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Brother Bear Dopplebock (AG)

Brewed: 01/24/2016   Kegged: 02/06/2016

You may remember that in 2013 the SheppyBrew Brewery made a big effort to make sure we had brewed at least one beer in all 23 categories of the 2008 Style Guidelines.

We accomplished that goal.

Then, the 2015 Style Guidelines came out and there were new styles to brew.

Early in 2016, we decided to check off a couple of categories. I started with Ulterior Motive Amber Lager, with the intention of using that low-alcohol lager as a yeast starter for the Category 9, Strong European Beer that I would brew next.

Brother Bear Dopplebock is that Strong European Lager.

It is a pretty simple recipe. Munich, German Pils, and Caramunich in the grain bill. Just enough bittering hops to balance out the big sweetness of the malt, and  the German Bock Lager from white labs.

I re-purposed the name from the first lager I ever made "Brother Bear Dopplebock". It was made from Mr. Beer ingredients. 

This "Brother Bear" is my first (and thus far my only) all-grain dopplebock. 


For more information on brewing all the BJCP Categories, see  Sheppy's Blog: BJCP goal.

For more information on this beer, see Sheppy's Blog: Brother Bear.

Brother Bear Dopplebock --- Batch 1

Style Doppelbock Batch Size 5.50 gal
Type All Grain Boil Size   7.76 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency   75.00   Boil Time   90 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity 1.082 SG Estimated FG 1.021 SG
Recipe Bitterness 22.9 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 8.2 %
BU : GU   0.277        
Recipe Color 16.5 SRM
Measured OG:   1.082    Measured FG:   1.018 
ADF:   78   Measured ABV:   8.5 


Amt Name Type # %/IBU
6.00 g Chalk (Mash 60.0 mins) Water Agent 1 -
2.00 g Baking Soda (Mash 60.0 mins) Water Agent 2 -
11 lbs 8.0 oz Munich Malt - 10L (10.0 SRM) Grain 3 67.6 %
3 lbs 12.0 oz Pilsner (2 Row) Ger (2.0 SRM) Grain 4 22.1 %
1 lbs 12.0 oz Caramunich Malt (50.0 SRM) Grain 5 10.3 %
0.500 oz Magnum [12.70 %] - Boil 60.0 min Hop 6 22.9 IBUs
1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins) Fining 7 -
1.00 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 15.0 mins) Other 8 -
1.0 pkg German Bock Lager (White Labs #WLP833) [35.49 ml] Yeast 9 -

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Mash In Add 21.25 qt of water at 163.7 F 152.0 F 60 min

Batch sparge with 2 steps (0.61gal, 3.88gal) of 168.0 F water

Recipe Notes
Make appropriate yeast starterMake a small starter of the yeast the day before brew day to make sure it is active going into fermentation. I harvested my yeast from a batch of Ulterior Motive Amber Lager (
Water additions used to bring water to Beer Smith's Munich Profile.
From Denver water, this puts my water (ppm) at:
Mash and boil as specified in recipe.
Cool wort to as close to 50 as possible.
Ferment between 50 and 55 for one week, then let the fermentation temperature rise into the 60s.
Carbonate in the keg to about 2.5 volumns. Age cold in keg to taste.

Brewing Record

Brew Date:   Strike Temp:  
Mash Temps:  
Pre-boil OG   (1.067 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   (7.76 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp    
Day 1: 
Day ... 
Day ... 

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Brewing Notes:
01/21/2016 esheppy
Bought ingredients. Brew day this weekend!
01/25/2016 esheppy
Brew day yesterday went well. Yeast was doing its thing when I got up today. 50 degrees.
01/26/2016 esheppy
Fermentation continues to chug along. 52ish.
01/27/2016 esheppy
Kraussen really creeping up. Added blow-off tube. Temp is high at 58.
02/06/2016 esheppy
Sample 1.018. Tasted great.
02/06/2016 esheppy
Kegged. Will let it condition warm for about 3 weeks. Then I'll chill it for awhile. It will likely be April before I actually start drinking.
03/01/2016 esheppy
Put in the beer fridge.
03/05/2016 esheppy
Giving a little shot of 30 psi co2
03/06/2016 esheppy
Took a little sample. Wow that's good. A little sweet. Nice and bready. Full bodied. No taste of alcohol. It is still cloudy and there is a bit of yeast harshness. Time should take care of that. Yum
03/12/2016 esheppy
Put CO2 on the keg. About 12psi.
03/14/2016 esheppy
Had a couple pints yesterday. Clearing up but still needs to sit some more. Carbonation pretty good and a really nice creamy head. Probably won't hit its prime for at least a couple more weeks.
04/01/2016 esheppy
Flattened a bit. Gave keg another shot of CO2. Very nice flavor.
04/07/2016 esheppy
Had a couple on #NationalBeerDay. Really clear now. Tastes fabulous.
05/20/2016 esheppy
A little chocolate today. I can feel the alcohol working on my mind. Happy Friday.
05/29/2016 Esheppy
Really tasting and looking awesome today. Rich bready malt. Beautiful redish-brown color. I've had 3 pints. Delicious, but affects my brain. Might be a nap in my near future.
05/29/2016 Esheppy
Pairs awesomely with brats.
07/21/2016 esheppy
08/21/2016 esheppy
This beer is running out. Great clarity. Great bready malt flavor. Delicious. It does not really taste like 8.5% abv, but it does feel like it. 🍺
09/23/2016 esheppy
Blending with Kucumber Kölsch is actually pretty good.
10/17/2016 esheppy
Not very much left. Was sucking up grub last night. Will probably dump the tiny little bit left and keg X-Mas Ale.
10/22/2016 esheppy
Killed the keg.
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