Authentic Düsseldorf Altbier (Literally German for “Old Beer”) is rare to find outside of Germany. It’s a shame, because this style has it all. The flavor is malty and smooth, with notes of dark bread. Well-hopped but not overly hoppy, this beer balances all of the character of the noble hops with the wonderful rich malt flavor. Our Düsseldorf Altbier is a bit less sweet than the Northern German Altbier, with a bit more hops and less caramel flavor. Try them both to see which one you prefer!
Store cold once it’s in the bottle, or lager in a carboy or keg for 3-4 weeks for most authentic “Old Beer” flavor and lager-like finish. A yeast starter (or two packages of yeast) is recommended for best results due to the cooler fermentation temperature.
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Düsseldorf Altbier - All-Grain Recipe Kit Instructions
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The term "Alt" (German for old) is an allusion to the old style of brewing beer in Germany. This style dates back many centuries, but the term "Altbier" wasn't coined until the 1800's, when the "New Beer" (lagers) started threatening the old style. Before that, to the Düsseldorfers, Altbier was just Bier! Traditional Düsseldorf Altbiers have German Pilsner Malt as a base with light and dark Munich malts making up the backbone of the specialty malts portion of the grain bill, tossed with small amounts of darker malts for caramel flavor and darker color. The traditional "Old-Style" beer uses Spalt hops for bittering, flavor, and aroma, but Hallertau Mittelfrüh is an excellent substitution for homebrewers who can't get their hands on the elusive noble hop.
- Batch Size: 5 Gallons
- Mash at 150 for 75 Minutes to ensure conversion
- Ferment at 58-62ºF
- Est. Original Gravity: 1.050 SG
- Est. Final Gravity: 1.010 SG
- Est. Alcohol by Volume: 5.2%
- Bitterness: 40 IBUs
- Est. Color: 15.8 SRM
Malts and Adjuncts:
- Light Munich
- Dark Munich
- Caramunich Type 3
- Carafa Type 2
- Hallertau Mittelfrüh Hop Pellets
First off, wasn't really sure this was true to the old style of German altbier but my buddies and I really enjoyed the malty taste and hints of roast. Today I finally went to a local beer store and they had some altbier so we compared and we're pleasantly surprised. I will for sure brew this again and highly recommend. Also I used WL 029 Kolsch