I kinda thought I had already done this. When I started planning my next post (which is coming shortly), I realized I had never mentioned St Patrick's Day.
Well, I won, again. We had what I thought was the biggest challenge, a lager. And, not just any lager. Our drawn beer this time was schwarzbier, a German black lager.
As I read the style guidelines, I thought that it looked very much like a porter, but with lager yeast. So, I thought I would simply use my favorite porter recipe, and change the yeast and hops.
Spaceballs: The Beer
Brewer: Joe Labeck
Batch: 2.00 galExtract
Recipe Gravity: 1.049 OG
Recipe Bitterness: 41 IBU
Recipe Color: 45° SRM
Estimated FG: 1.012
Alcohol by Volume: 4.8%
Alcohol by Weight: 3.8%
Amber malt extract 2.00 lb, Extract, Extract
American chocolate malt 0.50 lb, Grain, Steeped
Crystal 120L 0.50 lb, Grain, Steeped
Molasses 0.33 lb, Sugar, Extract
Tettnanger 1.00 oz, Pellet, 0 minutes
Tettnanger 1.00 oz, Pellet, 60 minutes
Lager yeast 1.00 unit, Yeast,
For me, the greatest difficulty was how to produce a lager without a temperature controlled cooler, or a cave.
The final product was exactly what I had hoped for, a nice, clean lager, with just a hint of the roasted malts and molasses.
Winning was nice. But, as always, making and sharing the beer was the best.