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Old 02-05-2013, 03:49 AM   #1
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I am looking to make an oktoberfest nd need to k ow when to brew in order to have available in late September

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Old 02-05-2013, 03:59 AM   #2
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Well, I brewed an Oktoberfest in early October and drank it in late December and it was great. If you want the traditional schedule I think it was brewed near the end of winter/early spring and lagered until the fall. Someone should be able to tell you more beer history specifics

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Old 02-05-2013, 04:03 AM   #3
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The style Marzen or Oktoberfest is usually brewed in March and drank 6-7 months later

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Old 02-05-2013, 04:11 AM   #4
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Thanks guys...this helps... I am brewing this weekend and just wanted to make sure I am not behind on brewing a marzen style beer

I will save it for next months brew

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The style Marzen or Oktoberfest is usually brewed in March and drank 6-7 months later
Any good all grain recipes you would recommend?
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Old 02-06-2013, 10:09 PM   #6
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yeah - I am looking to brew one in the next month or two. They are usually pretty good after 3-4 months, but they continue to get better in my experience through 6 or so.

I would start here for a recipe:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f59/

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I brewed an Oktoberfest a couple weeks ago along with a couple other lagers and plan on cracking them all around the beginning of May.

Regarding recipes, I just used the one that I wrote for the BJCP exam maybe a year ago. Although I cannot really remember what style we had to write one for on the actual exam when I took it, I wrote one for every style that can be on the exam when I was practicing. I figured I went through the trouble of designing the recipes, so I may as well use them.

My recipe is basically 60/40 Vienna/Munich with about 4% caramel 40.

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I just brewed this last month. http://dustinnorlund.com/index.php/j...-birthday-beer

I ended up using WL oktoberfest yeast as my LHBS was out o fthe yeast the Op used. The beer is good it's only a month old at this point. I figure another two to three months lagering and it will taste much better i.e cleaner/crisper

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I just brewed this last month. http://dustinnorlund.com/index.php/j...-birthday-beer

I ended up using WL oktoberfest yeast as my LHBS was out o fthe yeast the Op used. The beer is good it's only a month old at this point. I figure another two to three months lagering and it will taste much better i.e cleaner/crisper
Thank you for the recipe... Will this recipe better with age? I see there is only a 2 or 3 month fermentation and lagering period to the recipe
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I am hoping so. generally lagers get better with age and the longer the better.

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