Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast Starter: Yes
Batch Size (Gallons): 6
Original Gravity: 1.060
Final Gravity: 1.012
Boiling Time (Minutes): 90
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 20 @ 55
Secondary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 30
Tasting Notes: Smokey bacon-like nose with with some serious melanoidin flavors.
- 6-1/2 lbs Beechwood Smoked Malt
- 3 lbs German Munich
- 1-3/4 lbs German Pilsner
- 1/2 lb Caramunich
- 1-1/2 oz Hallertau (4.5%) @ 50mins
WLP830 German Lager
You will have to forgive me for leaving out some of the details such as IBU's and SRM. My computer crashed and I had to reinstall windows so I lost all of my BeerSmith recipes but I did take good notes in my brew journal so I think I have most of the information.
I started with a single decoction mash.
- Heat 6.68 gals of water to around 151.5 F and dough in to reach 145 F
- Pull a thick decotion of about 5 qts after resting for 20 minutes
- Heat and rest decotion between 160-170 f for 20 minutes. (I wrapped the kettle in a blanket to keep the heat in)
- After the rest is complete heat the decocted portion of the mash and boil for 15 minutes.
- Return the decoction to the main mash to achieve a temperature of 152 F. (I hit 148 F so I added a bit of boiling water to bring the temps up to 152 F)
- Rest the mash for 40 minutes at 152 F
- Take a small portion of thin mash and heat for mash out.
- Sparge with 168 F water and start you 90 minute boil.
- Add 1-1/2 oz hops with 50 minutes remaining in the boil.
- Chill to 50 F and add yeast starter.
- I fermented this for 20 days and then slowly brought the temp up to 60 F for the d-rest.
- Rack and lager for an additional 30 days.
I could not be happier with how this beer turned out. It has a huge smokey aroma that is bordering on bacon-like. The melanoidin flavor that the decotion produce is AMAZING. There is just enough bitterness to balance this out and keep it from being overly sweet. I am a huge fan of barbecue and this beer pairs perfectly with any type of smoked meat. I will be entering this into our state fair homebrew competition and will be sure to update this post on the scoring that this beer receives.
If God wanted us to filter our beer, he wouldn't have given us livers