Sunday, October 9, 2011

#54: Oktoberfest/Marzen (AG)

First lager (finally) in the fermenter... It was supposed to go in August, but just now finding time to get it done. I guess I'm looking at a Februaryfest, as I'm looking at 5 or so weeks in fermenters, and then at least a few months lagering in the bottle. Used WLP833 (Ayinger), so it should be a nice clean brew...

Oktoberfest/Marzen (AG)

Type: All Grain
Date: 10/9/2011
Batch Size: 2.40 gal


Amount Item Type % or IBU
2.75 lb Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 55.00 %
1.25 lb Munich Malt (9.0 SRM) Grain 25.00 %
0.50 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 60L (60.0 SRM) Grain 10.00 %
0.50 lb Vienna Malt (3.5 SRM) Grain 10.00 %
0.60 oz Mt. Hood [6.00 %] (60 min) Hops 26.0 IBU
1 Pkgs German Bock Lager (White Labs #WLP833) Yeast-Lager

Beer Profile

Est Original Gravity: 1.057 SG
Measured Original Gravity: 1.052 SG
Est Final Gravity: 1.013 SG
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 5.08 %
Bitterness: 26.0 IBU
Calories: 231 cal/pint
Est Color: 11.7 SRM


  1. Very nice. I have an Oktoberfest in the corny keg. I suppose it is going to be more of a Novemberfest. I have found that I am able to drink these year-round, so I'm sure your Februaryfest is going to be great.

    Have you ever tried cara-munich malt? Your recipe and mine would almost be identical if you switched out your crystal with cara-munich. I also used a little flavoring hops.

    Anyway, enjoy the beer.

  2. I've used it in the past. It would have been very good here in hindsight. I'll be interested to hear how yours goes. I may well keep a variation of this in a regular rotation ongoing.

  3. After two weeks, I have hit my estimated FG, so, following my EricG approved starter lager technique, I have pulled the Better Bottle from the fridge and am letting it sit closer to room temps for a diacetyl rest for 48ish hours. Then off to the fermenting fridge for a couple weeks before bottling.

  4. After three weeks back in the fermenting fridge, I have finally bottled this. Taste is bland/inoffensive, which is the taste of a lot of good brews at this point. Now, Eric says two weeks at room temps, followed by at least a month in cold condition. Thus, I'll get a good taste of this maybe for a New Years party (may sneak one for Christmas)...

  5. Way too early to be tasting this (2 weeks in the bottle), but I was way curious. Fortunately, it shows real promise. Very clean and crisp, carbed well, flavorful, but a bit green. Promising, but we'll see how this tastes in a month or two... Into the fridge for cold conditioning with ye...