Tomorrow afternoon, Kenn, Dave and I will brew up an Oktoberfest inspired ale... We took an Oktoberfest recipe from the web, and then switched out the yeast to make it an Ale. I don't have the setup to make Lagers at the moment, so I hope this comes out OK... Either way, it should be fun, and I'll consider it a homebrewing learning experience.
.25 lbs. German Light Munich info
.15 lbs. Crystal Malt 90°L info
.35 lbs. German Vienna info
.25 lbs. CaraMalt info
8 lbs. Liquid Light Extract info
1 oz. Mt. Hood (Pellets, 5.00 %AA) boiled 60 min. info
1 oz. Saaz (Pellets, 5.00 %AA) boiled 20 min. info
1 tablespoons Irish moss (not included in calculations)
We are substituting White Labs WLP820 (Octoberfest/Märzen) with White Labs WLP003 (German Ale II)... Thoughts?
Thanks to Kenn for footing the bill and gathering the ingredients, in honor of my son's birth...
What do you think of faux Oktoberfests, or Lager inspired Ales in general? I'd love to read your thoughts, so please leave a comment.
More details on brew day coming tomorrow... And we'll be sampling and reviewing Spaten Oktoberfest while we brew, so stay tuned!
UPDATE! Based on some reading and some advice from the beer philosopher, I think the key here will be to do my best to keep the fermentation temp as low as possible within this particular yeast range to control the esters (fruity flavors) in the beer.
Description: This is the fruity character found in some ales. Certain yeasts will throw more esters than others. Acceptable in most ales, not acceptable in clean lagers. That banana aroma/flavor you get from a hefeweizen? That's an example of ester(s).
Cause: Higher fermentation temperature will usually produce more esters, as will certain yeast strains. Poor aeration of wort before pitching can also jack up the esters in your brew.
Remedy: Make sure to ferment your beer at the correct temperature according to style and yeast strain. Do your research on whatever yeast strain you are using. Make sure to aerate wort thoroughly before pitching yeast.
The wort is in the primary, moved to the home office, basement not cool enough... Swiped the AC from the baby's room to control temp. Relax, he still sleeps in our room! More to follow...