Oktoberfest/Marzen – All Grain GONE



A bit of a rework of the Humptoberfest. Added more Melanoidin malt for a chewier maltiness.

Could not get this one to finish, despite the starter I made. My suspicion is that:

  • The starter was not large enough: need to "feed" the starter more than once during propagation.
  • The yeast count in the package was very low, so the starter I made didn't generate enough healthy, viable yeast.

The resulting beer is clean, but is on the sweet side. I'm considering making a 5 gallon batch with a very clean and very attenuative lager yeast to blend with the 10 gallon batch I have of this.

Tried to innoculate again after the FG stalled, but nothing happened.

Next time, I'll make a HUGE starter.

Malts and Grains

Amount Malt/Grain %
7.50 pounds Belgian Plisen Malt 32.6%
6.00 pounds German Dark Munich Malt 26.1%
6.00 pounds American Vienna Malt 26.1%
3.00 pounds German Melanoidin Malt 13%
0.50 pounds Crystal Malt 60L 2.2%
23.00 pounds Total Grain Weight 100%


Amount Non-Fermentable Time
4 Fermcap 60 minutes
1.5 Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) 60 minutes


Amount Hop Time AA
0.75 ounces Magnum 60 min 13.1%
2.00 ounces Tettnanger 30 min 2.7%
2.75 ounces Total Hop Weight


Name Lab/Manufacturer Product ID Amount
Octoberfest Lager Wyeast 2633 2000 ml

Equipment Profile Converted Keg, 10 Gallon/38 Liter Cooler Mash Tun


Converted 15.5 gallon/59 liter keg boil kettle for full boil with a 10 gallon/38 liter cooler as a mash/lauter tun.

Mash Profile Single Decoction


Draw a part of the mash, let it rest for at least 10 minutes, and boil.

Mash Steps

# Name Time Temp. Description
1 Protein Rest 35 min. 122°F

Add water at 126 F

2 Saccharification 45 min. 155°F

Decoct 44% of mash, rest for at least 10 minutes, and boil

3 Mash Out 10 min. 168°F

Heat to 168° F / 75° C for at least 10 minutes

Water Profile Highlands Ranch, Colorado

Fermentation and Aging

12 days @ 50° F
2 days @ 60° F
14 days @ 32° F
28 days @ 52° F


Date Brewed:  

Brew Day Data

  Target Actual Notes
Strike Water Amount: 7.6    
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Sparge Water Amount: 8.2    
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Pre-Boil Gravity:      
Pre-Boil Amount: 11    
Post-Boil Amount: 10    
Boil Time: 90    
OG: 1.060 / 14.7° P    
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