|Batch Size||Boil Time||Est. IBU||Est. SRM||Est. OG||Est. FG||Est. ABV|
|5 lbs 4.0 oz||Pilsner (2 Row) Ger (2.0 SRM)||Grain||68.5 %|
|1 lbs 8.0 oz||Munich Malt (9.0 SRM)||Grain||19.6 %|
|6.0 oz||Carafa II (412.0 SRM)||Grain||4.9 %|
|4.5 oz||Caramel/Crystal Malt - 60L (60.0 SRM)||Grain||3.7 %|
|2.4 oz||Pale Chocolate Malt (200.0 SRM)||Grain||2.0 %|
|1.8 oz||Chocolate Malt (Muntons) (375.0 SRM)||Grain||1.4 %|
|0.40 oz||Sterling 2016 [11.60 %] - First Wort 75 min||Hop||22.9 IBUs|
|0.85 oz||Saaz 2016 [3.20 %] - Boil 15.0 min||Hop||5.8 IBUs|
|3.0 pkg||Saflager W34/70 (expired) (Fermentis)||Yeast||-|
“Brown Balanced” in Bru’n Water
|Calcium (ppm)||Magnesium (ppm)||Sodium (ppm)||Sulfate (ppm)||Chloride (ppm)||Bicarbonate (ppm)|
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This won 1st place in the “Amber & Dark European Lagers” category of the 8th Annual Ocean State Homebrew Competition held on 3/25/18. (see http://www.oshc.brewcomp.com). This was one of the larger categories, with 24 entries.
First judge gave a 42, said:
Excellent, clean beer that balances roasted malts, base malts, and bitterness perfectly. Very enjoyable to drink. Very well executed.
Other judge gave a 40, said:
Overall, this is a good attempt at the style. The main flaw is the roast is too high. Try using sinomar to get the dark color without too much roast. Otherwise, this is a well-made beer. Good job!
Be patient! This beer wasn’t great until it mellowed/matured for a month or so. I took it to the February Worts club meeting, and got some notes about it being too astringent and roasty. It’s cool what some time in the keg/bottle can do to really bring a beer together.
It’s also nice to know that expired (dry) yeast can still make some great beer! =)
Next time, I would like to try: