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Old 09-13-2011, 02:15 PM   #1
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Due to editing and constant changing/updating recipe I'm posting the link instead of the recipe itself, I've got plenty of time to update it since my lager fridge is in use right now so all advice will be considered

http://www.beertools.com/html/recipe.php?view=11348


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Old 09-13-2011, 02:32 PM   #2
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I think 2 lbs Carafoam is too much. That's just dextrin malt I think, so maybe 1/2 pound is more usual.


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Old 09-13-2011, 02:35 PM   #3
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Thank you, isn't it mostly for head retention?
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Old 09-13-2011, 02:39 PM   #4
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Yes, it is for head retention and is similar to Carapils. I went to the Weyermann website to confirm how much they say to use, and didn't see it listed. So I'm not positive on recommended amounts.
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Old 09-13-2011, 02:44 PM   #5
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Updated recipe with lower carafoam and had to up the vienna to meet OG required
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Old 09-13-2011, 03:51 PM   #6
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I don't think there's supposed to be any crystal in a vienne lager. Especially 120.
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Old 09-13-2011, 05:34 PM   #7
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I'd lower the carafoam a bit (.5-.75 #) and add a couple ounces of dehusked carafa for color.
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Old 09-13-2011, 05:42 PM   #8
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I'm shooting kinda light because the double decoction will add a little more color that typical mash, but ill deffinately lower carafoam
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Old 09-13-2011, 11:20 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by KuntzBrewing View Post
Ingredients:

6 lbs Vienna Malt; Weyermann

3 lbs Munich TYPE I; Weyermann

3 lbs Munich TYPE II; Weyermann

0.5 lbs CaraFoam Weyermann



1 oz Hallertau (Pellets, 4.5 %AA) boiled 60 min. info

1.0 oz Saaz (Pellets, 5.0 %AA) boiled 15 min. info

1.0 oz Tettnanger (Pellets, 4.5 %AA) boiled 5 min. info

1 tbsp. Irish Moss (not included in calculations)

Yeast :

WYeast 2308 Munich Lager™

Hochkruz Double Decoction mash


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It looks good but it's not a Vienna. More of a cross between a Festbier and a bock I'd say. That brew is too dark for a Vienna, all you need is Vienna malt. Save the Munich, especially the dark Munich, for a fest or bock. 100% Vienna malt makes a delicious Vienna lager and a touch of CaraFoam is fine.
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It looks good but it's not a Vienna. More of a cross between a Festbier and a bock I'd say. That brew is too dark for a Vienna, all you need is Vienna malt. Save the Munich, especially the dark Munich, for a fest or bock. 100% Vienna malt makes a delicious Vienna lager and a touch of CaraFoam is fine.
I gotta disagree. I've done a ton of competition brewing and judges are always looking for something a bit darker than what you'd get with vienna malt alone. 100% vienna puts you in the 7.5 SRM range.... judges are looking for beers in the 12-14 SRM range. My latest vienna (2nd BOS in the last competition it was in) was a blend of vienna, munich, and pilsner placing it at 10.73 SRM. The only detracting comment I got on it from judges was that it was too light.


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