German for “black beer”, a schwartbier is the perfect beer for the changing of the seasons. Still eminently drinkable, this 'clean' lager has a slight roast character and a bready malt character that will carry you through football tailgating season and beyond. The hopping is restrained, but still present, so it's a beer that is suitable for everyone. A well balanced beer, this beer is a German classic for a reason.
This lager is an intermediate/advanced style due to the recommendation of making a yeast starter (or purchase two packages of yeast) as well as strict temperature control in the low 50°F range during fermentation as well as a lagering period in a refrigerator or temperature-controlled freezer. Many brewers in the Northern US and Canada find they can ferment this beer at a steady 50°F in places such as a cellar or basement. .A diacetyl rest after primary fermentation is recommended, and then racking to secondary for the lagering period is highly recommended. In lieu of making this recipe as a traditional lager, a clean, well attenuating American ale yeast can be used at ale temperatures, which will still make an amazing beer, just without the signature lager finish.
In lieu of making this recipe as a traditional lager, a clean, well attenuating American ale yeast can be used at ale temperatures, which will still make an amazing beer, just without the signature lager finish.
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- Batch Size: 5 Gallons
- Mash at 150-152ºF for 60 minutes
- Est. Original Gravity: 1.047 SG
- Est. Final Gravity: 1.010-1.012 SG
- Est. Alcohol by Volume: 4.6-4.8%
- Bitterness: 27 IBUs
- Estimated Color: 23.2 SRM
Malts and Adjuncts:
- Pilsner Malt
- Light Munich Malt
- Midnight Wheat Malt
- Magnum Hop Pellets
- Hallertau Mittelfrüh Hop Pellets