2018-12-10

5A - German Leichtbier

Style: 5A - German Leichtbier

Shooting for a sub 4% brew with this German "light beer." 30% Munich light malt was added to the Pilsner base to bring some color and malt character to the party.

I had to fight the mill (again) because it started slipping (again). When I got it all back together, the crush was a bit finer than what I've been using so the efficiency got a bit of a bump which might knock this (technically) out of the Leichtbier category.
UPDATE: final ABV came out to 3.8% and the upper limit of the category is 3.6. I'm calling it close enough. 

Full recipe is on BrewersFriend but here's the TL;DR
  • Brewday: 2018-12-8
  • Malts: 2/3 American Pale, 1/3 Munich Light
  • Hops: [Magnum] (Spalt)
  • Yeast: W34/70; Weihenstephaner
  • OG: 1.038, FG 1.009, ABV: 3.8%
  • Kegged: 2018-12-15
Finer than expected crush knocked the OG up a few points

Brew session beer: Contrafact stOat 2.0 featuring a sweet x-mas sweater glass I picked up at Westfax earlier.

Mash temp

Floor Manager Steve

Wort sample

brix OG 9.4 comes out to 1.038

2018-12-11 (+3): I didn't get an "away we go" pic on brew day, but here we are 3 days on and fermentation seems to be slowing down already

2018-12-15 (+7): kegging. Floor Manager Steve helped

2018-12-16 (+8): freshly kegged and carbonated sample. Gelatin added at kegging so this should clear up pretty quick.

2018-12-19 (+11): full-ish pour

2018-12-29 (+21): stange pour. almost clear. Tasting great, and not like a 3.8% "light" lager. The munich brought a lot of body and extra character to what I believe would have otherwise been a bit thin with only pils malt.

2019-1-3 (+27): Mostly clear. pouring nice with appropriate head. Tasting cleaner but still full of Munich goodness.