Schwarzbier - 2nd Place Medal 2022 Reggale & Dredhop Comp

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Brew Method: All Grain
Style Name: Schwarzbier
Boil Time: 60 min
Batch Size: 18.25 gallons (ending kettle volume)
Boil Size: 19 gallons
Boil Gravity: 1.054
Efficiency: 80% (ending kettle)

Hop Utilization Multiplier: 0.97

STATS:
Original Gravity: 1.056
Final Gravity: 1.014
ABV (standard): 5.5%
IBU (tinseth): 26.47
SRM (morey): 27.06
Mash pH: 5.43

FERMENTABLES:
19 lb - Munich Type II (Dark) (53.3%)
12.6 lb - Pilsner (35.4%)
1.25 lb - Chocolate (3.5%)
1.25 lb - Caramel / Crystal 40L (3.5%)
0.76 lb - Roasted Barley (2.1%)
0.76 lb - Carafa Special Type II (2.1%)

HOPS:
5.8 oz - Hallertau Mittelfruh, Type: Pellet, AA: 3.8, Use: Boil for 60 min, IBU: 21.51
1.85 oz - Hallertau Mittelfruh, Type: Pellet, AA: 3.8, Use: Boil for 20 min, IBU: 4.16
1.85 oz - Hallertau Mittelfruh, Type: Pellet, AA: 3.8, Use: Whirlpool for 10 min at 170 °F, IBU: 0.81

MASH GUIDELINES:
1) Infusion, Temp: 154 F, Time: 60 min, Amount: 11.93 gal
Starting Mash Thickness: 1.34 qt/lb

YEAST:
Wyeast - Bohemian Lager 2124
Starter: Yes
Form: Liquid
Attenuation (avg): 75%
Flocculation: Medium
Optimum Temp: 48 - 58 F
Fermentation Temp: 50 F
Pitch Rate: 1.5 (M cells / ml / deg P)

PRIMING:
CO2 Level: 2.44 Volumes

TARGET WATER PROFILE:
Profile Name: 31514
Ca2: 65
Mg2: 14
Na: 39
Cl: 35
SO4: 76
HCO3: 209
Water Notes:

NOTES:
Great tasting beer! Both on nose and flavor, you get a touch of the roasty, dark flavors typical of porter or stout, with a clean easy lager finish. As of 1/12/22, getting some pretty decent chocolate and coffee on the nose. The yeast did not attenuate as far as I'd hoped. It stopped at 1.018 FG. The Schwarzbier BJCP guidelines states that it should not taste like a porter or stout fermented with lager yeast. When compared with the popular Kostritzer Schwarzbier, it's evident that the roasted grains were a bit too much. Not significantly, but enough where I didn't even bother putting this into a comp. I'd either reduce the roasted grains by 10% next time or experiment with adding them late in the mash.

Update 04/07/2022

Well, while we thought this wasn't going to do well, we put it into a competition anyway. Pulled off a silver medal in the 2022 Reggale and Dredhop competition! Score Sheet is in the photos.
** Award Winning Recipe **

This recipe has been published online at:

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I have been looking for a schwartz to add to the taplist. Your pics just sold me on this. Nice scores ,too.
 

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Sounds like a great beer and the pictures are marvelous! I do share your impression, though, that this is not a "traditional" Schwarzbier. Besides the roasted grains, it also seems to be a bit too heavy (Köstritzer lists a Stammwürze of only 11.4°P, whereas this beer has 13.8°P). Nothing wrong with it imo, it's just more of a Schwarzbier-Porter hybrid.
I love roasty beers in the 14-16°P range.
 
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Sounds like a great beer and the pictures are marvelous! I do share your impression, though, that this is not a "traditional" Schwarzbier. Besides the roasted grains, it also seems to be a bit too heavy (Köstritzer lists a Stammwürze of only 11.4°P, whereas this beer has 13.8°P). Nothing wrong with it imo, it's just more of a Schwarzbier-Porter hybrid.
I love roasty beers in the 14-16°P range.

Yeah I hear you there! Compared to Kostritzer, definitely not the same. However, I did have one sent to me for comparison by Austin Street Brewery and that one and this one were VERY similar. The aroma is where they differed and even them it was only slightly. Ours had just a little bit more roast/chocolate in the aroma but it was so subtle, it was hard to pick out even.
 
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