Category Archives: 4 A Munich Helles

Helles 3v v2

Time to do a run of lagers for my imaginary brewery Grid. Similar to last Helles I brewed that turned out really well with just some minor tweaks of the hops.

Recipe Info
Recipe: helles 3v conical 2
Style: Munich Helles 4A BJCP 2015
Author: 
Date: 07-08-2020

RecipeGuideline MinGuideline Max
OG1.0491.0441.048
FG1.0111.0061.012
Color4.23.05.0
ABV5.04.75.4
IBU26.016.022.0

Brewery Info
Efficiency: 72 %
Attenuation: 78 %

Mash Info
Weight: 17.9 Lbs
Thickness: 1.25 Qt per Lb
Deadspace: 2.0 G
Strikewater: 7.59 G
Volume: 9.03 G
Temp: 150.0 F

Boil Info
Kettle Gravity: 1.042
Predicted Mash Run-off: 5.99 G
Target Starting Boil Volume: 11.0 G
Boil Duration: 60 min
Evaporation Rate: 1.5 G per Hour
Final Boil Volume: 9.5 G

Fermentables

Weight% by WeightNameYieldSRM
16.500 Lb92.0 %Pilsen (best malz)78.31.5
1.400 Lb8.0 %Munich Dark (BestMälz)76.112.7

Hops

WeightNameAAUTimeUseIBUs
0.7 OzMagnum14.460 minsBoil22.0
1.0 OzHallertau Mittelfrüh4.115 minsBoil4.0

Yeast

AmountName
2.000 unitsGerman Lager White Labs WLP830

Misc

AmountNameTimeUse
1.000 tabletWhirlfloc Tablet15 minsBoil
1.000 tspYeast Nutrient (Wyeast)10 minsBoil

Water
Predicted Mash Ph: 5.43

CaMgNaClSoBicarbonate
Water7321302430
Mash65321789830
Sparge753218711130
Final10853312716147
Target7500000

Water Profile Name: 
Target Profile Name: standard

Mash Water
Total Water Treated: 30.284 G
Percent RO / Distlled: 0 %
Water Used: 8.000 G

Mash Water Adjustments
Gypsum: 4.0 g
Calcium Chloride: 3.0 g
Lactic Acid: 6.0 ml @ 88.000 %

Sparge Water
Leftover Mash Water Used: Yes
Total Water Treated: 6.750 G
Percent RO / Distlled: 0 %
Water Used: 6.750 G

Sparge Water Adjustments
Gypsum: 4.0 g
Calcium Chloride: 3.0 g

Notes

Mash 150f 60 mins
169 10 mins 

Pitch at 48f
Raise to 50f over 24 hrs
Hold 2 weeks
Raise to 60 over 48 hrs
Hold through 3 weeks
Lager 1 month

Carb to 2.5-2.6 vols

8/12/20 1.5L 2 pouch starter
8/14/20 normal 3v brew day. pitched @ 2pm EST
8/15/20 8am no activity, 8pm no activity
8/16/20 8am slow steady bubbling. raised from 49F to 50F
8/17/20 steady bubbling but not strong
8/18/20 picked up just a little. steadier bubbling.
8/19-22/20 slow steady bubbling
8/23/20 ~3 sec
8/24/20 ~5 sec
8/25/20 ~9 sec
8/26/20 ~11 sec
8/27/20 ~17 sec
8/28/20 no bubbling. raised to 60F. after warm up ~11sec
8/29-31/20 no bubbling
9/2/20 FG 1.014 tastes really good. clean.
9/4/20 FG 1.014 no change. diacetyl test – cold: clean, warm: clean 🙂
cold crash to 35F to harvest yeast
9/6/20 harvested yeast and only got 100mL 🙁
will need to let cold crash longer next time since I got plenty last helles but that was with a 9 day cold crash.
will need to grow this up for the next beer.
racked to keg & forced carb @ 30psi
tastes really good. hazy still.
5G to keg and ~2gallons left over which i can keg next time.
9/9/20 put on draft
9/12/20 just starting to clear up but still hazy
9/16/20 starting to get really good but still a little hazy. starting to see through it.
9/19/20 pretty clear. just a bit of haze.
9/21/20 pretty clear. really good. so seems a 2 week lager is good.
9/23/20 really getting good. not crystal clear but good clarity
9/27/20 dropped clear ~3 weeks of lagering
10/4/20 totally crystal clear ~4 weeks of lagering

really nice beer and best to put on draft around week 3.