German Ales Black Grätzer - AG

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  1. flagmantho

    flagmantho Poo-Bah (6,037) Feb 19, 2009 Washington
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    Beer Name: Black Grätzer
    Beer Style: Grätzer
    Brew Type: All Grain
    Batch Size: ~5 gallons
    OG: 1.055
    FG: 1.012
    ABV: 5.6%
    IBU: 53.2 Rager, 45.2 Tinseth

    Efficiency: 88% (though my target was ~80%)

    Grain Bill:
    5 lb wheat malt
    3 lb rauch malt
    1 lb Breiss midnight wheat
    4 oz peated malt

    Hop Bill:
    5 AAU (10g @ 14.5% AA) Columbus @ 60
    10 AAU (19g @ 14.5% AA) Columbus @ 20
    20 AAU (39g @ 14.2% AA) Citra @ 5

    Yeast:
    Wyeast 3056 - Bavarian What Blend; no starter, just a smack-pack

    Process:
    Single-step mash at 149° for 1 hour; collected 6.5 gallons for the boil. I did a batch sparge; two batches of water at around 170-175°. Fermentation temperature was not externally controlled; I pitched at 68° and the temperature of the beer in the fermenter rose as high as 73°. Fermentation took off quickly and had completely subsided by about 90 hours; I left the works in the primary for about 7 weeks due to laziness.
     
  2. inchrisin

    inchrisin Initiate (0) Sep 25, 2008 Indiana

    Thanks for the post! :slight_smile:

    4 oz is a lot of peated malt. A third of the bill is smoked malt too. That's a lot of stank! You say it went down pretty smooth anyway? Anything you'd do differently next time around?
     
  3. flagmantho

    flagmantho Poo-Bah (6,037) Feb 19, 2009 Washington
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    Oh you bet, it was not too much smoke at all. There were lots of competing flavors there, but it went down surprisingly easily. 4 oz is a lot of peated malt, but I happen to like smoke a lot -- that might be an area where you could pare back if you don't like that much smoke.

    As far as regular rauchmalt -- 100% isn't too much for me. I like Aecht Schlenkerla levels of smoke!
     
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  4. sgwagner

    sgwagner Initiate (0) Feb 22, 2012 Wisconsin

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