The final brew day for the year of 2010 is going to be another modified MB recipe. It will consist of a partial mash of some grains, along with a can of MB's Oktoberfest Vienna Lager and some DME as well. REALLY anticipating a nice beer out of this recipe (4.8% abv and about 22ish IBU)
OVL+ - Brewed 12/10/2010 partial mash in 2.5 quarts of water includes: - 1lb 2-Row - 1/2lb Crystal 60L - 1/2lb Munich malt 60 minute mash around 155*, then dunk and sparge in a separate pot a few times. Begin 60 minute boil. - 1/3 oz of Tettnanger hops added for 35-40 minutes - approx 1/4 oz Hallertau hops added for 20 minutes - 1/2lb wheat DME - 1 can MB Octoberfest Vienna Lager add both malt extracts at flameout and allow to sit for several minutes to pasteurize. Cool wort to about 68* and pitch MB yeast. ***ended up using closer to 2.4 gallons in the fermenter, which should drop the ABV to 4.6% and the IBU to around 20...still not too bad if the flavors come through! ***fermentation went off quick (used two packs of MB yeast) and was around 71*, so I moved the keg into basement and got it down to around 64* over the course of the day, and will try to keep it there for the duration of the process
ferment through 1/3/2011 bottle in ML HD and a few regular bottles and carb through 1/17/2011 condition through about 1/24/2011 then off to the fridge 1st test around 1/31/2011
This mod of OVL was a big hit with my all who have tried it (okay, so that consists of myself, my wife, and my in-laws...who are from Bavaria fwiw). After drinking OVL+ they were reminded of the 200th anniversary festbier that we were able to drink last fall at the 2010 Oktoberfest in Munchen. That particular brew was stronger and more full-bodied than most of the current German festbier options (the majority being slightly sweeter and darker helles lagers IMO), which was something that we all REALLY enjoyed. That being said, OVL+ had a nice malty nose and finger of fluffy off-white head that dissipated quickly and left very little to no lacing. The bit of sweetness (thanks to the added hops for balancing this all out) and full body made this an extremely drinkable beer, and we kicked half of the home draft night one (down to maybe 3-4 pints left after their visit! Hooray for good home brew!). So, while I do not have any immediate plans to purchase any more MB refills on my own, I would definitely revisit this recipe if the opportunity presented itself...prosit! ~Next Recipe~
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