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Märzen Ale

Malt Extract:
Munich Malt Extract 6.0 lb
Alexanders Pale Kicker 1.4 lb
Grain Bill:
German Crystal 55°L 12 oz
German Crystal 90°L 4 oz
Hopping Schedule:
#1 German Hallertau Tradition (5.4%) 1.8 oz 60 min
#2 Czech Saaz (3.5%) 1.0 oz 30 min
#3 Czech Saaz (3.5%) .5 oz 15 min
Starting Gravity:
1.054
Fermentation Temp:
60-65 degrees F
Yeast:
Wyeast 1056 "American Ale"
Wyeast 1338 "European Ale"
Note: Water Treatment is not necessary to make great beer, but it does allow the brewer to explore the many beer styles of the world in more depth and detail. Give it a try. The Calcium Carbonate found in the waters of Munich gives their beers a rounder mouthfeel and balances some of the bitterness of the darker grains.

Directions:

  1. In a small pot bring 3 or 4 quarts of water to around 150 degrees (bubbles start to form on the bottom.)
  2. Remove from the heat and stir in the specialty grains, cover and steep for 20-30 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, fill the large brew pot half full with water and apply heat.
  4. When bubbles start to rise from the large pot, turn off the heat and stir in the extract.
  5. After the grains have steeped for 20-30 minutes, pour them through a strainer into the large brew pot.
  6. Add some hot water to the small pot and rinse the grains in the strainer.
  7. Bring what is now called ‘wort’ to a full, roiling boil. Watch for boilovers!
  8. Once the foaming stops, add the contents of the first hop package.
  9. Sanitize your fermenter, strainer, airlock & stopper.
  10. Maintain the boil for one hour, adding hops as per recipe.
  11. When the boil is done, cool the pot in a sink until sides are cool to the touch.
  12. Pour the wort into your sanitized fermenter, add pre-chilled water to bring it up to 5 gallons at about 75 degrees and pitch the yeast.
  13. Ferment in the temperature range recommended above.
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