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Colorado Vienna Lager

Brewed: 05/01/2022   Kegged: 05/19/2022

CoVienna.jpgLate 2021 / Early 2022, I noticed that one of my favorite local homebrew shops was adding more and more malts from local Root Shoot Malting

Some of their are really unique, and I really liked the character / color that the malts add to my homebrews.

I started using them more and more ... especially their Vienna Malt and their Dark Munich Malt.

My Colorado Strong IPA used all Root Shoot malts, and shortly after brewing that beer, I decided to try a Vienna lager featuring their Vienna Malt and their Dark Munich Malt.

The resulting beer is slightly lighter in color than what I generally think of a Vienna lager, but is what I think of as more traditional with the bulk of Vienna malt.

It is less sweet, and more notes of bread or cracker in the malt beer. It has enough bittering hops to balance out the malt. I also threw in some flavoring hops for just a little extra flavor on the finish.

A great beer to enjoy in the late winter / early spring in Colorado.

Batch 1 was brewed on Super Bowl Sunday.

That batch had an issue and disappeared before I was able to enjoy much of it. (see Sheppy's Blog: Disappearing Beer), so I had to follow up fairly quickly with a second batch.

To read more about this beer, see Sheppy's Blog: Co Vienna.

Colorado Vienna --- Batch 2 (310)

Style Vienna Lager Batch Size 5.50 gal
Type All Grain Boil Size   6.60 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency   68.00   Boil Time   60 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity 1.052 SG Estimated FG 1.012 SG
Recipe Bitterness 29.1 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 5.3 %
BU : GU   0.556        
Recipe Color 10.8 SRM
Measured OG:   1.051    Measured FG:   1.014 
ADF:   71.7    Measured ABV:   4.9 


Amt Name Type # %/IBU Volume
7.98 gal Denver, Colorado Water 1 - -
5.00 g Calcium Chloride (Mash) Water Agent 2 - -
3.00 g Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) (Mash) Water Agent 3 - -
0.50 tsp Lactic Acid (Mash) Water Agent 4 - -
9 lbs 8.0 oz CO Vienna Malt (6.0 SRM) Grain 5 80.0 % 0.74 gal
2 lbs CO Munich Malt - 20L (20.0 SRM) Grain 6 16.8 % 0.16 gal
6.0 oz CO Cara Ruby (28.0 SRM) Grain 7 3.2 % 0.03 gal
0.500 oz Magnum [14.40 %] - Boil 35.0 min Hop 8 18.5 IBUs -
1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins) Fining 9 - -
0.500 oz Magnum [14.40 %] - Boil 15.0 min Hop 10 7.9 IBUs -
1.00 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 15.0 mins) Other 11 - -
1.000 oz Tettnang [3.90 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 12 2.7 IBUs -
1.0 pkg Saflager Lager (DCL/Fermentis #W-34/70) [50.28 ml] Yeast 13 - -
0.50 tsp Gelatin (Secondary 5.0 hours) Fining 14 - -

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Saccharification Add 31.88 qt of water at 158.7 F 152.0 F 45 min
Heat Heat to 158.0 F over 10 min 158.0 F 15 min
Mash Out Heat to 170.0 F over 7 min 170.0 F 10 min

If steeping, remove grains, and prepare to boil wort

Recipe Notes
Make 1.4 liter (6 cups) yeast starter a day before brew day.
Brewing salts in the mash water. This should bring Denver water profile (as defined by BeerSmith) to "Balanced Amber"
Acid addition to bring calculated pH around 5.4
Brew as directed from recipe.
Cool wort to as close to 50 degrees as possible.
Ferment in 50's for about 5 days, let rise to high 60's for another week.
Keg carbonate.
After the keg is chilled, add geletin to keg.

Brewing Record

Brew Date:   Strike Temp:  
Mash Temps:  
Pre-boil OG   (1.048 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   (6.60 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp    
Day 1: 
Day ... 
Day ... 

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Brewing Notes:
04/26/2022 esheppy
Time to think about brewing Batch 2.
04/29/2022 esheppy
Bought ingredients at the Brew Hut. Brew day will (probably) be this weekend.
05/01/2022 esheppy
Brew day went well. Up at 5:30 ish pitched yeast at 53 a little after 10 Pre-boil gravity a bit low, so boiled an extra 15 minutes. OG right at 1.051.
05/03/2022 esheppy
Bubbling started sometime last night. Tilt at 1.049 and 50 degrees. Set control to 51, and will probably raise another degree before end of day.
05/05/2022 esheppy
Tilt says 1.036 at 55 degrees. The controller is also at 55. Still bubbling away.
05/07/2022 esheppy
Tilt says 1.021 at 60f. Bubbling seems to be done. Took sample. Great flavor but lots of trub. Will probably turn off temp control tomorrow. Might keg next weekend.
05/08/2022 esheppy
Tilt still says 1.021 at 60. Ulugged the pump this morning, so no more temperature control.
05/09/2022 esheppy
According to the tilt, SG has not gone down at all. I hope 1.021 isn't my fg because that would be horrible attenuation. Took a sample, and it doesn't taste overly sweet so maybe the tilt is just off. I guess we'll see how it goes. I probably won't be kegging until at least this weekend.
05/19/2022 esheppy
Finally kegged today. Tilt still said 1.021, but hydrometer said 1.014. 4.9% ABV. Lighter in color than I remember batch 1 being. Also not as sweet. Great balance. At the moment, I don't have a place to put the keg. Might have to drink up McShepardSon's over the weekend.
05/20/2022 esheppy
Added half a pack of gelatin in a cup of heated water to the keg. Took a pint sample just because. Wonderful flavor.
05/24/2022 esheppy
The clarity of this beer is brilliant. Batch 1 never got this clear. Beautiful beer. Carbonation still has a long way to go. Flavor great.
05/25/2022 esheppy
Carbonation pretty good now too.
06/19/2022 esheppy
Took camping in gallon growler over the weekend. Finished it off the first night. Don't think there is much left.
07/04/2022 esheppy
Killed the keg tonight. Was a great beer while it lasted. I think I'll brew it again.
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