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Old 10-30-2009, 01:44 AM   #1
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Default Spaten Munich Dunkel as an ale

Would it be possible to brew an (extract) Munich Dunkel as an ale? I had a Spaten Dunkel yesterday and I would like to replicate this at home. Unfortunately I don’t have lager capacity with my setup.


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Old 10-30-2009, 02:38 AM   #2
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Just substitute a clean fermenting ale yeast for lager yeast. It wouldn't be true to style, but fermenting relatively cool with some aging time could produce a nice dunkel-like ale I suppose.


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Old 10-31-2009, 03:02 AM   #3
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Thanks HOOTER! Perhaps I will make a few half batches to experiment
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Old 11-18-2009, 07:59 PM   #4
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I am interested in this as well - would someone who has tried it maybe care to comment on their results?
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Old 07-23-2013, 05:08 PM   #5
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I would highly recommend Rogue's Pacman strain for this purpose; it's clean and finishes malty and replaced the lager yeast that Rogue used to use for Deadguy.

I've really been considering doing a number of beers that use english malts but lager yeast and German hops, and german malts but english ale yeast and english hops.

I think an english dark mild ale grist fermented with a lager strain and a munich dunkel lager grist fermented with an english ale strain would be pretty interesting. -Especially targeting a 4.5% ABV ish gravity for each. I think you could produce a VERY passable and interesting dark mild and a very passable munich dunkel this way. (Might have to decrease the gravity on the mild to 4.1% ABV, though.)

-I also have to think that a 3.9%-4.1% ABV dark mild ale could really benefit from the increased maltiness of a decoction although I'm afraid that it would increase attenuation, which would NOT be good for a mild...


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Old 07-23-2013, 05:38 PM   #6
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Use a Kolsch yeast strain. That should produce a "lager-like" ale for you.

If you want to brew a lager style that finishes dry (like a pilsner, for instance), Nottingham works pretty well when fermented in the low 60s.
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OP - what is the coolest fermentation temperature you can achieve?
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I use Wyeast 1007 German Ale for my pseudo lagers, and it works great! Slow to flocculate though, but it is really clean even around 65 degrees.


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