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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Fall is Right Around the Corner! And so is Oktoberfest and Pumpkin Beer!!

We're already gettting excited! August has arrived without warning, which means that the chill of an early fall is coming soon.  Despite the highs of 100 nearly everyday, we're starting to get excited about the beer we'll be drinking when the weather takes a dip in cooler directions.  To prepare for the fall, it's about time that we start brewing our beers (if you haven't already) that we'll want to be drinking when the leaves change colors.  Here are two of our favorites, including a twist on the Oktoberfest style of beer that should make it easier to brew with the weather this hot right now!

Brewing an Oktoberfest Ale
The Oktoberfest Style is a beer that requires lagering at low temperatures for a longer period of time.  By using an ale yeast at the lower ends of the ale fermentation temperatures, you can still get that clean crisp flavor, without needing a ton of space in your fridge!

Mash at 153 degrees F
3 lbs 2-row malt
2 lbs Cara Munich Malt
1 lb Caravienne Malt
4 lbs Munich Light Malt

Hop Schedule
1 oz Tettnanger at 60 min
1/2 oz Hallertau at 15 minutes
1/2 Hallertau at 5 minutes

Yeast
Wyeast 1007 German Ale- Fermenting in the mid 60s will keep the flavor of this beer crisp and clean.


Brewing a Pumpkin Ale
There is a ton of debate about whether putting pumpkin in the mash actually does anything for the taste of the beer.  I say it doesn't hurt to put it in there, and two of my favorite pumpkin ales include it, so I'm going to as well! This is a perfect beer for Thanksgiving Day! Or Saturday afternoon football!

Mash at 153
9 lb 2-row malt
1 lb Crystal 60
8 oz Crystal 40
8 oz Victory Malt
6 lb Roasted Pumpkin

Hop Schedule
.25 oz Magnum at 60 min
.25 oz Sterling at 60 min
.25 oz Mt Hood at 60 min

Adjuncts
1 tsp cloves at 5 min
2 tsp cinnamon at 5 min
1 lb Brown sugar at 5 min
1 tsp nutmeg at 5 min
1 tsp Allspice at 5 min

Yeast
Wyeast Denny's Favorite 50 (1450)

So get started on these beers so the flavors can really meld together in time for your favorite fall activities!

Cheers and Happy Brewing!

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