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Posted 29 April 2020 - 11:57 AM

So not exactly to style but I think this will make a nice black lager.

 

10 gallon batch

 

16lbs pils malt

7lbs munich malt

0.5lbs carafoam

0.5lbs carafa spec II

 

mash at 152F

 

1oz Hallertau FWH

1.3oz Magnum @ 30min

1oz Hallertau @ 0min

 

ferment on some reused Diamond Lager

 

I haven't worked out the water yet...



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Posted 29 April 2020 - 12:13 PM

Nice.  Always a style I have wanted to brew.



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Posted 29 April 2020 - 03:39 PM

Nice.  Always a style I have wanted to brew.

 

yeah - I kind of realized it's pretty much a black oktoberfest the way I've done it there.



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Posted 10 May 2020 - 03:40 PM

so the water... I decided to try to add less salts this time so I'm using some lactic acid to get the job done.

 

Finished water profile:

 

Ca: 27 ppm

Mg: 3 ppm

Na: 29 ppm

Sulfate: 29 ppm

Chloride: 52 ppm

Bicarb: -10 ppm (not sure what it means when this number is negative :P)



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Posted 16 May 2020 - 12:40 PM

made this today.  I actually shot for a pH of 5.5 b/c I thought bru'n water tended to predict high for me but it turns out bru'n water is pretty much right on.  then I discovered some sources online say a pH of 5.4-5.5 is good for a beer like this.  I guess I'll be fine!



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Posted 25 May 2020 - 07:23 AM

Came out good I think. Tastes basically like Oktoberfest. Still letting the yeast clear up though.

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Posted 25 May 2020 - 11:49 AM

a glass today is way better than yesterday.  i must have been drinking some pretty sludgy stuff (drinking straight from the primary).

 

not as dark as I'd like but I didn't want to add more carafa spec III.


Edited by Mando, 25 May 2020 - 11:49 AM.


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Posted 28 May 2020 - 06:57 AM

A few glasses last night were even betterer. So rich and smooth!

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Posted 28 May 2020 - 07:11 AM

I could see making this.  I would darken it with some sinimar though.  So many beers so little time .. lol



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Posted 28 May 2020 - 08:38 AM

Yeah, it could use the extra color.

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Posted 29 May 2020 - 12:47 PM

so this looks why lighter than it really is but I wanted the base color to show through so I adjusted the exposure on my phone camera.

 

reality is a really dark red/rust color.

 

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