The following beer recipe is featured in the July/August 2010 issue of Zymurgy magazine. Access this issue along with the archives with Zymurgy Online!
Frederick "Fritz" W. Rahr, Jr., founder and president of Rahr & Sons Brewing Company, shared this Ugly Pug schwarzbier clone recipe in the 2010 July/August Zymurgy.
Schwarzbier, or "black beer," is a dark lager from Germany. However, unlike most dark beers that are usually described as "heavy," this schwarzbier is light bodied and refreshing that can be enjoyed on the hottest summer days. While sipping it down, you'll find flavor notes of coffee and chocolate, but nothing too overpowering to take away from the beer's drinkability.
This beer may have been named after Fritz saw his mother-in-law's pug, Oscar, and shouted, "What an ugly pug!" while they were drinking a test batch, but don't let that deter you from trying it. This beer pairs beautifully with everything from roast beef, BBQ, and fried chicken to the richest, most delicious chocolate desserts.
- 7.0 lb (3.18 kg) pale two-row pils malt
- 1.67 lb (757 g) light Munich malt
- 4.3 oz (122 g) chocolate malt
- 3.2 oz (91 g) melanoidin malt
- 3.2 oz (91 g) wheat malt
- 2.1 oz (60 g) Carafa Special malt
- 0.67 oz (19 g) Perle pellet hops, 8% a.a. (60 minutes)
- White Labs WLP810 San Francisco lager yeast
Yield: 5 Gallons (19 L)
Original Gravity: 1051
To brew this schwarzbier, use an infusion mash at 152°F (67°C) for 90 minutes.
Substitute 5.3 lb (2.4 kg) light malt extract syrup for the pale malt. Crush and steep specialty grains at 160°F (71°C) brewing water, dissolve extract, and proceed with boil.
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