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Old 03-15-2007, 08:58 PM   #1
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I just posted this Altbier Recipe on the recipe board.

Any of you Altbier experts...I would appreciate your feedback.


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Old 03-16-2007, 04:39 AM   #2
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30 IBU's sounds a little low


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Old 03-16-2007, 12:22 PM   #3
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30 IBU's sounds a little low
Yeah, 35-40 is normal for a Dusseldorf Alt. I have enough Hallertau I may up it, but this is going onto a tap for a pretty wide audience so I need to be careful the hop-shock.

Awe...heck with it. It's either a Dusseldorf Alt, or it's not...
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Send me a bottle and I'll be glad to give you feeback.
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Old 03-16-2007, 05:38 PM   #5
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30 IBU's sounds a little low
Keep in mind that this is an IBU estimate and it can be just right. I aim for 27 IBU for my Alt and think it comes out just right, but I like my beers at the lower end of bitterness for the style.

BierMuncher, the only thing that I don't see fit in the style of an Alt are the late hop additions and the Chocolate malt. Roastininess is not typical for German beers (including Alt) and hop aroma/flavor is not typical for an Alt either.

But if you like it, go for it. I'm just trying to give feedback based on style.

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Old 03-16-2007, 10:14 PM   #6
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Thanks Kai. Maybe I'll dump that and sub with some Crystal 120?
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You can add about 1.5-2 oz of some dehusked carafa to add color.
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You can add about 1.5-2 oz of some dehusked carafa to add color.
That's what I do (about 1% of the grist) and it gives it just a touch of roast in the nose and taste, which I think gives it juts another dimension whitout actually defining the taste of the beer.

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Old 03-21-2007, 04:37 AM   #9
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I wouldnt have any aroma and very little (or no) flavor hops. Alts should be extremely malty while being pretty bitter as well. Shoot for 30-40 IBUs with Spalter. I think that more Munich would better in place of other malt.

Also, Alt yeast is a lagering ale yeast, so ferment at at least 55 degrees F if you have the means to. Also lager it for a couple of weeks. Itll be much cleaner.

I LOVE alts. I find that 80-90% Munich and pale malt makes for a DELICIOUS brew. mmmmmmm. Meine Lieblingsbier und also meine Haus Bier.
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Iso ferment at at least 55 degrees F if you have the means to.
I don't think that the Alt yeast will ferment that low. I already had problems getting it to fully attenuate the beer when fermenting at slightly above 60 F.

I also don't think that they should have the stong maltiness as you would find in the Bavarian Bocks. Though a lot of dark base malts are used, they are fairly well attenuated and easy drinking dry beers.

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