Monday, October 21, 2013

#79 - Light Vienna Lager

Another attempt to clear some of these contest winnings...  Coopers/Mr. B extract and a dry yeasts heading toward expiration.  This extract also comes with ale yeast, but in the contest winnings was also a Saflager 34/70 that is near expiration, so we're doing this as a lager. As mentioned in the other post, this made for an unbelievably quick brew day (I did this and #78 back-to-back in about an hour).  Of course, I'm suspecting taste and quality may lack a bit, though I've had decent results thus far with these extracts.  This labeling and name alludes to Sam Adams, but I've tasted an end result of this one from a friend who made this, and it didn't resemble Sammy in the slightest.

Unfortunate side issue...  dropped my hydrometer.  No readings, but luckily no cut foot.  I guess a trip to the LHBS is in order.  They advertise these as 3.7% ABV, but experience and reading tells me that 3.1% might be the actual target.  RDWHAHB...

Light Vienna Lager

Batch 2.13 gal

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity 1.032 OG
Estimated FG 1.008 FG
Recipe Bitterness 17 IBU
Alcohol by Volume 3.1%
Recipe Color 3° SRM


1.87 lb Mr. Beer/Coopers Patriot Lager Extract
1.00 unit Saflager W-34/70 Dry Lager Yeast


  1. I hate the dropped hydrometer. Has not happened to me in a long time, but I feel your pain.

    The other day, I was wishing I could do an extract beer. Sometimes the all-grain brew day is so time-prohibitive that I miss those ultra-quick Mr. B Brew Days. I probably will never do another HME batch, but sometime I feel a nice "regular" extract brew day would be nice.

  2. I can guarantee I won't do another HME after these four or five are gone, but I can't be mad about the quickness to fermenter.