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Munich Dunkel
« on: January 12, 2015, 08:42:51 PM »
Looking for some good basic Dunkel recipes. I was thinking of doing a really malty, smooth brown ale but thought maybe a dunkel might get me more of what I am looking for. I have had a couple of tasty commercial examples lately which have piqued my interest.

I assume Munich base malt?
What do I use for color? Chocolate or Carafa malt maybe?
Would 34/70 be an acceptable yeast for the style?
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Re: Munich Dunkel
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2015, 09:02:17 PM »
Looking for some good basic Dunkel recipes. I was thinking of doing a really malty, smooth brown ale but thought maybe a dunkel might get me more of what I am looking for. I have had a couple of tasty commercial examples lately which have piqued my interest.

I assume Munich base malt?
What do I use for color? Chocolate or Carafa malt maybe?
Would 34/70 be an acceptable yeast for the style?
I just made one after looking at the gold medal NHC winners that Jim posted.  I used 99% Munich II and just enough carafa II for some color, which I capped onto the mash at sparge time.  About 28 BU's of Hallertau Mittelfruh, some at first wort hop and some at 10 minutes.  I got a fresh slurry of Bavarian Lager 2206 from Cigar City since I was brewing with one of their brewers at my house.
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Re: Munich Dunkel
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2015, 09:16:24 PM »
                                                I got a fresh slurry of Bavarian Lager 2206 from Cigar City since I was brewing with one of their brewers at my house.


That's very cool. Great brewery.

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Re: Munich Dunkel
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2015, 09:26:43 PM »
What maltster was the Munich II? What litner rating?
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Re: Munich Dunkel
« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2015, 09:33:41 PM »
What maltster was the Munich II? What litner rating?

I used pretty much the same recipe as Jeff.  I used Best Munich II which is about 10L.
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Re: Munich Dunkel
« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2015, 09:43:57 PM »
Thanks! Can I get away with 34/70 yeast?
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Re: Munich Dunkel
« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2015, 09:55:07 PM »
Yup to that, 99% best munich II, 1 % carafa III. Have one on right now tap now!

I use 34/70 quite a bit with them..

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Re: Munich Dunkel
« Reply #7 on: January 12, 2015, 10:03:22 PM »
Last question. What kind of water profile? Brown balanced, malty, etc?
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Re: Munich Dunkel
« Reply #8 on: January 12, 2015, 10:14:46 PM »
Last question. What kind of water profile? Brown balanced, malty, etc?

I say go with what you're after. I personally like a 'brown balanced' type profile - using all Munich is gonna give you a ton of malt character , even using the balanced profile.  And the 'malty' would further accentuate the malt character.
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« Reply #9 on: January 12, 2015, 10:16:57 PM »
Last question. What kind of water profile? Brown balanced, malty, etc?

I say go with what you're after. I personally like a 'brown balanced' type profile - using all Munich is gonna give you a ton of malt character , even using the balanced profile.  And the 'malty' would further accentuate the malt character.

Good point. Thanks
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Re: Munich Dunkel
« Reply #10 on: January 13, 2015, 03:41:49 AM »
I use Best Munich II with Carafa Special as others, but I use about a pound of Pils in a 3 gallon batch as enzyme insurance. I know many here have used all Munich II with no conversion issues, but I mash super thin so I like the insurance.
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Re: Munich Dunkel
« Reply #11 on: January 13, 2015, 02:14:38 PM »
Thanks for all of the help. It is a more simple style than I realized. I don't think my LHBS has Best Malz but maybe I can get some Weyermann.
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Re: Munich Dunkel
« Reply #12 on: January 13, 2015, 03:16:08 PM »
I use amber malty FYI.