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Time Machine

Posted 2014/02/09

Homebrew - Vienna Lager

This was a style I had been enjoying at the bar so I decided to get a kit and give it a go. I used a kit from Brewers Best and did a very simple extract brew with a 60 minute boil and Irish moss. The really exciting part was using my new stir plate to grow the starter. I am not sure how well it worked beyond my normal procedure but it looked cooler.

During primary I put the fermenter down by the front door which during winter was a pretty cold place in the house. This seemed to keep the temperature near the what lager yeast prefer. For lagering I finally bought a temperature controller for the brew fridge to keep things closer to ideal temperatures.

Starter:     06 Feb 2014
Brew:        09 Feb 2014, OG 1.053
Secondary:   23 Feb 2014 (14)
Bottle:      06 Apr 2014 (42), FG 1.010, ABV %5.76
Ready:       02 Jun 2014 (57)
Summary:     Primary 14 days, Secondary 42 days, Condition 57 days

I did sneak a few of these over the weeks but two months seems about right for a lager review. The head on the pour was excellent, with great volume and retention without being too huge. The beer looked great in the glass like a commercial beer. It smelt a bit green and the first taste was also a little homebrewy but neither were too bad. It was a little sweet if you thought about it but the malt and hop balance was good. On the whole I think this was a good (and easy) kit for a decent lager. This is a style I like to drink and would like to make my own recipe for.

Starter

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Brew

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Secondary

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Bottle

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Ready