Helles Bock eBIAB 1

Beer 3 of 12 for my Skirmish in the Triad run.  Yet another new style for me.  I’ve brewed a lot of lagers but never a Maibock/Helles Bock for some reason.  this recipe is basically the last Helles Bock that won at NHC which appears to be Jamil’s BCS recipe.

Recipe Info
Recipe: helles bock ebiab 1
Style: Helles Bock 4C BJCP 2015
Date: 08-07-2016

Recipe

Guideline Min

Guideline Max

OG

1.070

1.064

1.072

FG

1.014

1.011

1.018

Color

7.0

6.0

11.0

ABV

7.3

6.3

7.4

IBU

26.0

23.0

35.0

Brewery Info
Efficiency: 70 %
Attenuation: 80 %

Mash Info
Weight: 18.0 Lbs
Thickness: 1.52 Qt per Lb
Deadspace: 2.5 G
Strikewater: 9.34 G
Volume: 10.78 G
Temp: 154.0 F

Boil Info
Kettle Gravity: 1.058
Predicted Mash Run-off: 7.72 G
Target Starting Boil Volume: 7.75 G
Boil Duration: 60 min
Evaporation Rate: 1.25 G per Hour
Final Boil Volume: 6.5 G

Fermentables

Weight

% by Weight

Name

Yield

SRM

12.500 Lb

69.0 %

Pilsen (BestMälz)

78.3

1.5

5.500 Lb

31.0 %

Munich (BestMälz)

76.1

7.6

Hops

Weight

Name

AAU

Time

Use

IBUs

0.8 Oz

Magnum

12.0

60 mins

Boil

26.0

Yeast

Amount

Name

1.000 unit

Southern German Lager White Labs WLP838

Misc

Amount

Name

Time

Use

1.000 tablet

Whirlfloc Tablet

15 mins

Boil

0.500 tsp

Yeast Nutrient (Wyeast)

10 mins

Boil

Water

Predicted Mash Ph: 5.45

Ca

Mg

Na

Cl

So

Bicarbonate

Water

7

3

21

11

24

46

Mash

73

3

21

93

71

46

Sparge

0

0

0

0

0

0

Final

105

4

30

133

102

67

Target

75

0

0

0

0

0

Mash Water
Total Water Treated: 9.340 G
Percent RO / Distlled: 0 %
Water Used: 9.340 G

Mash Water Adjustments
Gypsum: 3.0 g
Calcium Chloride: 6.0 g
Lactic Acid: 5.0 ml @ 88.000 %

notes:

pitched at 50F and held the whole ferment.

8/9/16 3L starter with 300g of DME of WY2308
8/11/16 normal brew day until the end.  I took off the aluminum foil sprayed it down with starsan.  I went to pitch it and there was a single fruit fly in the top.  Oh the humanity!!!!  the yeast was still caked at the bottom so I poured off all the liquid and ran off some leftover worth from the kettle and swirled it up and pitched it.  i could very likely be screwed but i’ll know in a month 🙂
8/12/16 slow steady bubbling.  kreusen forming w/ some odd bubbles.  oh oh.
8/13-15/16 steady bubbling with a very thin kreusen.
8/16/16 seems to be slowing just a little but still steady bubbling
8/17/16 ~5 secs between bubbles
8/18/16 ~3 sec
8/19/16 ditto
8/20/16 ditto
8/22/16 ditto
8/26/16 no bubbling
9/1/16 racked to keg for lagering.  FG 1.018 pH 4.40
tastes good.  nice malt character.  very clean malt.  yeast is a bit green but good and where it should be in the process.  hazy and a little boozy in the nose
9/2/16 tasting a carbonated sample.  seems spot on to style except for haze.  very good.
10/8/16 gelatin added
10/10/16 racked to serving keg

I really like this beer and not sure I would change anything although i may try the bock yeast instead of southern german.  i entered it in a couple competitions.  here are the first results from the skirmish in the triad.  scored in the low  30s.  both judges seemed to like it with one noticing a metallic flavor that i wasn’t getting.

hb_dp1m hb_dp2m

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