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172 calories 17.8 g 12 oz
Beer Stats
Method: All Grain
Style: Munich Helles
Boil Time: 70 min
Batch Size: 13.5 gallons (fermentor volume)
Pre Boil Size: 13.5 gallons
Post Boil Size: 11.8 gallons
Pre Boil Gravity: 1.052 (recipe based estimate)
Efficiency: 95% (brew house)
Source: Scott Garrison
Calories: 172 calories (Per 12oz)
Carbs: 17.8 g (Per 12oz)
Created Monday June 24th 2019
Amount Fermentable Cost PPG °L Bill %
16 lb German - Pilsner16 lb Pilsner 38 1.6 82.1%
3 lb German - Vienna3 lb Vienna 37 4 15.4%
8 oz German - Acidulated Malt8 oz Acidulated Malt 27 3.4 2.6%
19.50 lbs / 0.00
Amount Variety Cost Type AA Use Time IBU Bill %
0.50 oz Magnum0.5 oz Magnum Hops Pellet 12.7 Boil 60 min 8.82 20%
1.25 oz Hallertau Mittelfruh1.25 oz Hallertau Mittelfruh Hops Pellet 2.9 Boil 40 min 4.42 50%
0.75 oz Hallertau Mittelfruh0.75 oz Hallertau Mittelfruh Hops Pellet 2.9 Boil 15 min 1.5 30%
2.50 oz / 0.00
Wyeast - Bavarian Lager 2206
1 Each
Attenuation (avg):
Optimum Temp:
46 - 58 °F
Fermentation Temp:
Pitch Rate:
0.35 (M cells / ml / ° P) 230 B cells required
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CO2 Level: 2.45 Volumes
Target Water Profile
Balanced Profile
Ca+2 Mg+2 Na+ Cl- SO4-2 HCO3-
0 0 0 0 0 0
Mash Chemistry and Brewing Water Calculator

Brewed February 18, 2017 - joint effort with Jeff

Started water to boil while grinding the grains. Decided on a modified double decoction mash as we had highly modified grains and did not want to overly degrade proteins.

We brought the main mash to 133°F and pulled out about 2.5 gallons of thick mash for the decoction mash. Brought that up to 155°F and rested it for 20 min or so. Brought the decoction up to boil for 10-15 minutes. Added back to the main mash with an attempt to bring the full mash up to 153°F but even with another quart or two of water we undershot and the main mash was at 147°F.

Pulled a very large portion of the grains for the second decoction (approx 3+ Gallons) and brought that to 153°F and rested for about 20 minutes before bringing that up to a 10 minute boil. Added back what was needed to the main mash to set that at 153° for about 15 minutes. Added the remainder and additional hot water for mash out.

Absolutely no caramelization of the decoctions, everything went perfect with conversion and sparging took well over an hour but the efficiency was off the roof...estimated at 95% based upon the grain bill as we had a preboil OG around 1.053.

So we upped the boil to 13.5 gallons and adjusted hop bill slightly to get us around 18 IBUs. Had a very extensive boil and added first hop charge at 60 min, the next at 40, and the final at 15. Total boil time was 90 minutes with the first 30 unhopped to drive off DMS.

Final gravity was 1.063 or so, at 12 gallons. We decided to add 2.5 gallons spring water to bring gravity down to about 1.053. This may have reduced the effective IBUs a bit below the range we wanted but it still should be a good Helles

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