5 Gallons, Grain/Extract, Single Infusion Mash, 90 Minute Boil
4 lbs. Domestic 2-Row
3 lbs. German Pilsner
3 lbs. Flaked Maize
30 Minute Corn Steep at 160°F
90 Minute Single Infusion Mash 148°F
1 lb. Dried Rice Extract
1 oz. Northern Brewer 8.8% 60 min.
1 Whirlfloc tab 20 min.
White Labs WLP830 German Lager Yeast (thanks, Kara!), Vial to 900ml Starter
Fermented at 52°F primary for over 2 weeks then racked to secondary (with a diacetyl rest) for another 3 weeks before stepping down to 40°F for lagering.
OG: 1.060 @ 76°F
FG: 1.009 @ 44°F
Tapped and bottled out a few on 10/21. Very clean tasting with subtle hints of corn, mostly dry. Hops are nicely balanced and the increased ABV is hidden fairly well.
Evaluation: I brought this beer to QUAFF's evaluation panel on November 17th. Clarity was brilliant and many thought the flavor was great. Harold suggested to try a cereal mash with corn meal to truly achieve the aroma and flavor profile that is often a signature of the style.