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Old 06-19-2008, 04:31 PM   #1
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Default Austin Homebrew Supply AHS Oktoberfest

I brewed the mini-mash kit in March and had my first taste this week.

It easily the best beer I've brewed.

I'm an Oktoberfest beer lover, so I may be biased. This beats any beer I've purchased from bars and stores in months.

There's no way this batch will come close to lasting until October. I might have to make 2 more batches July 4th weekend.

I was looking at purchasing another Brewer's Best kit from LHBS. After this beer, I'll be buying from AHS.

Forrest, thanks for this great kit.

Dan

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Old 06-19-2008, 08:32 PM   #2
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I saw a kit in the store for an Oktoberfest Ale. I thought it was a misprint but it had ale yeast in it.

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Old 06-19-2008, 10:11 PM   #3
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I always call ale based Oktoberfests 'Mocktoberfests' since you can't truely replicate the style without lagering it properly.

I like the mocktoberfest I made last year with Wyeast 2565 kolsch yeast (since its pretty clean fermenting).

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I always call ale based Oktoberfests 'Mocktoberfests' since you can't truely replicate the style without lagering it properly.
But cant you still lager an ale to clean up the flavor profile?
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I always call ale based Oktoberfests 'Mocktoberfests' since you can't truely replicate the style without lagering it properly.
As far as I know this kit is a true lagered Oktoberfest. I just purchased this kit myself from AHS and it shipped with WLP820 lager yeast. I've already got the starter cooking.

I'm certainly planning to lager it And I'm *very* happy to hear how Dan's came out.

Hey Dan, could you share your fermentation/lagering schedule? Did you make a big starter?

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I did a Mocktoberfest last year with a Kolsch ale yeast, and it was one of my favorites. I'm getting ready to start another batch, but this time I'm using the real Oktoberfest/Marzen lager yeast. Going to start propagating a huge starter this weekend.

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Going to start propagating a huge starter this weekend.
I'm up to 2 quarts so far. I just checked my growler and there's a good inch of yeast on the bottom. I may add another quart of wort tomorrow then let it ferment until I brew on Sunday, crash cooling it several hours in the morning and pouring off most of the wort.

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But cant you still lager an ale to clean up the flavor profile?
you can cold age an ale (a.k.a. lager it) but using ale yeast still produces a beer with more 'character' than if you used a lager strain, and fermented at lager temps.

Most ale yeasts poop out at primary temps for a lager (45-50F). Some ale yeast can do ok in the mid 50's though..but its still not gonna quite give you that lager quality.
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I did a Mocktoberfest last year with a Kolsch ale yeast, and it was one of my favorites. I'm getting ready to start another batch, but this time I'm using the real Oktoberfest/Marzen lager yeast. Going to start propagating a huge starter this weekend.
Can you take a traditional Marzen recipe and substitute Kolsch yeast and produce a similar beer? I don't have lager equipment, but love the Oktoberfest beer.

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Our Oktoberfest kit turns out fine using White Labs Oktoberfest Lager yeast at room temperature.

If you are making a lager but can only ferment at room temperature, use the lager yeast anyway. It will taste closer to the way the beer is supposed to taste than using an ale yeast.

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