Bruhmalt Balcony Brew '99
Source: Ben Newman
Recipe added: 02/04/00
Gambrinus malting (no relation, just good product) in Armstrong, BC makes a great Bruhmalt (German style "honey" malt). This recipe highlites the characteristics of that malt in a strong lager. Crystal clear and full copper colour make it a joy to regard. Decoction mashing brings out the full malty flavour which may seem overpowering until its lagered. For a true Marzen it finished a touch too sweet. The mash temperature schedule and Cara Pilsner encourage a lot of dextrins. 2124 is a low attenuating yeast but with very low sulphur and low ester at high gravity. For competition you may want to back off a little on the Bruhmalt and use a high proportion of a toasty Vienna. I have soft water and add a touch of gypsum, epsom and use some citric acid in the sparge water. Wort priming will give a better head than corn sugar. Feel free to e-mail me for discussion of beer, brewing, bruhmalt or otherwise.
Ben Newman (Burnaby, BC)
Recipe type: All Grain
Batch Size: ~23 litres
Starting Gravity: 1.059
Finishing Gravity: 1.019
Time in Boil: 90 min
Primary Fermentation: 10 days @ 10 C to 1.035
Secondary Fermentation: 9 days @ 8 C to 1.023
Additional Fermentation: 8 weeks @ 5-8 C
- 4.9 kg Gambrinus Pale 1.9L
- 0.75 kg Gambrinus Bruhmalt 20L
- 0.36 kg DWC Caramel Pilsner 1.6L
- 0.33 kg Pale Wheat malt 2.5L
- 0.125 kg DWC Biscuit malt 25L
- 0.1 kg Carastan 60L
- 2.0 oz Tettnang pellets 4.4% alpha
- Wyeast 2124 Bohemian Lager - 2.0 litre starter or more
My decoction method ...
Dough - in with 1 2/3 l/kg.
Infuse 0.8 l/kg of boiling water to hit 35-40 C acid rest.
Pull decoction, saccharify for 30 minutes at 68 C.
Bring main mash to quick 55 C rest.
Boil decoction 15 minutes.
Remix to main mash for 68 C rest.
Saccharify to full conversion and sparge.
First wort hop (FWH) 1/2 oz at beginning of sparge.
Boil 30 minutes, add remainder of hops for 60 minute more.
Whirlpool with Irish moss, cool and pitch yeast at about 8C.
Long lagering is a must.
I bottle condition/carbonate with about 1 l. of saved wort.
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