Amber Oktoberfest

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Getting ready to brew up a Amber Oktoberfest, here is the kit recipe and instructions. This is pretty typical of what to expect with a beer kit. However this mini mash has a 60 minute 3lb speciality grains and ingredients are added at different time frames during the boil. Same basic principle though. This is an expensive kit, but I got it on clearance from my friend at hobby homebrew for a great price. I couldn't pass it up :) actually I think he put it on clearance just for me. Its odd because it went on clearance just after I told him about my plans to have an Octoberfest party. I guess he's was ensuring he gets an invite. o_O

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after chilling this Octoberfest down to 34 degrees and allowing it to remain @ 34 degrees for several days. It just keeps getting better and better. I actually find myself craving a glass full right around dinner time. I made this with 1/4 of the hops the recipe calls for, 1/2 ounce 60 minute boil and no aroma hops. To me this beer is totally delicious and darn near perfect, the 1/2 ounce of bittering hops "almost" perfectly balances out the sweetness of the malts. But does not overpower the malt sweetness in such a way as you taste nothing but Bittering hops.

If you ever had a malty sweet caramel flavored Oktoberfest beer, you would really enjoy this one. I posted the recipe and ingredients that came with the kit in the first post of this thread, if anyone wants to give it a try. You can purchase the ingredients at any local homebrew shop.

Given enough fermentation time and a proper lagering schedule this is a really great beer. But again, I stress go light handed with the hops, I suspect this beer would be way to hoppy if it were brewed with 2 oz of hops called for in the recipe instead of 1/2 oz of that I brewed it with.
 
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I'm still drinking off the keg of this malty sweet Oktoberfest. It's a truly wonderful brew. And it just keeps getting better over time. I need to brew this earlier, say like in Jan or Feb for a awesome Oktoberfest brew in October. It seems to me, I best like a beer with no more than 10 IBU (International bitterness unit). Using 1/4 of the hops called for, puts this brew around 5.5 IBU which is about 1/2 as less bitter as Coors Light, which is around 10 IBU. But with this brew however you can actually taste the malty sweetness and that's the way I like it. I'm really going to miss this beer when I pull the handle on the facuet and it spurts out foam instead of beer.
 
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I'm still drinking off the keg of this malty sweet Oktoberfest. It's a truly wonderful brew. And it just keeps getting better over time. I need to brew this earlier, say like in Jan or Feb for a awesome Oktoberfest brew in October. It seems to me, I best like a beer with no more than 10 IBU (International bitterness unit). Using 1/4 of the hops called for, puts this brew around 5.5 IBU which is about 1/2 as less bitter as Coors Light, which is around 10 IBU. But with this brew however you can actually taste the malty sweetness and that's the way I like it. I'm really going to miss this beer when I pull the handle on the facuet and it spurts out foam instead of beer.
if you start another batch now that just means the next round comes sooner rather than later. :) winter is a good time to be a brewin'...
 

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if you start another batch now that just means the next round comes sooner rather than later. :) winter is a good time to be a brewin'...
I like the way you think...

My wife asked me: what do you want for Christmas, Santa Clause? Well... Santa Clause wants a new 9mm pistol for Mrs Clause and Santa wants a Mash & Boil with pump :) With the mash and boil, I can go all grain. No more liquid or dried malt extracts. Besides it will come in handy for soups and canning so it's really for both of us also. Plus it can be a s t I l l with an optional s t I l l pot lid :) I'll most likely solder my own though.

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My first all grain will be this Irish red ale
 
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