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Old 10-02-2008, 10:09 PM   #1
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Is it possible to make a fairly decent extract octoberfest with an extract kit ? Will I have to lager it? If not I believe that I did read somewhere that there was a kit that used some type of ale yeast, how do these turn out?

I know that I will not be able to make a true Paulner type octoberfest, but I would like to try to make something like that. thanks for the help.

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Old 10-02-2008, 10:40 PM   #2
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of course you can make an oktoberfest with extract. Prolly need some steeping grains too.

And you really do need to do it as a lager to get a true o-fest...lager yeast, lager temps, and lager aging.
You know that oktoberfest's are brewed in March, and aged til October....right? (traditionally speaking that is)

even if you brew as an ale, this baby wont' be ready for drinkin' until mid-November or later.

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Old 10-02-2008, 11:11 PM   #3
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Sure is. AHS has an award winning extract recipe.

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Old 10-03-2008, 12:48 AM   #4
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I will let you know how it turns out. We are bottling a BB kit of it on Sunday.

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Old 10-03-2008, 12:50 AM   #5
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I've done extract O'fests, and if you do the fermentation as befitting a lager, then I think you'll be pleases with the results.

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Old 10-03-2008, 02:08 PM   #6
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I just brought my 5th batch of HB on a whitewater rafting trip. I shared True Brew Wheat, Porter, Oktoberfest, Bock and Brown Ale. The Oktoberfest was the clear favorite and Wheat a close second.

All tasters raved! Was it a true Oktoberfest, clearly no. Was it awesome? Hellz ya! What is your priority? Brew accordingly.

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There's absolutely no reason why you can't brew an Oktoberfest or any other beer, really, with extract. You just have to keep in mind that you're going to get the extract twang, the malt character will not be as complex, and it may be darker than desired.

Get extract-creative and brew on!

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I'm interested in the AHS kit but I don't have the ability to lager for fermenting or aging. If the weather holds I may be able to ferment in the low 60s for at least the rest of the winter, I'm in GA. I can put it in the back of a cool closet for bulk aging, maybe 60ish. Do you guys have an alternative ale yeast you think would work? AHS suggests White Lab Oktoberfest/Marzen Lager WLP820 or Wyeast Oktoberfest Lager. As you can see I'm trying to get a jump on October, I'm providing beer for a friend's wedding mid-October.

Thx for the help

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Keep in mind that the big suppliers sell a special Munich malt extract, which is really a critical ingredient in brewing an Oktoberfest. I'd start with that and one of the Pilsner extracts they sell as my base, so my core ingredients were as close to the original as I could. Steep a little Caramunich, and you've got your malt profile.

Now, the lager/ale question, that's a separate question.

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I'm interested in the AHS kit but I don't have the ability to lager for fermenting or aging. If the weather holds I may be able to ferment in the low 60s for at least the rest of the winter, I'm in GA. I can put it in the back of a cool closet for bulk aging, maybe 60ish. Do you guys have an alternative ale yeast you think would work? AHS suggests White Lab Oktoberfest/Marzen Lager WLP820 or Wyeast Oktoberfest Lager. As you can see I'm trying to get a jump on October, I'm providing beer for a friend's wedding mid-October.

Thx for the help
Nottingham maybe? It's an ale yeast that works at low temps (for an ale).
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