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Three Princesses

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Batch Size (gallons)5.5
Recipe typeAll Grain
Style3A. Vienna Lager
Original Gravity1.064
Final Gravity1.014
ABV6.56% (basic)   /   6.57% (advanced)       [what's this?]
Color10.5 SRM
Boil Time90 min

YeastWhite Labs WLP820 (Octoberfest/Marzen Lager)

Pilsner (2 Row) German8 lbs61.5%2
Munich Malt, Light (Weyermann)4 lbs30.8%5.5
Caramunich Malt1 lb7.7%56

Hallertauer (First Wort).5 oz904.8%6.3
Saaz (First Wort).5 oz904%6.4
Tettnang (First Wort).5 oz904.5%7.1
Hallertauer (Boil).5 oz154.8%2.6
Saaz (Boil).5 oz154%2.7
Tettnang (Boil).5 oz154.5%3
Tettnang (Steep/whirlpool).5 oz204.5%1.8
Saaz (Steep/whirlpool).5 oz204%1.7
Hallertauer (Steep/whirlpool).5 oz204.8%1.6
Hallertauer (Dry Hop)1.5 oz44.8%0
Saaz (Dry Hop)1.5 oz44%0
Tettnang (Dry Hop)1.5 oz44.5%0

DirectionsDouble decoction mash. 

Protein rest @ 122 F for 10 minutes.
Sacc rest @ 147 F for 20 min
Sacc rest @ 156 F for 30 min
Mash out @ 168 F

Ferment @ 52 degrees F until 50% attenuated.  Then ramp temps up to 65 degrees F for d-rest and complete attenuation. 

Lager @ 33 degrees F until the beer drops clear, then bottle.

Aka - the Brulosophy fast lager method.

I'm hoping for a big malty backbone with tons of noble hop character.  This isn't really intended to be a Vienna lager; it may be more like a lighter colored, heavier hopped bock.  Truly, this is it's own concoction; time will tell if this is a good idea or not.

CreditsI wanted to do a beer to celebrate the birth of my youngest daughter.  I then got to thinking about the fact that I have three daughters, and the name "Three Princesses" jumped to mind.  From there, the idea of using three noble hops was a short step... and this idea started running around my head.

Recipe Reviews

Type: Drank this Beer

Opened with a nice hiss, poured with a white fluffy head, not overcarbed, nice fine bubbles. Not as clear as I would expect a lager, but not murky, just a bit of a haze.
Aroma was slight, about what I would expect with noble hops - can definitely tell that these are European noble hops.
First sip, seemed very dry, a little too dry. I actually detect a little harshness, but not specifically from the hops. Foam recedes a little bit I got a nice lacing on the glass as I drank. Lacing lasted all of the way through.
As the beer warmed, I got a little bit of caramel taste, but not cloying or overpowering, just a hint of cara. The maltiness also came through more as it warmed - I probably started this one off too cold, gets better as it warms. A little toastiness comes through as well, and a little bit of fruitiness - not from yeast, but from malt.

Overall, a very nice beer, but just a little harsh, especially as it was colder. I suspect maybe the water had a slightly higher level of sulfates maybe? Perhaps this harshness would go away with distilled/RO water. Nice beer, just some oddness with the hops I believe, perhaps too many noble hops (is that possible?!). I enjoyed it.

posted by Stonehands on 8/30/2015
Type: Brewed this Beer

Opened with a medium hiss. As I poured it looked as though it was not going to create much head and I shifted to pouring down the middle. Got about a quarter inch of off-white foam that receded to a thin cap as I finished a piece of leftover pizza before starting to taste. The beer is a clear amber, but not 'see through' clear.

Aroma - Tough to coax anything out of this in the pint glass. I get a faint hint of malt, but little hops on the nose.

Mouthfeel - Whoa. That was quite a first sip. I wasn't prepared for that. I had to confirm with a second and third sip. I quite literally had to check up after the first sip. Malt forward, spicy, with a fine clean finish that I seem to detect the presence of the noble hops as they linger ever so slightly. The beer has medium body and is very smooth. The clean finish leaves the palate ready for the next sip. I don't get any sense of the alcohol in the beer.

Overall - This should turn some heads when they drink it. Again, it's different, smooth, and very tasty. The more I drink, the more the finish seems to accentuate the noble hop presence. Of course, it didn't linger in the glass long. Very well done sir.

A beer to be proud of.

posted by vinpaysdoc on 8/13/2015

This all grain Vienna Lager homebrew recipe was submitted by homebrewdad.