Festbier Bee Cave Brewery Oktoberfest Ale - Page 12 - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > HomeBrewTalk.com Recipe Database > Homebrew Lager Recipes > Festbier Bee Cave Brewery Oktoberfest Ale

Thread Tools
Old 09-16-2010, 10:10 PM   #111
Apr 2008
Silicon Valley, CA
Posts: 354
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

Kegged! Thanks

Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2010, 10:33 PM   #112
BulldogBrewer's Avatar
Oct 2009
Out of My Mind, CA
Posts: 1,152
Liked 199 Times on 199 Posts

I would say you are cutting it close but it will still be excellent.

My batch was brewed on 8/8 and the sample going into the keg recently was very good. I'm just sitting on it until 10/23 for a party we are having, but I'm sure it will be very drinkable as soon as it's carbed.
Primary: Hophead Summer Ale, Watermelon Wheat
Secondary: Empty
In the Keg: Red IPA, Centennial Blonde, Hophead Summer Ale, Pliny Clone
Bottle: Apfelwein, Cranegranate Apfelwein
On Deck: Sweet Stout

Let me bring you up to speed, we know nothing... You are now up to speed.

Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-2010, 02:49 AM   #113
Feb 2009
Posts: 38
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

This was my very first all-grain batch, and the sample I just tasted after force carbing seems like it's one of the best I've made. Ran into the following minor problems:

1) Huge grain bill, and I wasn't fully prepared for the volume of grain+liquid that resulted during mashing, sparging, and boiling. There may have been some minor overflow... Just something to look out for if you're a noob like me.

2) No yeast activity after 48 hours... I think the yeast vial might have been frozen prior to pitching. I then pitched a singled packet of S-04 and it took off vigorously. (oxygenated w/ pure O2 and an aeration stone).

I'm extremely pleased with this, and it looks like it'll make a great complement to a well-aged keg of apfelwein for an upcoming party!

Edit: I just got a comment: "This is the best beer I've ever had." Thanks for the great recipe, Edwort!

Reply With Quote
Old 10-02-2010, 11:52 AM   #114
Nov 2009
Anchorage, Alaska
Posts: 368
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts

I just had my first carbonated taste of this. It was in the fermenter for a month and has been on gas for 5 days or so. It's malty with a heavy amount of fruit flavor. I used a Wyeast kolsch smack pack and fermented at 68 (internal temp). The yeast got pretty hot when it was shipped to me. I'm hoping that the heavy fruit flavors aren't from the yeast being stressed out during shipping.

I know this beer is still young. It hasn't been on gas long--the beer isn't even close to clearing up yet. Should I expect the flavor profile to clean up a bit over the next month? I can taste the promise in this beer, but it's kinda "in yo' face" at the moment.

Fingers crossed!
Brew Haus TV Please subscribe if you like my video content.

Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2010, 10:20 PM   #115
Aug 2008
Posts: 121
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

It spent 3 weeks in the fermenter and 3 weeks at 38 degs in the keg. I carbed it the last 5 days. Took it to the homebrew club and got 2nd place. It is 7 weeks old now and just getting better.

I followed the recipe, except I used all Hallertau and mashed at 153 and used a pack of S-05.

OG was 1.058
FG was 1.013
ABV is 5.87%

Love it.

Reply With Quote
Old 10-20-2010, 08:01 PM   #116
haplo's Avatar
Apr 2009
Posts: 125
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Mine turned out great. Probably the best I've made. Unfortunately 5 gallons wasn't close to enough and it didn't last long. I'm going to have to make at least 10 gallons if not more next time.

Reply With Quote
Old 11-08-2010, 05:12 PM   #117
Jan 2010
silly con valley, CA
Posts: 8
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

OK folks, I need some help on this one.

After 3.5 weeks in primary and then a few days in the fridge prior to kegging, the taste had what I think is an estery/fussil aftertaste (I'm not really sure how to describe the flavor). It was not a clean finish as I'd expected from a Kolsh yeast.

Is it messed up? Or, does the lagering for month or two clean this up?

It finished at about a 1.019 -- a skosh higher than what Ed reported.

Possible ways I F'd it up:
1) I didn't do a starter. I pitched 3 vials of WLP029 onto a 10 gallon batch.
2) I held the temps around 64 +/- a degree or two through active fermentation . At about the 3 wk mark, the temp went upto ~69˚F for several days (active fermentation had mostly finished). Darned late fall heat wave!
3) ???

I guess I should take some into a homebrew store and let someone taste it to see what the off flavor is. In the dozen batches I have under my belt, this is the first that has had any sort of issue. Maybe I'm just panicking...

Thanks in advance for any thoughts!

Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2010, 01:00 AM   #118
May 2009
Posts: 1,405
Liked 22 Times on 20 Posts

I got that taste when I pitched 1 vial into a 5 gal batch. Did you check the % viability? I have noticed on my system if I under pitch even at optimal temp I get kind of an estery yeasty taste.

Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2011, 10:25 PM   #119
Moose777's Avatar
Apr 2009
Thousand Oaks CA
Posts: 498
Liked 3 Times on 2 Posts

I'm in the middle of brewing this now. Grains are 70 minutes into their 90 soak.
Using WL029 and everything as originally recommended.

Did a large starter of the yeast..hope i don't get the esters people are talking about too much

KEG 1: (ON TAP) Waldo Lake Amber
KEG 2 :(ON TAP) Imperial Stout
KEG 3: (ON TAP) Irish Red Ale [COLOR="Blue"]
KEG 4:(On Tap) Centennial Blonde
KEG 5: Creamy Bikini
KEG 6:

On deck:
Vanilla Bourbon Porter (for this winter)
Ed Worts Oktoberfest with Kolsh yeast Yummmy
Yooper Stone Ruination IPA

Reply With Quote
Old 03-30-2011, 03:32 AM   #120
hopalotamus's Avatar
Jun 2010
Posts: 116
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts

anyone scaled back on the grain bill alittle on this one? thinking dropping a pound off a lbs of the pils and vienna my efficincy is pretty good and im making this for a party and dont want it to be to strong will that mess with the balance of this beer

Reply With Quote
Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Specialty IPA: Rye IPA Bee Cave Brewery Rye IPA EdWort Homebrew Ale Recipes 303 03-05-2016 06:57 PM
American IPA Bee Cave Brewery IPA EdWort Homebrew Ale Recipes 271 01-10-2016 02:07 AM
Man cave E-brewery dmcoates Electric Brewing 9 03-04-2013 05:06 PM
bee cave oktoberfest parti gyle? wickman6 All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 4 09-03-2012 10:03 PM
bee cave brewery mr jones General Beer Discussion 7 03-20-2009 04:51 PM

Forum Jump