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Izzy’s Freudian Schwarz

Proving that good things can be born of brewing “mistakes,” Israel “Izzy” Arrieta aimed to brew a “cherry chocolate” beer using his pack of cherrywood malt. Thinking that the clean lager nature of schwarzbier would best enhance the wood scent, he went to work concocting the beer. Of course, he ran out of his preferred Carafa Special II and had to get creative to get the “schwarz” into the beer. The final result got him third place in the Doug King Memorial Specialty and Lager Competition.

This recipe was taken from an article about home-smoked malts in the March/April 2010 issue of Zymurgy. 

Izzy’s Freudian Schwarz | Schwarzbier


  • For 5.5 gallons (20.8 L)
    • 9 lb. (4.08 kg) German light Munich malt
    • 1.5 lb. (680 g) Pilsner malt
    • 0.5 lb. (226 g) chocolate wheat malt
    • 0.25 lb. (113 g) cherrywood-smoked malt
    • 2 oz. (56 g) Spalt Spalter pellets, 4.8% a.a. (60 min.)
    • Wyeast 2206 Bavarian Lager


    • Original Gravity: 1.059
    • IBU: 35
    • SRM: 23
    • Boil Time: 60 minutes


    Boil for 60 minutes.