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Old 09-07-2010, 02:36 AM   #1
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Default I know octoberfest is a lager but?

Any types of extract brews that I dont have to lager that would produce a "similar" beer?

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Old 09-07-2010, 02:45 AM   #2
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I'm going to be trying a Oktoberfest, but I don't have the ability to lager. Many folks have said that using a Kolsch yeast with a proper recipe will give your beer that Oktoberfest-like flavor. Here's the recipe (it's extract) if you're interested:

Shocktoberfest

Recipe Type: Extract
Yeast: White Labs 029 German Ale/Kolsch
Yeast Starter: Yes
Batch Size (Gallons): 5.0
Original Gravity: ?
Final Gravity: ?
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60

Amount Item Type % or IBU

Malt Extract:
3.50 lbs Briess Pilsen DME
1.00 lb Munton Amber DME
1.00 lb Extra Light DME

Grains:
0.5 lb Cara pils
1.00 lb. Aromatic
1.00 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt -20L
0.50 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt -40L

Hops:
1.0 oz Tettnang (60 min)
0 . 5oz Tettnang (45 min)
0.5 oz Tettnang (30 min)

Misc:
1 Whirfloc tablet

Yeast:
White Labs 029 German Ale/Kolsch



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Old 09-07-2010, 02:46 AM   #3
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Have you tried using the White Labs San Francisco lager yeast? It can be fermented at ale temps (up to around 65 F) http://www.whitelabs.com/beer/strains_wlp810.html Here's an organic Octoberfest extract kit http://www.breworganic.com/organicoktoberfesteasy-brew.aspx and you can get any yeast you want to use with it, including the San Francisco.

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Old 09-07-2010, 03:15 AM   #4
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http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f63/biermunchers-oktoberfast-ale-ag-39021/

There is a PM version on the second page.
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I don't know what your lhbs carries as far as yeast (wyeast/white labs), but you could also use Wyeast 2112. Take a look at this.

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Old 09-10-2010, 01:44 AM   #6
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I brewed one with a white labs 29 and it sat for two days. I threw in a safeale 05 and it started right up.

I will let you know how it turned out here in about a week.

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Pappers has it right. Make a steam beer.

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Check this out. It's an AG recipe, but someone in the thread also posted an extract version

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f63/biermunchers-oktoberfast-ale-ag-39021/

Edit: Oops...sorry. Didn't see that this was already posted.



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