and are you only going to serve it two days a year like the real thing?
If it's good enough, it might not last longer than 2 days! SWMBO loves her hoppy amber ales, so there's no telling.
@Denny - I read that description before and it seems to me that there isn't much of a set definition of this style (not entirely unlike Düsseldorf Altbier) - but it looks like Uerige is doing a somewhat smaller beer for their Sticke than I had planned, but their DoppelSticke is bigger than I had planned.
The real question for me at this point is: If I am going to brew a Sticke at around 1.065 (expecting roughly 80% apparent attenuation, that makes a 7% ABV beer), what kind of IBU's should I shoot for, and what hop schedule? This is what I have so far:
6 Gal (80-84% assumed efficiency)
Zum Schüyler Sticke
12 lbs Gambrinus Pils
8 oz CaraMunich II
4 oz Melanoidin
1 oz Magnum (17% AA) 60 min
1 oz Glacier (5.6% AA) 20 min (might switch this out for Mt. Hood)
2 oz Crystal (5.6% AA) 5 min
Maybe .5 oz Crystal Dry-hop
WLP001 (because I get fresh slurry for free from a local brewpub)
Mash at 150 for 60 min w/mashout
What I am thinking is that maybe I should move the 20 min addition up to 30 min and reduce the amount to 15-20 grams (1/2-3/4 oz). Should I be shooting for 65-70 IBU or should I be shooting for 60-65? And is it crazy to drop 2 oz of Crystal at 5 min? Not that I would mind if this tastes like Rogue's Brutal Bitter, but is that where this recipe is headed?
Also, before anyone tells me I should be using more continental ingredients, I am intentionally trying to get the flavor I am looking for in this beer with as few foreign ingredients as possible (in this case only the specialty malts). I realize that it isn't really authentic if I'm not using German Pils and Spalt, for example, but I am less concerned with authenticity than most people, probably, and one of the key reasons for deciding to brew this beer was to use up the Gambrinus Pils sack I bought to brew a 10 gallon clone of Double Mountain IRA (one of my favorite OR beers that I can't get here in CA).