Monday's my birthday, I'm off from work and brewing up a pseudo-Oktoberfest with Wyeast 2124 at ale temps. Can't wait.
What's your method/recipe? I'm really interested in doing something similar but had my ideas shot down by my buddy who is self-proclaimed lager expert. Is it possible to brew an ale that looks and tastes pretty close to an oktoberfest? I just don't have the ability to lager at the moment.
Oh, and happy birthday!
I've done a lot of reading on it, and i figured it was worth trying. I am doing a partial mash with 1 lb Pilsner, 0.5lb caramunich, 2.1 oz aromatic, 2.1 oz Bisciut, and 2.1 oz Carafa III. 1 can Pilsner LME, 1 can Munich LME. Brings me to about a 1.056 OG. 90 min 3.5 gallon boil, Tettanger at 60 min, Hersbrucker close to the end of the boil (15 min I think?).
Fermenting with a starter made from 2 smack packs of 2124. Temp will probably be around 60. I got lots of extra ice water bottles, and something to actually cover the swamp cooler.