Crazy Oktoberfest Idea?

Discussion in 'Homebrewing' started by utahbeerdude, Oct 10, 2018.

  1. utahbeerdude

    utahbeerdude Disciple (367) May 2, 2006 Utah

    OK, so I've got bunch (48 lbs) of Crisp Maris Otter malt, plus some Briess Pils. I'd like to make an Oktoberfest next, so I'm thinking about using some combination of these two malts, plus likely a bit of Munich. It seems to me that the breadiness of the Maris Otter might actually work in this style. What do you think? Cheers!
  2. dmtaylor

    dmtaylor Aspirant (204) Dec 30, 2003 Wisconsin

    It's your beer, do what you like. But personally I wouldn't call it Oktoberfest anymore.
  3. pweis909

    pweis909 Poo-Bah (1,755) Aug 13, 2005 Wisconsin

    A lager made with these ingredients should turn out tasty. I could see it missing the mark as an Octoberfest but being quite nice on its own merits.
  4. billandsuz

    billandsuz Disciple (369) Sep 1, 2004 New York

    I am on board with this idea, except for the "a bit of Munich" part.
    It's either got Munich or Vienna or it ain't Fest. Half or more.
    Stick with Continental hops, avoid crystal, use a lager yeast, that sounds like a fine Autumn beer. Though you might be a month too late.

  5. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (3,712) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    I say make the beer and call it an English Harvest Beer.

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  6. TheBeerery

    TheBeerery Initiate (84) May 2, 2016 Minnesota

    Just to be clear are you meaning marzen or festbier?

    Simple recipes for each

    70% munich
    30% pils

    70% pils
    30% munich

    Have at it with your grains.
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  7. VikeMan

    VikeMan Meyvn (1,469) Jul 12, 2009 Pennsylvania

    IIRC @Supergenious made a Marzen-like beer with Maris and Munich. It was tasty.
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  8. Witherby

    Witherby Initiate (91) Jan 5, 2011 Massachusetts

    I know you recommend using a pils/pale malt blend for at least some beers.

    When you say 70% pils, could that mean 35% pils, 35% pale malt? If so, that could be just what the OP is looking to try.
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  9. TheBeerery

    TheBeerery Initiate (84) May 2, 2016 Minnesota

    Yup, thats exactly what I meant!
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  10. Supergenious

    Supergenious Disciple (343) May 9, 2011 Michigan

    Yeah, I did something similar for the Averagely Perfect competition a while back. It turned out ok, but clearly not that great because I did not win. I think I went with around 50/50 blend of MO and Munich, and a dash of crystal malt (which I would leave out next time). Used a lager yeast, but can’t recall which at the moment.
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