May Bock

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My take on MaiBock sometimes also referred to as Heller Bock. Mai means the month of May in German (Pronounced May) and Heller means Pale in German.

Introduction:
After long winter months of drinking darker colored Bocks, May Bock ushers in spring, with a pale version of a traditional Bock. Traditionally served during the month of May and during Spring Fests.

The absence of caramel malts keeps this May Bock light-colored, while the large quantity of Munich and Light Pilsen base malts provides body, residual sweetness and Bock alcohol strength.

Adheres to German Reinheitsgebot (purity order) of 1516.
Ingredients for 5 gallons:
7 gallons spring Water
3 lbs Munich Dry Malt Extract
6 lbs Light Pilsen Dry Malt Extract
1/2 oz (14 grams) Hallertau hops
11g Saflager 34/70 Lager Yeast

Estimated stats:
OG 1.076
AVB 7.5%
IBU 12
Color 6 SRM

Target Appearance:
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I went ahead and brewed the May Bock this evening.

Here's what the malt looked like pre boil. I was pretty conserned because it started out dark amber color. This is supposed to be pale in color. I thought i messed up creating my recipe.
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But as the boil started it got lighter and lighter in color. I did a 60 minute gentle roiling boil. I didn't want to chance carmelizing any of the malt and making it darker.
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14 grams of Hallertau hops (tare weight) added to a small muslin bag and then added to the wort at the beginning of the 60 minute boil.
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This is what the wort looked like after chilling to 60 degrees. It's really close in color to what I had planned. But I'll have to see what the color is after primary fermentation completes. Gravity is 1.078, which is so close to 1.076 that I had planned, this made me very happy.
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Finished at 1.020, which puts this jacked up juice at 7.61 alcohol by volume. I could let it go longer and it will continue to ferment some during lagering. But I like it just how it is, nice and sweet. Pilsen malt is a very sweet malt. It has a sweet citrus flavor, I can't quite put my finger on it but its like a real lite orange flavor. Most definitely a spring beer, that's for sure. Interested to see how this turns out after lagering and carbonation.
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