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Amber Bitter European Lager - Altbier


A well-balanced, well-attenuated, bitter yet malty, clean, and smooth, amber- to copper-colored German beer. The bitterness is balanced by the malt richness, but the malt intensity and character can range from moderate to high (the bitterness increases wi

Flavor Profile: Assertive hop bitterness well balanced by a sturdy yet clean and crisp malt character. The malt presence is moderated by medium-high to high attenuation, but considerable rich, complex, and somewhat grainy malt flavors can remain. Some fruity esters (espe

Ingredients: Grists vary, but usually consist of German base malts (usually Pils, sometimes Munich) with small amounts of crystal, chocolate, and/or black malts used to adjust color. Occasionally will include some wheat, including roasted wheat. Spalt hops are traditi

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Top 10 Altbier Recipes

Title Size ABV IBU OG FG Color Method Views
Long Trail Ale Clone
8.57 gal 4.61% 15.01 1.046 1.011
All Grain 4970
Altbier 2
5.5 gal 5.14% 35.3 1.052 1.013
All Grain 3549
Sleigh'r Clone (double alt)
5 gal 7.2% 66.18 1.068 1.013
All Grain 3056
Alt Bier northern German style
5.5 gal 5.07% 41.25 1.050 1.011
All Grain 2561
Herring Flight II
5.5 gal 5.04% 34.57 1.051 1.013
extract 2526
Alt - Who Goes There
23 L 5.13% 24.51 1.050 1.010
BIAB 2437
Birra Vecchia - Altbier
28 L 5.48% 33.8 1.050 1.008
All Grain 2372
Altbier-Tabarnak 2e essaie
18.5 L 5.06% 42.17 1.056 1.017
All Grain 2242
alt
1 gal 4.69% 35.73 1.048 1.012
All Grain 2040
Something Dark
6.2 gal 5.64% 28.27 1.058 1.015
All Grain 1737

Newest Altbier Recipes

Title Size ABV IBU OG FG Color Method Views
Rock Altbier
5.5 gal 5.06% 47.38 1.047 1.008
BIAB 50
Is it cold in here or is it just me Altbier
5.5 gal 5.11% 36.74 1.052 1.013
All Grain 14
Dussel Altbier
23 L 4.66% 34.01 1.047 1.012
extract 27
Altbier
5.5 gal 4.9% 38.95 1.050 1.012
All Grain 87
Sm-alty
5.5 gal 4.24% 0 1.043 1.011
All Grain 22
Altbier V1
21 L 5.51% 40.56 1.054 1.012
All Grain 26
Düsseldorfer Altbier
12 L 5% 43.58 1.054 1.016
BIAB 108
Altbier
5.5 gal 4.43% 38.62 1.049 1.015
extract 28
Awesome altbierish
10000 L 4.92% 23.34 1.050 1.013
All Grain 103
Altbier
22 L 5.01% 46.3 1.048 1.009
All Grain 59

Fermentables Used In Altbier Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Country Category Type Color PPG Avg. Usage Usage Range
Munich - Light 10L 192 Grain specialty malt 10°L
33 33% 2% - 100%
German - Pilsner 174 German Grain base malt 1.6°L
38 59% 8% - 99%
German - Carafa II 89 German Grain roasted malt 425°L
32 2% 1% - 11%
Munich Dark 20L 85 Grain specialty malt 20°L
34 23% 2% - 100%
German - CaraMunich I 68 German Grain crystal malt 39°L
34 7% 2% - 40%
German - CaraMunich II 68 German Grain crystal malt 46°L
34 6% 2% - 21%
German - Vienna 58 German Grain base malt 4°L
37 20% 4% - 56%
German - CaraMunich III 53 German Grain crystal malt 57°L
34 6% 2% - 18%
American - Pilsner 49 American Grain base malt 1.8°L
37 54% 7% - 98%
Munich 49 Grain specialty malt 6°L
37 28% 1% - 85%

Hops Used In Altbier Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Average AA Avg. Usage Usage Range
Magnum 141 15 46% 5% - 100%
Tettnanger 123 4.5 39% 6% - 100%
Spalt 93 4.5 39% 6% - 100%
Perle 72 8.2 40% 7% - 100%
Saaz 69 3.5 35% 10% - 79%
Hallertau Mittelfruh 69 3.75 35% 8% - 100%
Northern Brewer 27 7.8 43% 16% - 100%
Hallertau Hersbrucker 27 4 39% 15% - 75%
Domestic Hallertau 27 3.9 38% 6% - 100%
Cascade 19 7 38% 17% - 83%

Steeping Grains Used In Altbier Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Country Category Type Color PPG Avg. Usage Usage Range
American - Chocolate 7 American Grain roasted malt 350°L
29 15% 4% - 33%
Belgian - Special B 4 Belgian Grain roasted malt 115°L
34 44% 40% - 50%
German - CaraMunich II 4 German Grain crystal malt 46°L
34 100% 100% - 100%
German - Carafa III 3 German Grain roasted malt 535°L
32 9% 2% - 15%
German - CaraMunich I 3 German Grain crystal malt 39°L
34 44% 40% - 50%
Aromatic Malt 2 Grain specialty malt 20°L
35 33% 8% - 57%
Caramel / Crystal 60L 2 Grain crystal malt 60°L
34 80% 60% - 100%
American - Caramel / Crystal 80L 2 American Grain crystal malt 80°L
33 26% 8% - 44%
American - Caramel / Crystal 120L 2 American Grain crystal malt 120°L
33 70% 40% - 100%
Belgian - CaraMunich 2 Belgian Grain crystal malt 50°L
33 40% 40% - 40%

Yeasts Used In Altbier Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Laboratory Type Alcohol Tolerance Flocculation Attenuation Min. Temp Max. Temp
Wyeast - German Ale 1007 98 Wyeast Ale 0.11 Low 75% 55°F 68°F
Fermentis - Safale - German Ale Yeast K-97 80 Fermentis / Safale Ale .104 High 81% 54°F 77°F
White Labs - Dusseldorf Alt Yeast WLP036 61 White Labs Ale Medium Medium 68.5% 65°F 72°F
White Labs - German Ale/ Kölsch Yeast WLP029 39 White Labs Ale Medium Medium 75% 65°F 69°F
Fermentis - Safale - American Ale Yeast US-05 38 Fermentis / Safale Ales Low Medium 81% 54°F 77°F
Fermentis - Saflager - German Lager Yeast W-34/70 21 Fermentis / Safale Lagers .105 High 83% 48°F 72°F
Wyeast - Kölsch 2565 19 Wyeast Ale 0.1 Low 75% 56°F 70°F
Imperial Yeast - G02 Kaiser 17 Imperial Yeast German Ale Low 73% 55°F 65°F
Danstar - Nottingham Ale Yeast 10 Danstar Ale Med-High High 77% 57°F 70°F
Fermentis - Safale - English Ale Yeast S-04 10 Fermentis / Safale Ale .0975 High 75% 54°F 77°F

Other Ingredients Used In Altbier Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Type Use Avg. Usage Usage Range
Gypsum 104 Water Agt Mash 16% 0% - 100%
Whirlfloc 64 Water Agt Boil 66% 1% - 100%
Lactic acid 48 Water Agt Mash 77% 1% - 100%
Calcium Chloride (dihydrate) 44 Water Agt Mash 13% 0% - 100%
Epsom Salt 41 Water Agt Mash 6% 0% - 33%
Baking Soda 33 Water Agt Mash 9% 0% - 99%
Calcium Chloride (dihydrate) 27 Water Agt Mash 13% 0% - 57%
Irish Moss 26 Fining Boil 69% 11% - 100%
Calcium Chloride (anhydrous) 24 Water Agt Mash 12% 0% - 50%
Phosphoric acid 19 Water Agt Mash 67% 0% - 100%

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