German Beer Styles & Recipes

When you think of beer do you think of Germany?  Where else in the world is there a beer culture so ingrained that they have a month long festival to celebrate it.  I’m still note sure why it’s called Octoberfest (16 September–3 October 2017) when it ends at the beginning of October. But none-the-less it’s a festival of the thing we love the most and a good excuse to drink and try more beer.

Interesting German Beer Facts

Did you know that they have a beer purity law (the 1516 Reinheitsgebot) which decrees that only hops, barley, yeast and water can be used to brew beer. This law is over 500 years old and will be around for another 500 years I’m sure.

  • German Monks used to call beer “liquid bread”
  • It is the birthplace of Lager and we’re not just talking mass produced swill but some really tasty refreshing ones
  • Frederick the Great a really great important dude loved beer so much he banned coffee
  • Germans on average drink approximately 320 beers per annum
  • You can drink it on the street and don’t need to cover it in a paper bag
  • Germans love to recycle and turning in your empty bottle means you will get money back to buy more beer
  • Over 1500 breweries in Germany alone, compared to 501 breweries in Australia (we are catching up quickly)
German Home Brew Recipes

In honour of this festival of liquid bread we decided to create a range of Small Batch German Beer Recipes that you can make at home. Prost! (Cheers)

ImageTitleBeer StylesMethodABVIBU
Small Batch Brew - Home Brew Recipe LabelWeizenbockWeizenbockPartial Method5.826.4
Small Batch Brew - Home Brew Recipe LabelRebornRoggenbierAll Grain5.521.5
Small Batch Brew - Home Brew Recipe LabelSchwarzbierSchwarzbierAll Grain5.311.9
Small Batch Brew - Home Brew Recipe LabelSaaz German PilsGerman Pilsner (Pils)All Grain4.442.4
Small Batch Brew - Home Brew Recipe LabelHalf Wheat MotherWeizen/WeissbierPartial Mash6.113.4
Small Batch Brew - Home Brew Recipe LabelHoney I Doppled the BockDoppelbockAll Grain10.924.1
Small Batch Brew - Home Brew Recipe LabelAltbierNorthern German AltbierExtract6.016.1
Small Batch Brew - Home Brew Recipe LabelBlack BocksTraditional BockAll Grain6.528.2
Small Batch Brew - Home Brew Recipe LabelFlanders AltbierAltbierAll Grain5.342.0
Small Batch Brew - Home Brew Recipe LabelDoppelbockDoppelbockAll Grain6.920.0
Small Batch Brew - Home Brew Recipe LabelHoney Sweetie WheatBavarian Weizen (Weissbier)Extract5.035.4

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Flanders Altbier

Altbier (German: old beer) is a style of beer brewed in the historical region of Westphalia and around the city of Düsseldorf, Germany. Its name comes from it being top-fermented, an older method than the bottom fermentation of other lagered beers.
Source: Wikipedia
Altbier Characteristics
ABV range: 4.3% – 5.5%
IBU range: 25 – 50
Color: Deep copper, Light amber
Hops: Tettnanger, Hallertauer Magnum, Spalt
Malt: Caramunich, Carafa special ii, Munich, Pilsner
Yeast: Ale

Recipe Details

Batch Size Boil Time IBU SRM Est. OG Est. FG ABV
5 L 60 min 42.0 IBUs 25.7 EBC 1.052 1.012 5.3 %
Actuals 1.066 1.015 6.7 %

Style Details

Name Cat. OG Range FG Range IBU SRM Carb ABV
Altbier 5 D 1.044 - 1.048 1.008 - 1.014 25 - 40 25 - 65 2.4 - 2.8 4.5 - 5 %

Fermentables

Name Amount %
Munich (Cargill) 660.1 g 53.92
Pilsner (2 Row) Ger 440 g 35.94
Caramunich Malt 124.1 g 10.13

Hops

Name Amount Time Use Form Alpha %
Perle 3.1 g 60 min Boil Pellet 7.8
Perle 6.1 g 30 min Boil Pellet 7.8
Hallertauer Hersbrucker 6.1 g 15 min Boil Pellet 4.3

Yeast

Name Lab Attenuation Temperature
Nottingham (-) Danstar 75% 13.89°C - 21.11°C

Mash

Step Temperature Time
Mash In 66.67°C 60 min

Fermentation

Step Time Temperature
Primary 14 days 16.67°C
Aging 30 days 18.33°C

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