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Death & Taxes
« on: January 07, 2017, 08:03:48 AM »
Anyone have a recipe that is close to this local favorite?
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Re: Death & Taxes
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2017, 06:58:28 PM »
I love this beer!

from the Moonlight website:

"Death & Taxes Black Beer

A San Fransico-Style Black Lager. Deceptively light-bodied and highly drinkable. Drinks like iced coffee with a different effect.

Style:  San Francisco-style Black Lager
Alc/Vol:  5.0 %
Yeast:  Lager

All that can be said to be certain in life."

Never tried to clone it, but my thinking is that a Schwarzbier recipe should be close.  Dry finish, a bit less malty than something like Kostritzer?  Malt and bitterness very well balanced. 

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Re: Death & Taxes
« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2017, 07:14:36 AM »
I love this beer!

from the Moonlight website:

"Death & Taxes Black Beer

A San Fransico-Style Black Lager. Deceptively light-bodied and highly drinkable. Drinks like iced coffee with a different effect.

Style:  San Francisco-style Black Lager
Alc/Vol:  5.0 %
Yeast:  Lager

All that can be said to be certain in life."

Never tried to clone it, but my thinking is that a Schwarzbier recipe should be close.  Dry finish, a bit less malty than something like Kostritzer?  Malt and bitterness very well balanced.

A Schwarzbier (while tasty) would probably have too much roast flavor. Death & Taxes is a dark lager with a very clean finish but a degree of interestingness, I'm guessing more so than the American dark lager recipe in Brewing Classic Styles. You note that Moonlight describes it as a San Francisco-style lager -- I wonder if that's a clue to the yeast used in D&T. Their tap room is nearby so a "research" visit is in order soon.
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