Danube Driftin’ Vienna Lager All Grain Beer Recipe Kit

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Stepping back in time, Danube Driftin' pays homage to a historical beer style. Vienna lager will thrill any fan of malt-driven beers. Using an array of base malts and just a dash of darker malts for color, Danube Driftin' is a pleasure to sip. This recipe features a deep copper color, medium body, and a modest bitterness with dominant rich toasty malt flavors devoid of caramel and roast flavors while a classic lager yeast strain provides a crisp, clean and dry finish.

Brewing Notes

  • Style: Vienna Lager
  • Fermentation Range: 50-60F
  • Original Gravity: 1.050
  • SRM: 10
  • IBUs: 21
  • ABV: 5.0%<

Tasting Notes

  • Aroma: Malt dominated aroma of toasted bread and biscuit. Low floral and earthy spiciness hop aromas in the background. Clean lager notes with no caramel or roast.
  • Appearance: Deep copper color with good clarity and a firm off-white to light tan foam head.
  • Flavor: Rich, malt forward flavor with flavors of freshly toasted crusty bread. Medium-low hop bitterness to balance the malt sweetness, with faint floral hop notes. Clean and crisp lager character with a moderately dry finish.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium-low body and very smooth.

Brad’s Notes:

“Often times it is really easy to get caught up in the newest brewing trends. Lately all the rage has been about New England IPAs, Brut IPAs, Pastry Stouts, yadda yadda yadda. Don’t get me wrong, these beers are great in their own right, but in this climate of new and edgy styles we frequently forget about the old, traditional and historical staples that got us where we are today. In that light, I present Danube Driftin’. One of my all-time favorite beer styles is Vienna Lager, and this style is largely responsible for the historical popularity of modern pale lagers. First brewed in 1841 by the Austrian visionary Anton Dreher, Vienna Lager was the product of new malting techniques pioneered in England and then fermented with lager yeast. The resulting beer took Europe by storm and was one of the preeminent styles of the day. Unfortunately due to many circumstances, its popularity waned over time and the style nearly became extinct. Luckily for us, the style spread around the globe and its popularity has rebounded thanks to the migration of Austrian brewers to other countries.

History aside, here’s a bit about the recipe itself and the techniques involved. Modern examples of Vienna lager typically use some combination of Pilsner, Vienna and Munich malts, continental European noble type hops and a classic lager yeast strain. In the case of the all-grain version of this recipe, I have chosen to exclusively utilize Weyermann Barke malts. These malts are made from an heirloom barley variety and are prized for their depth of flavor and high aromatics - absolutely perfect for a malt driven beer like Vienna Lager. Classic German Hallertau hops provide gentle bitterness and a touch of spicy and floral hop flavor, and German lager yeast rounds out the recipe and provides a super clean and crisp character to the beer to really let the fantastic malt qualities shine. Since this recipe is a lager, temperature control becomes rather important. By fermenting this beer quite cool (45 to 50F), the yeast will ferment incredibly clean and leave behind the signature crisp flavor profile. To accomplish this, a very cold room or a dedicated refrigerator and temperature controller is necessary. Don’t have dedicated equipment for fermenting a lager? No problem! The particular yeast strain in this recipe is very versatile and can still produce fine beers at much higher temperatures, even all the way up to 68F. The tradeoff is that the flavor profile will include some lightly fruity esters and the finish will not be quite as crisp as it would otherwise be, but it’s still a lager! In the instructions you will notice that it calls for a refrigerator for the 4 week lagering process, as that is the traditional method. Again, without a dedicated fridge, just let the beer rest in the same location as fermentation was conducted. Give this recipe a shot and come drift down the Danube with me!”

 

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Additional information

SKU

B11583, B11584

Beer Color Amber
Original Gravity

1.050

Total Time to Make 2 months
Regional Style German/Czech/Continental
Alcohol Content Medium
Yield 5 Gallons
Beer Style Vienna Lager
Fermentation Type Lager
Beer Recipe Kit Instructions Click here for recipe kit instructions
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Customer Reviews

Based on 11 reviews
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Ron R.
I LOVE this Danube Driftin’ Vienna Lager All Grain Beer Recipe

Been Home brewing for a few years now. I've tried several attempts at lagers. But this is only my second Lager that I can truly say I really really love. I use Brewfather brewing software and usually aim for 6.5 gallons in the Fermenter. I get very good mash efficiency with my system but a little less with my hops. Since I aim for a larger batch size I usually end up adding a small amount of grain and hops to keep my numbers in line. in this case I added one pound of Red-X malt (I love that malt and had some on hand) and one extra ounce of Hallertau hops. Keep in mind I only do this because of my particular system and process. It would not be necessary for another system I'm sure. Anyway I didn't take any short cuts with this one. I did a step mash which I love doing. I took time with a cool fermentation. Included a Diacetyl rest for a couple days, crash cooled it for a week and then conditioned it in my keg for a couple more weeks. And it is just getting better and better. Great recipe. I have the Northern Brewer Lime Tree Lager All Grain Recipe Kit on deck for an upcoming brew day and I can only imagine that will be equally as great.

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Matthew K.
It’s an 8 week beer, how can I review it yet?

Looks great, tastes great each time I racked it. Just nearing the end of lagering.

M
Mark O.
Danube Driftin’ Vienna Lager All Grain

Turned out well. The recipe is exactly what I was looking for. I used Lutra Kviek yeast. May not be a true lager, but it's close enough. Kegged version is awesome. I did not bottle for 3 weeks. 3 more weeks and there is very little carbonation. I don't think there is enough suspended yeast. From what I've read, bottle conditioning with Kviek needs to take place as soon as fermentation is complete, like within the 1st week!

M
Mark W.
Great beer.

Very drinkable. A delight to have a beer with flavor.

T
Todd A.
Nice drinking beer

Hit all the respective numbers. Came out with a nice easy drinking beer.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 11 reviews
73%
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9%
(1)
18%
(2)
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R
Ron R.
I LOVE this Danube Driftin’ Vienna Lager All Grain Beer Recipe

Been Home brewing for a few years now. I've tried several attempts at lagers. But this is only my second Lager that I can truly say I really really love. I use Brewfather brewing software and usually aim for 6.5 gallons in the Fermenter. I get very good mash efficiency with my system but a little less with my hops. Since I aim for a larger batch size I usually end up adding a small amount of grain and hops to keep my numbers in line. in this case I added one pound of Red-X malt (I love that malt and had some on hand) and one extra ounce of Hallertau hops. Keep in mind I only do this because of my particular system and process. It would not be necessary for another system I'm sure. Anyway I didn't take any short cuts with this one. I did a step mash which I love doing. I took time with a cool fermentation. Included a Diacetyl rest for a couple days, crash cooled it for a week and then conditioned it in my keg for a couple more weeks. And it is just getting better and better. Great recipe. I have the Northern Brewer Lime Tree Lager All Grain Recipe Kit on deck for an upcoming brew day and I can only imagine that will be equally as great.

M
Matthew K.
It’s an 8 week beer, how can I review it yet?

Looks great, tastes great each time I racked it. Just nearing the end of lagering.

M
Mark O.
Danube Driftin’ Vienna Lager All Grain

Turned out well. The recipe is exactly what I was looking for. I used Lutra Kviek yeast. May not be a true lager, but it's close enough. Kegged version is awesome. I did not bottle for 3 weeks. 3 more weeks and there is very little carbonation. I don't think there is enough suspended yeast. From what I've read, bottle conditioning with Kviek needs to take place as soon as fermentation is complete, like within the 1st week!

M
Mark W.
Great beer.

Very drinkable. A delight to have a beer with flavor.

T
Todd A.
Nice drinking beer

Hit all the respective numbers. Came out with a nice easy drinking beer.