Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: Safale S-189
Yeast Starter: Slurry: 4-6 fluid ounces
Additional Yeast or Yeast Starter: 1.5qt at 1.040
Batch Size (Gallons): 5
Original Gravity: 1.050
Final Gravity: 1.011
Boiling Time (Minutes): 90
Color: 13-15 SRM
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 5 days at 50-52F
Additional Fermentation: 40 days at 35F (lagering)
Secondary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 5 days at 60F (diacytl rest)
Tasting Notes: Delicious, malty, slight sweet honey aroma.
8.5lb Pilsner malt
8oz Melanoiden Malt
6oz Honey Malt
1oz Carafa III Special De-husked
Mash: Single infusion @ 151F (60 min), sparge 160F (10 min)
1oz Vanguard (5.0%) @ 60 min
1oz Saaz (3.4%) @ 60 min
1 whirlflock tablet @ 5 min
Water: 1/2 Reverse Osmosis, 1/2 Publix brand "Spring Water"
Appearance: Deep copper with bright white head. Good lacing in glass.
Aroma: Very slight & very pleasant honey/flower/fruit something.
Taste: Very malty, very clean, very drinkable. Gets MUCH better as it warms up a tad, I didn't expect this but its very noticeable.
This beer showcases the Pilsner + Melanoiden combo very well I believe. Plus, the slight honey malt gives it a little character. Maybe not 100% to style, but fantastic none the less.
Changes for next version I'm considering.
(a) Mash a little higher, like 154-155F for a little more body
(b) Try a "real" decoction
(c) Increase Carafa to 3oz to make it a Schwarzbier.
(d) Do a First wort hop addition, or a 15 min addition for a touch more hop "complexity" (not enough to get it out of style though)
Primary: American Pale Ale