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Wien Zerschlagen (Vienna SMASH)

Brewed: 10/30/2022   Kegged: 11/17/2022

WienZer.jpgIn October of 2022, I finally decided to brew a beer with the entire malt bill using Vienna Malt from Colorado's Root Shoot Malting.

The Brew Hut (one of my local homebrew shops) had been carrying this malt for a few years, and I really fell in love with it, using it in such classics as Decemberfest Lager and Colorado Vienna Lager.

It is unique in that it is around 6 Lovibond, which makes it almost twice as dark as most Vienna malts. Its flavor is rich and toasty with hints of graham cracker and grape nuts.

For some time, I had been thinking it would be fun to brew a beer using 100% of this malt in the grain bill. 

This is the recipe I came up with.

I thought a lot about the name of the beer, trying to pull together Colorado and Vienna / Austria. 

I spent time with Google's English to German translator. For awhile I thought I would call it "Berglöwe Wien" which means "Mountain Lion Vienna". 

But, I wasn't really wild about that name.

Eventually I decided to just go boring and descriptive ... "Vienna S.M.A.S.H." (Single MAlt Single Hop). I dressed it up with the German word for "Smash" and got "Wien Zerschlagen". 

I'm still not overly excited about that name, but I probably don't want to waste a great name on a beer I'll probably only brew once. Wien Zerschlagen (Vienna SMASH) is at least descriptive of the beer.

Anyway, we'll see how it turns out.

For more about this beer, see Sheppy's Blog: Wien Zerschlagen

Vienna --- Batch 1

Style Vienna Lager Batch Size 5.50 gal
Type All Grain Boil Size   6.60 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency   65.00   Boil Time   60 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity 1.051 SG Estimated FG 1.012 SG
Recipe Bitterness 24.6 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 5.2 %
BU : GU   0.484        
Recipe Color 8.2 SRM
Measured OG:   1.051    Measured FG:   1.013 
ADF:   74    Measured ABV:   5.0%


Amt Name Type # %/IBU Volume
7.98 gal Denver, Colorado Water 1 - -
8.00 g Calcium Chloride (Mash) Water Agent 2 - -
3.00 g Epsom Salt (MgSO4) (Mash) Water Agent 3 - -
1.00 tsp Lactic Acid (Mash) Water Agent 4 - -
12 lbs CO Vienna Malt (6.0 SRM) Grain 5 100.0 % 0.94 gal
0.500 oz Magnum [15.80 %] - Boil 40.0 min Hop 6 24.6 IBUs -
1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 10.0 mins) Fining 7 - -
1.00 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 10.0 mins) Other 8 - -
1.0 pkg Saflager Lager (DCL/Fermentis #W-34/70) [50.28 ml] Yeast 9 - -
0.50 tsp Gelatin (Bottling) Fining 10 - -

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Saccharification Add 31.92 qt of water at 158.8 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
Brewing salts in the mash water.
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   (1.046 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   (6.60 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp    
Day 1: 
Day ... 
Day ... 

Brewing Notes:
10/17/2022 esheppy
Berglöwe Wien ... Mountain lion Vienna
10/21/2022 esheppy
zerschlagen... Smash
10/30/2022 esheppy
Brew day today. OG right on. Pitched by 8AM.
10/31/2022 esheppy
Just barely getting started this morning. Bubbling pretty good by the time I got home from work. Tilt said 1.053 at 53. I raised the temp match that 53.
11/03/2022 esheppy
Forgot to switch out ice this morning and by the time I actually remembered the tilt said 1.020 at 66. So, I unplugged the pump.
11/16/2022 esheppy
Tilt say 1.018 at 69 degrees. Has not really gone down for about 10 days. Need to get this kegged up. Took a little sample yesterday. Tastes good, but maybe a bit sweet. Sample wasn't clear at all.
11/17/2022 esheppy
Kegged today. Tilt was still the same, but I measured the OG at 1.013, which makes this exactly a 5% abv beer. Perfect. The beer is a lot more red / orange than I thought it would be. I think it actually looks perfect for an amber lager. Flavor exactly what you would expect with a 100% Vienna malt beer. Currently sitting around waiting for a beer to clear out of the beer fridge, but I'm ok waiting on this one.
11/25/2022 esheppy
Keg of Falling Leaves blew so I moved this keg into Beer fridge.
11/27/2022 esheppy
Tried the beer last night. Tastes great. Added gelatin this morning. Gonna love drinking this beer.
12/16/2022 esheppy
Looking and tasting great.
01/05/2023 esheppy
Really a nice red lager. Crystal clear. Wonderful flavor. Great long lasting head. Awesome beer. When my in-laws were here they really liked it too.
02/11/2023 esheppy
Incredibly clear now. Still tasting great. I think this will be the next keg to kick.
02/17/2023 esheppy
02/24/2023 esheppy
Killed the keg. Surprised it lasted as long as it did. Was crystal clear at the end and very tasty.
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