Batch 125 – Munich Dunkel Lager (All-Grain)

A few weeks after the Dunkelweizen Schwarzeweizenbock brewday, I made the last of the three batches that I would be serving at a scaled back Oktoberfest party that we had decided to hold the first weekend of October.  I first had to decide what beer would accompany the Festbier and the Märzen.  For previous Oktoberfest parties, I would serve a Märzen, and usually a hefeweizen and a Bavarian-style lager.  But with the Festbier, I decided I would make a beer more along the lines of a Munich Dunkel Lager.

As I recall, this recipe is mostly my creation and includes:

  • 7.0 pounds of Pilsner Malt
  • 2.75 pounds Munich Malt (20°)
  • 6 ounces of Crystal Malt (60º)
  • 4 ounces Cara-Munich Malt (40º)
  • 2 ounces Cara-Munich Malt (60º)
  • 2 ounces Chocolate Malt (350°)
  • 2.0 ounces Hallertau Hops (3.8%)
  • SafLager W34/70 Yeast (reused from the Märzen)
Batch 125 - Munich Dunkel Lager

Batch 125 – Munich Dunkel Lager

My targets, based on Brew Pal, are:

  • Original Gravity:  1055
  • Final Gravity:  1013
  • ABV:  5.5%
  • 25 IBU
  • 15.0 Lovibond

Brew day was, happily, uneventful.  The original gravity came out a little below target at 1.050.  Putting the beer on the left over Märzen yeast resulting in a pretty quick fermentation.  After about 10 days in primary, the gravity was at 1.012.  When I transferred the beer to secondary two weeks later, the gravity measurement of 1.010 was below the target final gravity.  The beer had a short lagering period of a little more than two weeks at 45 degrees.  When I filtered, kegged and carbonated the beer, the color and flavor of the beer was better than I hoped.

Nice color for the Dunkel Lager

Nice color for the Dunkel Lager

Now everything was ready for the Oktoberfest party.  But that is a post for another day.

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