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Monday, December 31, 2012

Dusseldorf Altbier, "ALT"er Ego

Hi all!  To start the new year off, I will be brewing a Dusseldorf Altbier.  This style is one of my favorites!  I love the big malty backbone with the moderate hop bitterness which for me makes quite the quaffable brew.  The lower alcohol content (4.5-5.2%) is great if you want to have more than one! 
My mashbill consists of German malts from Weyermann Malting as follows:  Munich Type II, Pilsner, Dark Wheat Malt, and CaraAroma.  My hops selection is German Magnum and Hallertauer.  I'm opting for Fermentis Safale US-05 yeast, which attenuates fairly high for a drier, crisp and clean finish, letting the maltiness come through.
Brew day is scheduled for January 2, 2013!  I'll keep you posted!
Cheers!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Dunkel"rye"zen

A dark wheat beer complimented with the spiciness of rye malt.  The phenols and esters of banana, clove, and slight bubblegum, play well with the spiciness of the rye.  This beer opens up as it warms. 
Sorry about the late post as the holidays kind of got in the way.  I think I will be brewing more German styles in the near future!
Cheers!