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Re: The EPIC Homebrewed German Beer Picture Thread!

Postby wobdee » Sat Aug 05, 2017 11:00 pm

Thanks Nico, wish i could get that good stuff here. Maybe some day I'll make my way over there, it's on the bucket list.
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Re: The EPIC Homebrewed German Beer Picture Thread!

Postby Weizenberg » Sun Aug 06, 2017 8:10 pm

That trip really should be high on your list. After all, how can one make something that one hasn't experienced?

Bavaria has much more to offer than just beer, mind. A great way to go about EU is by train (passenger trains here are not as low priority as in the US). It's not inconceivable for someone to start in Brussels and end up in Prague via Munich without ever having been in a car.
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Re: The EPIC Homebrewed German Beer Picture Thread!

Postby wobdee » Mon Aug 07, 2017 6:14 pm

85/10/5 Pils/Munich/carahell. Really like this one!
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Re: The EPIC Homebrewed German Beer Picture Thread!

Postby Techbrau » Mon Aug 07, 2017 7:43 pm

Told ya!
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Re: The EPIC Homebrewed German Beer Picture Thread!

Postby wobdee » Mon Aug 07, 2017 8:14 pm

Techbrau wrote:Told ya!

Lol, yes you did! I want to brew it again next weekend but I'm torn between this and trying something different like a little Carared or Caramunich.
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Re: The EPIC Homebrewed German Beer Picture Thread!

Postby Ski » Tue Aug 08, 2017 2:51 pm

Bavaria has much more to offer than just beer, mind.

You said it, Nico! I have travelled through Munich so many times for business, but never for pleasure. This year I decided to do things differently. My wife's niece was having a confirmation, which is a big occasion for a German family, and we decided to attend. But I suggested that we spend a few days in Munich first before travelling on to the confirmation. And a great idea that turned out to be!
We wandered all over Munich on foot - what a fantastic city to visit. We rode around on the trams and subways - you can get an all-day pass for about €6 - and saw all the sights. We ate and drank like royalty. Hired a car and drive down to Neuschwanstein and Linderhof - fantastic. And everywhere, the most wonderful beer to sample. Augustiner is my out-and-out favourite. I simply can't wait to get back again.
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Re: The EPIC Homebrewed German Beer Picture Thread!

Postby Techbrau » Tue Aug 08, 2017 9:08 pm

wobdee wrote:
Techbrau wrote:Told ya!

Lol, yes you did! I want to brew it again next weekend but I'm torn between this and trying something different like a little Carared or Caramunich.


If you want to try caramunich I think a nice one is 4-5% carahell + 2% caramunich 1. You could also try 2-3% or so caramunich + 8-10% light Munich or Vienna.

As for carared I find it to be a little similar to carahell, but duller and with a more toffee-like flavor, whereas carahell to me has a bright, refreshing sweetness that's somewhere in between very light colored honey and fresh squeezed fruit juice. You might try 4-6% carared + 5-10% Vienna.

I like to scale my hopping in proportion to the amount of caramel malt I use; I find that I don't like too many IBUs with too little sweetness, and I also don't like too much sweetness with too few IBUs. I'm enjoying the results I get with 5-7% total caramel malt with 16-18 IBUs, using a 3-addition hopping schedule not too different from the one Kai used for his Edel Hell recipe.

Of course everybody's taste is different! I tried a lot of recipes blending pilsner malt with other base malts and realized that I don't like the results when I use less than about 85-90% pilsner. I love the pilsner malt flavor, and when you add something else you're inevitably diluting the flavor of the pilsner. I know beers like Hofbrau and Paulaner helles supposedly don't use any caramel malt and are getting the color from munich/vienna, but a lot of commercial examples aren't sweet enough for me. I found through trial and error that 5-7% caramel malt is pretty much my sweet spot, and 10% or so munich/vienna is my maximum for a standard strength helles. I also just generally prefer the malt flavor profile that results from a large % of pilsner malt with a big dose of caramel malt, compared to a beer that uses heavily blended base malts.

I had an Andechs maibock a couple months back, and I swear it's probably damn close to 100% pilsner malt at 16.5 plato. Easily one of the best beers I've ever had.
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Re: The EPIC Homebrewed German Beer Picture Thread!

Postby Crunk » Wed Aug 09, 2017 4:58 am

Funny you mentioned several times tech about your preference of amounts of malt.

I have found my taste buds coming alive, and I have been adjusting my recipes to suite my tastebuds and put the need for a stuttgarter hofbrau on the shelf
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Re: The EPIC Homebrewed German Beer Picture Thread!

Postby wobdee » Wed Aug 09, 2017 1:56 pm

Thanks tech, good info as always. I think I may just brew the same recipe as I posted above but up the gravity and IBU to export strength. I've been enjoying a little more hops in my Helles lately about 18-22 IBU, may push this one up to 25 with a little larger flavor and aroma addition.
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Re: The EPIC Homebrewed German Beer Picture Thread!

Postby Ancient Abbey » Sun Sep 03, 2017 9:27 am

Playing around with my helles grist. There are so many good combinations. One of these is 4/8/1 (vima7,muma15,muma25), one is 12/3 (muma15/cara25) and the other is 10/10/10 (vima7,muma15,cara5). Thoughts on which is which :D

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