German Alt All Grain Beer Recipe Kit
Alt refers to an old-school, top-fermented style of brewing ale rather than a relatively modern bottom-fermented lager. Altbier is especially associated with the city of Dusseldorf. Alts are a bit difficult to explain to the uninitiated - kind of like a hoppy Oktoberfest? A very malty pale ale? You'll just have to try a glass of coppery-brown, rich, caramelly, and bitter ale to get the idea.
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|Total Time to Make||6 weeks|
|Beer Style||Amber Ale|
|Beer Recipe Kit Instructions||Click here for recipe kit instructions|
My neighbors love this beer. Used the Saf Ale S04 yeast and made a starter 3 days prior. Clean finish. Will keg this one again.
End result was a success, which is the only real measure that counts.
First time brewing an altbier. The description is spot on, it is like a malty pale ale. Just enough bitter, malt comes through, well-balanced. I'm an IPA fan, but this is a great drinking beer. Give it a try.
Tasted it after one week in bottle. It already tastes good, I expect it to get better.
This was my first time doing a multi-step mash. I used my insulated cooler mash tun- rookie mistake, (but it turned out great). I ended up filling my tun to the brim with water trying to heat up the mash at each step. I gave up on that and drained the liquid (pre-wort?) from the tun back into my kettle to get it to temp at each step. It was a totally bootleg operation. My next investment will be a bigger, better kettle and burner so I can brew this again (with ease) over the flame.
The beer itself is amazing; very crisp and refreshing, but complex. I love Alt beers, and this was seriously one of the best I've ever had.