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Old 09-15-2010, 04:07 AM   #1
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Default A marzen as an ale??

So I have the grain for a marzen. but, I do not have the means for the cooler temps of a lager. is there an ale yeast I could use that could keep it close to the profile of a marzen. maybe a german ale yeast. or a neutral flavored yeast. Or does this ale exist....if so what is it, and i am a tool for not researching this better. Thanks for the help!!!
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Old 09-15-2010, 06:18 AM   #2
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It won't be as crisp as a real lager, but you could use a Kolsch yeast and it will get you close to what you're looking for. Can you ferment at low - mid 60s? Google up swamp cooler if not.

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Old 09-15-2010, 06:30 AM   #3
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you could also use white california lager yeast witch does not have to be fermented at lager temps just the low end of the ale range

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Old 09-15-2010, 02:37 PM   #4
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Look for the "OctoberFAST Ale" recipe on this board. (I believe it is in the Amber Hybrid recipe database.) Pretty much exactly what you're looking for.

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Old 09-15-2010, 03:02 PM   #5
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I did a Marzen with WLP810 (San Fran Lager), and the hydro sample yesterday smelled very clean and malty. It's way too green to comment on the flavor (getting yeast bite at this point), but I'm very happy with the results.

I fermented for 2 weeks at 62, then raised it to room temp (75F) to clean up (and because I needed the space in the fridge for something else!).

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Old 09-15-2010, 05:42 PM   #6
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I did mine with kolsch yeast. If you make a huge starter, you will minimize ester/phenol production. I pitched on a yeast cake and mine came out very clean.

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Old 09-16-2010, 02:48 AM   #7
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Thank you all you have given me some great starting points. So...if this were an ale what style would this be under...irish red maybe? what say you?

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Old 09-16-2010, 03:12 AM   #8
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Look for the "OctoberFAST Ale" recipe on this board. (I believe it is in the Amber Hybrid recipe database.) Pretty much exactly what you're looking for.
Yup...this is my next brew. I'm actually using the german ale yeast for this one.
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Old 09-16-2010, 03:14 AM   #9
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I brewed up that Biermuncher's Oktoberfast Ale last Saturday. 2.5gallon AG (Stovetop style with bag). Smelled great when I put it in the fermenter. Bubbled away nicely for the last few days. Will rack it to secondary this wknd and let you know how it tastes. It's too easy not to try

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