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Stonehands Dunkel

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Batch Size (gallons)5.5
Recipe typeAll Grain
Style4B. Munich Dunkel
Original Gravity1.055
Final Gravity1.011
ABV5.78% (basic)   /   5.77% (advanced)       [what's this?]
Color15.1 SRM
Boil Time90 min

YeastWhite Labs WLP833 (German Bock Lager)

Munich Malt7 lbs 9 oz68.4%9
Pilsner (2 Row) German2 lbs 13 oz25.4%2
Caramunich Malt 7 oz4%56
Carafa I 4 oz2.3%337

Hallertauer (Boil).92 oz604.8%13.8
Hallertauer (Boil).92 oz304.8%10.6

DirectionsMash @ 148 degrees F for 60 minutes.

Ferment @ 48 degrees F until final attenuation is nearly reached, then perform a diacetyl rest for several days. 

Lager @ 32 degrees F for as long as you can stand (at least six weeks).

This beer has a nice malt presence up front.  Hops are barely detectible.  Very balanced, almost no discernible bitterness.  A hint of toasty bread backed by a rich maltiness.  Very clean and satisfying.

Recipe Reviews

Type: Drank this Beer

When I first tried this beer, it knocked my socks off. I sent this email to the brewer back when I had it.

Appearance - pours a very clear amber body with some definite reddish hues. About a finger's worth of off white foam consisting of tiny bubbles. Head falls pretty quickly, but a small cap remains throughout the glass; leaves behind a few clumps of lacing.

Smell - light grassy hop scents, some bready notes. I pick up a bit of a yeasty scent, as well.

Taste - nice malt presence up front. Hops are barely detectable. Very balanced, almost no bitterness whatsoever. I get a hint of toasty bread, with a malty richness I can't quite put my finger on. Very clean, satisfying flavor... enough going on to be interesting, but without any single overbearing trait.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation is moderate. Body is somewhat thin, with a bit of a slick feel to it. Extremely drinkable and refreshing.

Overall - this was my very first Dunkel, and I honestly wasn't sure of what to expect. From what I can tell, it's an excellent representation of the style, but more to the point... this is an outstanding beer. I am honestly jealous of the brewer's skill; I would be extremely proud to put my name to a beer of this quality. This is perhaps the easiest drinking beer that I have ever sampled; Ican't get over how clean and well balanced it truly is.

I'm the kind of guy who seldom drinks more than a single beer at a time, but this beer made me seriously wish for more at the same sitting. I would love to have this experience again.

posted by homebrewdad on 8/28/2014

This all grain Munich Dunkel homebrew recipe was submitted by Stonehands.