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Old 04-02-2008, 05:46 PM   #1
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I recently came upon a ton of Vienna malt from a brewer who decided to get out of the hobby.

I have like 40 lbs. of the stuff. I need to use it, but at 2lbs. a batch, this stuff is going to be sitting in the garage for a long, long time.

Anyone ever brew a beer that you enjoyed that uses a large proportion of Vienna?

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Old 04-02-2008, 05:48 PM   #2
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Mmmm.... Vienna lager....

Can you lager? Lots of German beers can use a high percentage of Vienna malt, not just Vienna lagers but also things like Oktoberfests can use a fair amount. I've done IPAs with three pounds of Munich; I bet you could make a nice, unique IPA using three or four pounds of Vienna to provide backbone and character to the malt bill.

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Old 04-02-2008, 05:54 PM   #3
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Someone made an all Vienna beer for the SMaSH swap.

(Single Malt, and Single Hop)

I did a quick search and found that it was Deathbrewer. Looks like the hop was N. Brewer.

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I made an all Vienna beer using San Francisco Lager yeast and it is something.

My first impression, is that it is too much. I mean, you actually don't realize how malty Vienna is until you do an all Vienna. At least I didn't.

However, this beer has an incredible flavor. Like I said, at first tasting, it definitely took me by surprise, but I can barely keep my hands off it. However, I wouldn't make it that way again. I would cut it with some two row or Pilsner.

So, that is what I would recommend. 60-75% Vienna, 25-40% Two row, and some noble German hops. I bet it would be delightful.

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Here ya go:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=42587

Keg kicked right away for me, but I'm inclined to agree with cubbies.

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my SMaSH brew was one of the best beers ever:

10 lbs Vienna
1 oz Northern Brewer @ 60 min
1 oz Northern Brewer @ 20 min
1 oz Northern Brewer @ 5 min

Nottingham Yeast

Amazing APA

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I could probably help ease your burden.


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and by APA you mean anglo saxon pale ale, right Deathbrewer...

i kid, i kid.

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heh. if you're referring to the color, i was actually quite suprised...it wasn't too light.

i'm going to try the same recipe with a touch of chocolate malt and the san francisco lager yeast. i think it will make an AWESOME steam beer

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Try my Oktoberfest Ale. It uses 5.5 # for a 5 gallon batch. If you do 10 gallon batches, it will be gone in no time.

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