. Low to moderately-low spicy, floral, or herbal hop aroma. While a clean aroma is most desirable, a very low background note of DMS is not a fault. Pleasant, clean fermentation profile, with malt dominating the balance. The freshest examples will have more of a malty-sweet aroma.
Appearance: Medium yellow to pale gold. Clear. Persistent creamy white head.

Flavor:
Moderately malty start with the suggestion of sweetness, moderate grainy-sweet malt flavor with a soft, rounded palate impression, supported by a low to medium-low hop bitterness. The finish is soft and dry, not crisp and biting. Low to moderately-low spicy, floral or herbal hop flavor. The malt dominates the hops in the palate, finish, and aftertaste, but the hops should be noticeable. There should not be any residual sweetness, simply the impression of maltiness with restrained bitterness. Very fresh examples will seem sweeter due to the fresh, rich malt character that can fade with time. Clean fermentation profile.

Mouthfeel:
Medium body. Medium carbonation. Smooth, well-lagered character.

Comments:
A fully-attenuated Pils malt showcase, Helles is a malt-accentuated beer that is not overly sweet, but rather focuses on malt flavor with underlying hop bitterness in a supporting role. Export examples can quickly lose some of the rich malt character that often suggests sweetness. Helles in Munich tends to be lighter in all aspects than those outside the city, which can be more assertive with more body, flavor, and hop character.

History:
Created in Munich in 1894 at the Spaten brewery to compete with pale Pilsner-type beers. Currently the most popular style in Southern Germany.

Characteristic Ingredients:
Continental Pilsner malt, traditional German Saazer-type hop varieties, clean German lager yeast.

Style Comparison:
Similar in malt balance and bitterness to Munich Dunkel, but less malty-sweet in nature and pale rather than dark. More body and malt presence than a German Pils, with less hop character throughout. Similar malt profile as a German Exportbier, but with less hops in the balance.

Vital Statistics:
OG: 1.044 – 1.048
FG: 1.006 – 1.012
ABV: 4.7 – 5.4%
IBUs: 16 – 22
SRM: 3 – 5

Commercial Examples:
Augustiner Lagerbier Hell, Bürgerbräu Wolznacher Hell Naturtrüb, Hacker-Pschorr Münchner Gold, Löwenbraü Original, Paulaner Premium Lager, Spaten Premium Lager, Weihenstephaner Original

Tags:
standard-strength, pale-color, bottom-fermented, lagered, central-Europe, traditional-style, pale-lager-family, malty

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