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HopToberfest (sort of) Vienna Lager

Brewed: 10/09/2011   Bottled: 10/22/2011 hoptober.jpg

New Belgium brewery has a beer called "Hoptober Golden Ale". At some point, that triggered me to think of the name "Hoptoberfest". I've been thinking for quite some time that I like the name "Hoptoberfest" (rhymes with Oktoberfest) for a home-brewed beer. I always imagined an Oktoberfest style lager, only with more hop flavor and aroma. After kegging a batch of Rocktoberfest and harvesting the yeast, I decided to brew "Hoptoberfest" next.

First, I had to come up with a recipe. For the recipe, I took Jamil's "North of the Border Vienna" (with the all-grain substitutions) and then added in more late hops. There were a couple other minor modifications, but nothing major.

The bitterness of the beer is not too over-the-top, but it should have lots of Hallertauer and Crystal flavor and aroma. I expect it to have a lot of the rich, deep Munich maltiness of my Rocktoberfest Lager with lots of flowery spicy hop flavors and aroma like my 15 Anniversary Ale. I am mashing pretty low with the goal of getting a highly attenuated beer. I think with some dryness, the hops should really "pop".

Looking forward to seeing how it turns out.


You can see what I've written about Hoptoberfest on my blog: follow this link.


Vienna Lager
Batch Size
5.50 gal
All Grain
Boil Size   7.00 gal
Mash Efficiency   70.00   Boil Time   90 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity
1.050 SG
Estimated FG
1.010 SG
Recipe Bitterness
32.0 IBUs (Rager)
Alcohol by Volume
5.2 %
BU : GU   0.645        
Recipe Color
11.5 SRM
Measured OG:    1.048   Measured FG:    1.011
ADF:    77%   Measured ABV:    4.8%


Amt Name Type # %/IBU
3 lbs Pilsner (2 Row) Ger (2.0 SRM) Grain 3 28.1 %
3 lbs Munich Malt (9.0 SRM) Grain 2 28.1 %
4 lbs 8.0 oz Vienna Malt (3.5 SRM) Grain 1 42.1 %
3.0 oz Carafa II (412.0 SRM) Grain 4 1.8 %
0.50 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [14.00 %] - Boil 60.0 min Hop 5 26.5 IBUs
1.00 oz Hallertauer [4.30 %] - Boil 10.0 min Hop 7 3.3 IBUs
1.00 oz Crystal [3.50 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 8 2.2 IBUs
1.0 pkg Saflager Lager (DCL/Fermentis #W-34/70) [50.28 ml] Yeast 9 -
0.50 tsp Irish Moss (Boil 10.0 mins) Fining 6 -
1.00 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Primary 3.0 days) Other 10 -

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Saccharification Add 31.13 qt of water at 155.8 F 150.0 F 60 min

Remove grains, and prepare to boil wort Recipe Notes
Yeast harvested from Rocktoberfest. Make 2 liter starter a couple days before brew day.

Boil and add hops as instructed above. Add irish moss and yeast nutrient as directed. Cool as close to 55 as possible and pitch rehydrated yeast. Aerate with blender. Ferment between 50 and 55 for 2 days and then let fermentation temperature rise as far as it wants for a total of 2 weeks or so.

Brewing Record

Brew Date:
Strike Temp:   158
Mash Temps:
 150 all the way through
Pre-boil OG   1.042 (1.046 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   7 gal (7.00 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency
Pitch Temp    65
Day 1: right around 55 on one and 50 on the other.
Day 3 pretty low 50's on both
Day 4 pretty much stopped paying attention. going at ale temps now.

Brewing Notes:
10/09/2011 Brew Day esheppy
Brewed up this recipe. Did the starter early in the morning. Things went pretty well, although mash efficiency was not as high as usual.
10/13/2011 esheppy
After the first few days, I let the temps rise above lager temps in both fermenters. We'll see how this ends up tasting.
10/19/2011 esheppy
FG at about 1.011. A little bit more in Tuke. A little less in Rutt. This puts us at 4.8 ABV and about 77% ADF. Flavor is right about exactly what I wanted. I think I was hoping for a bit more hop aroma, but I am pretty fine with the sample in whole. Hope to bottle this weekend if I have enough bottles.
10/22/2011 Bottled esheppy
Bottled up this batch with 4.125oz sugar. Used the keg and beer gun again. Didn't actually take an FG reading, but I figure the one I took a few days ago is probably close enough. Will carb this for two weeks and then distribute to various lucky individuals. Got 29 12 oz bottles, 5 liter bottles, and 3 bombers.
11/04/2011 esheppy
Tried a liter. Nice german malt flavor. Firm hop bitterness and flavor. Love this beer.
11/08/2011 esheppy
Giving away 2 6-packs today. See Beer Gifts.
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