Q: I took my OG reading and it was 1042 the kit calls for 1053 will this be a problem?
A: If you are getting a 1.042 reading after the kit was properly leveled off in the fermenter to an even 5 gallons, the batch will have a lower ABV and a little less body but would still have a good flavor profile. Its possible if a bit more water of 1/2 gallon or so was added to the fermenter this lowered the gravity reading due to the dilution if the hydrometer used was calibrated as well
Q: I am looking to get the Oktoberfest/Marzen kit but I’m not set up to do a lager. In the past I have used Wyeast 2112 - California Lager yeast which ferments at temps up to 65 degrees, on summer lagers with good results. Would this strain work with the maltiness of an Oktoberfest?
A: 2112 for a lager yeast of 1007 as an ale strain would both work very well on this batch to stear clear of the more specific lower lager temps
Q: How long does this need to ferment? (Planning to keg it)
A: 10-14 days in primary and a reccomended 1-2 weeks in secondary
Q: How can I get this to like 9% or even 8%
A: addting in the Alcoboost will raise the % to aroudn 6-7 and you can add more base LME or more of the alcoboost as a seperate item to get the desired gravity or ABv your looking for
Q: What’s the grain bill for the steeping grains?
A: 11lbs munich, 1lb vienna and 1/2lb of caramunich
Q: I am looking at using Fermentis Saflager W-34/70 for my yeast. Will that be ok since it is used for as a dry lager yeast?
A: S-23 or W-34/70 would both work fine as dry lager strains for this kit
Q: Recipe calls for 7.5 HBU Northern Brewer hops. I received (3) 1oz bags of Northern Brewer hops for two kits ordered. No idea when to add hops or how much to add. Directions do not help. This same question was asked two other times by different people and no direct answer was given that makes any sense?
A: The recipe follows a standard 60 minute boil. Bittering hops unless otherwise directed are always added at 60 minutes, flavor hops at 15 minutes and aroma hops at 5 minutes as the schedule we follow on all of our all grain recipes. The Norther Brewer shipping are 4.5% so to achieve the intended 7.5HBU's we need 1.5oz's for each recipe for the 60 minute bittering addition
Q: Does this kit contain wheat (or rye) malts or grains?
A: The recipe does not call for an addition of either of those grain types and uses malted barely and a barely malt syrup extract as the "grain" portion of the order
Q: Hello I'm looking to buy a an Oktoberfest brewing kit for my boyfriend for Christmas. He has brewed once before along time ago so I was looking for a good kit to get him going again. I've heard great things about this kit but I'm not really sure if this is a good starter kit and if so what to select for each option?Any help is much appreciated!! Thank you!!
A: This recipe can be made as an ale or a lager depending on the yeast you select. It may not be wise to select a lager for a beginning brewer as it requires fermentation at a low temp.
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Q: I don't see the instructions listed. Does this require cold temp fermentation?
A: Depending on the yeast chosen. If you choose a lager yeast then yes, if you choose to use an ale yeast then you will be fermenting at ale temperatures. The choice is yours, but normally Oktoberfest is done as a lager.
Q: Recipe calls for 7.5 HBU bittering hops. All the recipes I have done before are listed in ounces. How much bittering hops do I add? I ordered three kits together and the hops are all co-mingled in the box so I can just dump what came in the kit in. Help? Was hoping to start this batch tonight.
A: Sorry for the late response, but for future reference: If it is listed that you use 7.5 HBU of northern brewer. Refer to the AA (alpha acid listed on the hops label. If the recipe calls for 7.5 and northern brewer is 7.4 AA then use the entire ounce. If northern brewer is about 3.3 then use about half of the ounce received. Refer to the AA in order to find out how much of the hops to use. Each batch of hops can have a different AA so it always differs.
Q: i will be using the white labs 820 octoberfest/morzen lager yeast do i need a starter or just add an extra vial/ Is it to warm to ship a liquid yeast?
A: The original gravity for this recipe does not require an additional yeast, but it can be used. A starter will not hurt your batch. Yeast can be shipped with ice packs for an additional cost.
Q: In the included instructions you list hte Boil/Bittering Hops as 7.5 HBU Northern Brewer? Should that be 1oz or 1/2oz of Northern Brewer hops?
A: If it is listed that you use 7.5 HBU of northern brewer. Refer to the AA (alpha acid listed on the hops label. If the recipe calls for 7.5 and northern brewer is 7.4 AA then use the entire ounce. If northern brewer is about 3.3 then use about half of the ounce received. Refer to the AA in order to find out how much of the hops to use. Each batch of northern brewer can have a different AA so it always differs.
Q: I am only able to brew ales. How does this Octoberfest fare as an ale with dry yeast?
A: If fermented fairly cool with ale yeast it would still be a pretty cean beer. May have slight fruity esters not found in most Octoberfect, but would be a bad beer by any means.
Q: Whats the estimated alcohol % for this kit?
A: This beer will come out about 5.1% ABV