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The wonderful rainbow of German Lagers
« on: March 02, 2015, 02:25:04 AM »
Took gravity samples of three German lagers today before I cold crashed for lagering.

I gotta say, I'm pretty impressed with the clarity of these guys. Especially before lagering. Had to share.



Pilsner on the left, Maibock in the middle, Oktoberfest on the right. We are gonna have some tasty beers on tap in the next few weeks!  :D
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Re: The wonderful rainbow of German Lagers
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2015, 02:28:31 AM »
Those are beautiful!!

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Re: The wonderful rainbow of German Lagers
« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2015, 02:40:24 AM »
Gorgeous. That Pilsner reminds me that a world exists that is not below feezing and covered with snow in which I would love a cold, crisp lager. Thanks for sharing!
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Re: The wonderful rainbow of German Lagers
« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2015, 02:47:47 AM »
Those look great!
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Re: The wonderful rainbow of German Lagers
« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2015, 03:01:19 AM »
Gorgeous. That Pilsner reminds me that a world exists that is not below feezing and covered with snow in which I would love a cold, crisp lager. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks guys. And Pete, I can drink a Pilsner during any weather. :) I love them and I'm surprised it took me this long to make one.

I tried a slower version of the "fast lager method" on these. The Pils may need a touch of lagering, but I'm tempted to just set the other two up on tap already and "lager" them in the serving keg. :)
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Re: The wonderful rainbow of German Lagers
« Reply #5 on: March 02, 2015, 03:05:55 AM »
Gorgeous. That Pilsner reminds me that a world exists that is not below feezing and covered with snow in which I would love a cold, crisp lager. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks guys. And Pete, I can drink a Pilsner during any weather. :) I love them and I'm surprised it took me this long to make one.

I tried a slower version of the "fast lager method" on these. The Pils may need a touch of lagering, but I'm tempted to just set the other two up on tap already and "lager" them in the serving keg. :)
Ha, i can drink a Pilsner in any weather too but if you were here you would be fantasizing about that one on the left with beads of condensation on the glass as your sitting on a dock in July with your feet hanging in the water...
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Re: The wonderful rainbow of German Lagers
« Reply #6 on: March 02, 2015, 04:10:57 AM »
Awesome!  Beautiful looking beers.

I always chuckle at the "Big Circle" we homebrewers make.  We start out with the BMC swill, discover craft beer - usually pale ales, Irish Reds, or Wheats, then we discover hops & IPA, then somewhere in there are the Scottish ales, porters and stouts.  Then, we discover the Belgians!  Next is sours. Somewhere in here we're drinking anything and everything with a gravity over 1.070.  Doppelbock catches our attention.  Then, we start getting burnt out on the intensity of all the sour stuff and all the big beers.  So, it starts turning to the lagers - Schwarzbier, Marzen, and Vienna.  Eventually, we work our way back to Helles, Dortmunder, and Pils, which is kinda where we started, though nobody ever goes all the way back to the swill.

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Re: The wonderful rainbow of German Lagers
« Reply #7 on: March 02, 2015, 10:54:11 AM »
Awesome!  Beautiful looking beers.

I always chuckle at the "Big Circle" we homebrewers make.  We start out with the BMC swill, discover craft beer - usually pale ales, Irish Reds, or Wheats, then we discover hops & IPA, then somewhere in there are the Scottish ales, porters and stouts.  Then, we discover the Belgians!  Next is sours. Somewhere in here we're drinking anything and everything with a gravity over 1.070.  Doppelbock catches our attention.  Then, we start getting burnt out on the intensity of all the sour stuff and all the big beers.  So, it starts turning to the lagers - Schwarzbier, Marzen, and Vienna.  Eventually, we work our way back to Helles, Dortmunder, and Pils, which is kinda where we started, though nobody ever goes all the way back to the swill.
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Re: The wonderful rainbow of German Lagers
« Reply #8 on: March 02, 2015, 12:22:49 PM »
Awesome!  Beautiful looking beers.

I always chuckle at the "Big Circle" we homebrewers make.  We start out with the BMC swill, discover craft beer - usually pale ales, Irish Reds, or Wheats, then we discover hops & IPA, then somewhere in there are the Scottish ales, porters and stouts.  Then, we discover the Belgians!  Next is sours. Somewhere in here we're drinking anything and everything with a gravity over 1.070.  Doppelbock catches our attention.  Then, we start getting burnt out on the intensity of all the sour stuff and all the big beers.  So, it starts turning to the lagers - Schwarzbier, Marzen, and Vienna.  Eventually, we work our way back to Helles, Dortmunder, and Pils, which is kinda where we started, though nobody ever goes all the way back to the swill.
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Re: The wonderful rainbow of German Lagers
« Reply #9 on: March 02, 2015, 01:07:12 PM »


Wow, those are pretty! 

Next year you need a schwartzy to finish it off.  ;)

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Re: The wonderful rainbow of German Lagers
« Reply #10 on: March 02, 2015, 01:10:08 PM »
Gorgeous beers, especially before lagering.  Obviously your process is pretty spot on.
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Re: The wonderful rainbow of German Lagers
« Reply #11 on: March 02, 2015, 01:25:10 PM »
Awesome!  Beautiful looking beers.

I always chuckle at the "Big Circle" we homebrewers make.  We start out with the BMC swill, discover craft beer - usually pale ales, Irish Reds, or Wheats, then we discover hops & IPA, then somewhere in there are the Scottish ales, porters and stouts.  Then, we discover the Belgians!  Next is sours. Somewhere in here we're drinking anything and everything with a gravity over 1.070.  Doppelbock catches our attention.  Then, we start getting burnt out on the intensity of all the sour stuff and all the big beers.  So, it starts turning to the lagers - Schwarzbier, Marzen, and Vienna.  Eventually, we work our way back to Helles, Dortmunder, and Pils, which is kinda where we started, though nobody ever goes all the way back to the swill.

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I am now making some bitter and mild, those are tasting pretty good these days.
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Re: The wonderful rainbow of German Lagers
« Reply #12 on: March 02, 2015, 01:42:10 PM »
1 - I'd like to do a schwartzbier here soon, but I really need to brew a Munich Dunkel ASAP. The club members and friends are getting pretty rowdy about it not being on tap! Hopefully I can get them all on tap at the same time for another family picture.

2 - I'm really into sessionable beers too. Pils, Helles, Dunkel... oh wait. It's just German lagers. I love 'em!
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Re: The wonderful rainbow of German Lagers
« Reply #13 on: March 02, 2015, 01:42:51 PM »
ah crap, I keep forgetting to send the schwarz recipe.  I sorry.

...looking good.  Those all your efforts, or is there a Myles beer in there?

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Re: The wonderful rainbow of German Lagers
« Reply #14 on: March 02, 2015, 01:45:17 PM »
I have pretty close to the same thing going on....

Helles, Pilsner, Ofest and Dunkel