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Old 09-26-2009, 01:59 PM   #1
Jun 2009
Central Europe
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I would like to ask about advice regarding a beer I would like to brew.

Many of my Swiss friends will only have one or two beers. So I was toying with the idea of making a quite potent beer which would have to appear normal. Silent but deadly, if you will.

Here is what I have come up with

6 gallon batch

11 lb. Pilsener
6.6 lb. Wienna
2.2 lb Malted Wheat (for foam and cloudiness)
0.8 lb. Caramunich 34L

Bittering: 25g of Hallertauer Perle 10% (90 min) 23 IBU
Flavor: 40 g of Tettnanger 4.1% (30 min) 10 IBU
Aroma: 35 g of Hallertauer Hersbrucker 2% (FWH) 4 IBU

So this should give me a OG of around 1.080 (with 65% brew house yield) and 37 IBUs.

I would be using 2x 11.5g packets of US05 and mashing low, at 147F. I suppose I should be able to achieve 75-80% attenuation, that way it should be able to finish at 1.018 or so. That would give me a 8% ABV. I can ferment at rock steady 68F.

So how does this sound?

Do I need more hops to mask the alcohol flavour out?

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Old 09-26-2009, 05:06 PM   #2
May 2008
Oakland, California
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IMHO the best way to "mask alcohol flavor" is to ferment it low and slow (lower than 68, more like around 60) with a very clean yeast like s-05, then age it for quite some time, like around 6 months or so.

On the other hand, you can go all funky with it and ferment with a fruity Belgian yeast, but still age it.
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