Coming directly from a “early in the season” maibock/double helles, is the my favorite yeast in the lager category. The White Labs 833 – German Bock Lager. My brew bretheren….bow ye heads to this yeast, for it the lager yeast to end all!! This is the yeast that netted me two ribbons in 2010 in the Octoberfest/Marzen category , wowed every brewer that tasted it, and went on to score highly in a competition as a stand in for an ale yeast for my IPA, err…IPL! All this was accomplished AFTER it had been re-pitched several times. It still remained clean and attenuative. This is the yeast that keeps killing it every time! Now this reputation continues to be true: after 3 months in primary and underneath a 7.5% helles bock this yeast is back for more. The reputed great Munich Dunkel lager.
I made a very modest 1.040 starter this evening to wake up this beast. I said that if the yeast wakes up tonight and looks viable enough, that we shall brew tomorrow! As i type this sentence the foam is thick inside the gallon jug that houses the monster lager yeast which wont die nor mutate. Everything defined as the “rules” to yeast collecting and re-pitching, this yeast has broken. It has been said that you should not pitch over 5-7 times, don’t try to reuse a yeast on lower gravity beer after fermenting a higher gravity beer, don’t leave your beer in primary too long for fear of autolysis…all been done with this yeast with no ill effects. It is clear to me that some strains of brewers yeast are resilient and some ain’t. But enough about this yeast for now….on to its next mission and the beer at hand.
- Munich Dunkel
- Keys to a great Dunkel
- Use a good German lager yeast: for me its the German lager yeast WLP833(accept no substitute)
- Use a decoction mash schedule to get the most traditional, old-world flavors. Melanoiden malt will get you close but isn’t the same!
- Use 100% German Munich Malt for the malt bill…..
Again, the recipe shown is NOT a traditional recipe. As was stated above the traditional way is 100% munich malt with a good German lager and a solid decoction mash process. I feel the type of hops do not matter as long as they don’t completely overtake the brew, (hence the Warrior hops). I chose the Warrior because they are a very clean bittering hop. If that bothers you and you want to remain traditional, than you can swap them out for a “noble” variety, just match the IBU’s with your hops of choice. The carafa III is solely for color and should not add any flavor. I have heard some people say they can taste it, but at 2% of the recipe I seriously doubt it can be picked up by any BJCP judge. I do not plan on entering this brew as a competition entry but it should fit the full guidelines of the BJCP category if you decide so. If you do use the recipe below: note that I included my Brewhouse Efficiency at 84.00 %. Unless your efficiency is the same than only pay attention to the percentages! The percentages will remain the same no matter what your extraction percentage is. If you have never had a true german dunkel and you like that good malty-lager type stuff…by all means…try one! Start with the list here :http://beeradvocate.com/lists/style/46 When you are ready to brew a great, malty dark lager…try the one below. Cheers and CABREW on!
Style: Munich Dunkel
TYPE: All Grain
Batch Size: 6.50 gal
Boil Size: 9.00 gal
Estimated OG: 1.055 SG
Estimated Color: 16.9 SRM
Estimated IBU: 24.3 IBU
Brewhouse Efficiency: 84.00 %
Boil Time: 90 Minutes
Amount Item Type % or IBU
10 lbs Munich II (Weyermann) (9.0 SRM) Grain 88.89 %
1 lbs Pilsner (2 Row) Ger (2.0 SRM) Grain 8.89 %
4.0 oz Carafa III (Weyermann) (525.0 SRM) Grain 2.22 %
0.60 oz Warrior [13.00 %] (90 min) Hops 24.3 IBU
1 Pkgs German Bock Lager (White Labs #WLP833) Yeast-Lager
Mash Schedule: Decoction Mash, Double
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