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homebrewdad
Charter Member
Birmingham, AL
2480 Posts


I love this yeast, I love the maltiness I get from it.  And once again, I got what I feel like is great attenuation.

The strain is listed as capping at 73%, but it took my amber lager from 1.070 to 1.016 - that's 77%, unless I miss my math.

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Posted 34 days ago.

KidMoxie
Charter Member
San Elijo Hills, CA
405 Posts


With very few exceptions Festbiers are maybe one of my least favorite styles, so anything with 'Fest' or 'M§rzen' in the title gets an instant pass from me.
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Posted 34 days ago.

homebrewdad
Charter Member
Birmingham, AL
2480 Posts


You... you don't like Festbiers?

You, sir, are dead to me.
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Posted 34 days ago.

testingapril
Charter Member
Atlanta, GA
595 Posts


Doing some googling on the strain it seems to have a reputation for being a slow and/or finicky fermenter.


Maybe with the fast Lager technique it's not as much of an issue?


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Posted 34 days ago.

KidMoxie
Charter Member
San Elijo Hills, CA
405 Posts


I think it's 'cause most Festbiers/M§rzens¬†are cloying messes. I can count on one hand the number of Fests/M§rzen I've really enjoyed (Firestone Walker's, Sierra Nevada's yet unreleased collaboration Fest, and a couple of German ones that I forget).
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Posted 34 days ago.

Necropaw
Charter Member
Central WI
608 Posts


Werent we all raving over hofbrau's last fall?

Wish i could get that beer in brown bottles.  The first sixer was good, but beyond that they were all skunked to shit.
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Posted 34 days ago.

homebrewdad
Charter Member
Birmingham, AL
2480 Posts


I've seen that reputation, too.  I've never had these issues.  I've used this strain several times now, and it always does well for me - and this is my first fast lager.

A good Festbier should never be cloying.
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Posted 34 days ago.

homebrewdad
Charter Member
Birmingham, AL
2480 Posts


Hofbrau's Oktoberfest is Heaven in a bottle.
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Posted 34 days ago.

testingapril
Charter Member
Atlanta, GA
595 Posts


Yeah, most Marzens are cloying sweet messes.


That pretty much confirms that Olan will love them.


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Posted 34 days ago.

homebrewdad
Charter Member
Birmingham, AL
2480 Posts


Maybe my cloying detector is miscalibrated.
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Posted 34 days ago.

rayfound
Charter Member
Riverside, CA
313 Posts


Hangar 24 Derek... Theirs is the best I've had!


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Posted 34 days ago.

KidMoxie
Charter Member
San Elijo Hills, CA
405 Posts


I went to a bar once and all of the Hanger 24 they had were diacetyl bombs. My gut tells me the bar had dirty lines, but it did a pretty good job of turning me off of Hanger 24 in general.
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Posted 34 days ago.

nickosuave311
Charter Member
Saint Paul, MN
18 Posts


A cloying festbier/Marzen/Oktoberfest is a terrible representation of the style. They should be malty and complex, but balanced and leaning towards dry rather than sweet. What's worse is when a brewery overcarbonates it to cover up the sweetness (looking at you, Summit).
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Posted 34 days ago.

homebrewdad
Charter Member
Birmingham, AL
2480 Posts


I agree.  Malty and complex.  I don't mind some sweetness up front, but the finish should not be.
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Posted 34 days ago.

testingapril
Charter Member
Atlanta, GA
595 Posts


Don't lie. You don't mind sweetness all over the place.


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Posted 34 days ago.

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