JP's Pickelhaube Festbier

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Brewer: JP-2019-09-22
Batch Size: 5.50 galStyle: Festbier ( 4B)
Boil Size: 7.08 galStyle Guide: BJCP 2015
Color: 3.8 SRMEquipment: JP's Grainfather
Bitterness: 24.7 IBUsBoil Time: 60 min
Est OG: 1.057 (14.0° P)Mash Profile: JP's Grainfather Medium Body
Est FG: 1.013 SG (3.3° P)Fermentation: Lager, Three Stage
ABV: 5.8%Taste Rating: 30.0

Amount Name Type #
4.50 gal JP's Salzburg, Austria Water 1
8.70 ml Lactic Acid (Mash 60 min) Misc 2
2.61 g Chalk (Mash 60 min) Misc 3
2.39 g Epsom Salt (MgSO4) (Mash 60 min) Misc 4
1.00 Campden Tablets (Mash 60 min) Misc 5
0.05 g Baking Soda (Mash 60 min) Misc 6
7 lbs Pilsner (Weyermann) (1.7 SRM) Grain 7
4 lbs Vienna Malt (Weyermann) (3.0 SRM) Grain 8
1.00 oz Saaz [2.8%] - First Wort Hops 9
0.75 oz German Tradition [6.0%] - Boil 60 min Hops 10
1.00 Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15 min) Misc 11
1.00 Yeast Nutrient (Boil 10 min) Misc 12
1.0 pkgs German Bock Lager (White Labs #WLP833) Yeast 13
1.0 pkgs German Lager (White Labs #WLP830) Yeast 14
1.10 Clarity Ferm (White Labs) (Primary 7 days) Misc 15

Taste Notes

In the 1970s, Munich Breweries like Paulaner began to notice that paler versions of their Oktoberfestbier were selling better than the classic, full-bodied, copper-colored brew. So Paualaner initiated a return to the more Vienna-style Oktoberfest, which was lighter in body and color, in an an attempt to make it still taste great and yet be less filling.The result was festbier, which was adopted in 1990 os Oktoberfest’s official beer. Festiber provides a wonderful opportunity to fine-tune the balance between malty flavor, clean lager character, crisp though not quite bitter noble hop accents, and drinkability.


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