Weasel Breweries™ Recipes:
Der Alten Lump™ (Altbier)

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Extract and partial mash. German Alt Bier. Makes 5 gallons. Elapsed Time: 1.5 hours.

  • 6 lbs. Marie's malt extract
  • 1 lb. Crystal 55L Malt
  • 1.5 oz. pelleted Magnum hops (bittering)
  • 1 oz. pelleted Hallertau hops (aroma)
  • 1 tsp. Irish Moss (optional)
  • 1 package European Ale Yeast yeast- Wyeast #1338 European

Add 5 liters cold water to a 20 liter stainless steel sparge pot. Place specialty grains in muslin or nylon sparging bag and add to water. Begin heating, making sure grain and sparging bag do not burn on bottom of pot. When temperature reaches 180 F, turn off heat and sparge grains for an additional five minutes. Then, remove bag and squeeze remaining tasty goodness from bag using a collander and a large bowl. Discard grains.

While sparging specialty grains, bring 20 liters cold water to a boil in a 30 liter stainless steel brew pot. When brew pot reaches boil, begin stirring water and add malt extract. Stirring will prevent the malt extract settling to the bottom of the bot and burning. Next, add the contents of the sparging pot. Stir a few more times for good measure. Inhale.

Turn on the heat and bring the mixture to a boil again. When boiling, the mixture forms a foam layer which can rise out of the pot and burn on your stove. Be careful to avoid this. It is messy and difficult to clean.

Boil the wort for 60 minutes, adding ingredients at the following intervals:

Start of boil: Bittering hops- 1.5 oz. Magnum hops

45 minutes: Irish Moss

55 minutes: Aroma hops - 1.0 oz. Hallertau hops

60 minutes: Stop boil.

Cool the wort to 85 F or lower before adding yeast. Cool the wort as quickly as possible to prevent infection.

Leave wort in primary fermenter until fermentation subsides (about a week). Leave wort in secondary fermenter for an additional two to three weeks. Bottle and age to taste. (Weasel Breweries recommends a minimum of two months. More is better.)

1st successful brewing, 6 May 1999.

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Last update: 29 August 2011