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Old 01-07-2017, 08:08 PM   #1
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7 lbs Avangard Pilsner Malt
1 lb Avangard 20L Munich Malt
1 lb Avangard 10L Munich Malt
6 oz MF 80L Crystal Malt
8 oz Sugar (table sugar)
1 oz German Perle pellet hops - 60 min (4.5 AA - 14.6 IBU)
.5 oz German Perle pellet hops - 20 min (4.5 AA - 4.8 IBU)
SafLager S-189 dry yeast

Infusion Mash @ 156*F - igloo cooler - 1.5 hrs
Temp to 168*F before adding to lauter tun
7.25 gallons collected from sparge
Boil 75 min
5.25 gallons final volume, SG 1.054 - yeast pitched @ 60*F
Fermenter in basement @ 56.5*F ambient temp

This is a Oktoberfest/Märzen batch for my wife. She has (I hope) no clue I'm making it for her. Back when I had my beer fridge with a manual temperature controller, I made this batch and to this day it was her favorite. Hoping I can replicate my past success. I'd made this another time about a year ago, but with the IBUs at 25, she thought it was too bitter.
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Kegged this one 2-5-17. Nice color, still a bit cloudy (worried that my sparge water was a bit too warm). Too young to be drinking, a bit estery for a Fest beer. Hoping a month or so in a cold corny keg will smooth things out a bit. If not I'm sure it won't go to waste with me around.
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Tried a sip tonight, markedly improved. Heavy esters are a thing of the past, just needed some age. Not crystal clear yet, but good enough that I poured the rest of my 16oz glass full (went well with spicy ground turkey tacos for dinner).
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Tried a sip tonight, markedly improved. Heavy esters are a thing of the past, just needed some age. Not crystal clear yet, but good enough that I poured the rest of my 16oz glass full (went well with spicy ground turkey tacos for dinner).
So happy your beer mellowed! But....turkey and taco should never be used in the same sentence. Maybe I just live too close to Mexico!

 
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But....turkey and taco should never be used in the same sentence. Maybe I just live too close to Mexico!
Two T1D kids, so I have to watch the saturated fat where ever possible. That means more fowl and less beef. Plus it doesn't hurt my heart to limit a bit of the fat either.
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Two T1D kids, so I have to watch the saturated fat where ever possible. That means more fowl and less beef. Plus it doesn't hurt my heart to limit a bit of the fat either.
I know, I know....two heart attack survivor here. Turkey and chicken every day make me wish for #3 sometimes!! Folks want to go to Mars and we can even fix our food down where it doesn't try to kill you!

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I'll bet that beer kicks butt in about another month or so, if you can wait that long. On the food, I'm trying to do that in advance of the heart attack, so I maybe avert one. 5 days out of 7, lunch is a green salad, I jog a mile three times a week, do the weights, etc. Seems my body has a hankering to have a heart attack eventually, the medical signs say, so I am trying to curb that urge. LOL...

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I'll bet that beer kicks butt in about another month or so, if you can wait that long. On the food, I'm trying to do that in advance of the heart attack, so I maybe avert one. 5 days out of 7, lunch is a green salad, I jog a mile three times a week, do the weights, etc. Seems my body has a hankering to have a heart attack eventually, the medical signs say, so I am trying to curb that urge. LOL...
I'm hoping it kicks butt since it's for my wife. Might let her try it tonight since I don't think she's driving anywhere. I'm working on building a cooler that uses ice to lower ambient temps 20*F or so, plan on using that to try and make a lager @ 45-50*F or so. Just have to find a way to get an 8' x 4' sheet of insulated board into a Corolla. Might have it delivered when I get wood delivered to redo my deck this Spring.

My paternal Grandpa died of a heart attack (72), my Dad of cancer (69), my maternal Grandpa of a stroke (56), my maternal Grandma of leukemia (63-ish), and my paternal Grandma of old age (96, she looked like a pretzel from Arthur Ritus). I'm hoping to follow my paternal Grandma, who loved her a.m. daily bloody mary until her late 80's. What's the use of living a long life on this earth if you aren't having some fun?

Edit: Hey Mikey, she likes it!
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Don't think 'into', think 'on top of'.
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If I put the sheet at the right angle, I might get 'er airborne!
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