For my next brew, I am going to be making an Oktoberfest. I bought a kit from my LHBS (on sale, since it's close to October), and from the ingredient list, it looks like it could use some adjustment. Here's the stock kit:
1/2 lb. Crystal 20L (steep 20mins)
1/2 lb. Crystal 40L (steep 20mins)
6.6 lbs. Amber LME
1oz Willamet Hops (bittering) 60mins boil
1oz Vanguard Hops (aroma) 15mins boil
Pack of vaguely labeled dry yeast.
On the outside of the package, it said that it comes with Hallertau hops, which was a big draw for me in this kit, then they included a note in the kit saying they had to sub out hops. In Papazian's "The Complete Joy of Homebrewing" Willamet and Vanguard hops are not listed under good Oktoberfest hops. How would you adjust this kit?
Some ideas I thought of:
1. Get some Hallertau and use instead of Vanguard.
2. replace Crystal malts with 1/2 lb. Vienne and 1/2 lb. Munich Malts. (for more authentic flavor) My sources say the "L" value would be the same or very similar.