Mad Ludwig's Marzen - ARCHIVED

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STORY:

Renowned for his eccentric and lavish behavior “Mad” King Ludwig’s demise may forever be a mystery, but the history of the Marzen is not! The Marzen is known as a staple at Germany’s renowned Oktoberfest. This brew is strong by nature and is well hopped to help preserve it for longer conditioning times. A Marzen should be well aged, so brew this one when the weather starts to turn warm and drink this bit of merriment for your own Oktoberfest party!

PROFILE:

This German-style Marzen is expressively rich with the flavor, aroma, and color of Vienna and Munich-style malts. The toasted malt sweetness and creamy, but clean mouthfeel is well-balanced by the spiciness of the traditional Noble hop variety known as Hallertau.

SIMILAR TO: 

Victory Brewing – Festbier
Paulaner Brewery – Oktoberfest- Märzen

RECIPE INCLUDES:

  • 1 Can Oktoberfest Lager Brewing Extract
  • 1 Packet Dry Brewing Yeast (under lid of Brewing Extract)
  • 1 Packet Saflager W-34/70 Dry Lager Yeast
  • 2 BrewMax LME Softpacks - Pale
  • 1 1/2 oz. Packet Hallertau Pellet Hops
  • 1 Muslin Hop Sack
  • 1 Packet No-Rinse Cleanser

Additional Information


  • A true lager, brew this beer cool (about 55°F, 12°C) for best flavor
  • OG: 1.052 (approx.) -- FG:1.013(approx.)
  • Flavor: Malty
  • ABV (alc/vol): 5.2%
  • SRM (Color): 12
  • IBU (Bitterness): 21
  • BJCP Style: 6. Amber Malty European Lager - 6A. Marzen

Ferme­ntation

Carbo­nation

Bottle Condi­tioning

Total Brew­ing Time

3 Weeks 3 Weeks 2 - 4 Months = 4 - 6 Months

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Mad Ludwig's Marzen Instructions

RECIPE INCLUDES:

  • 1 Can Oktoberfest Lager Brewing Extract
  • 1 Packet Dry Brewing Yeast (under lid of Brewing Extract)
  • 1 Packet Saflager W-34/70 Dry Lager Yeast
  • 2 BrewMax LME Softpacks - Pale
  • 1 1/2 oz. Packet Hallertau Pellet Hops
  • 1 Muslin Hop Sack
  • 1 Packet No-Rinse Cleanser

Additional Information


  • A true lager, brew this beer cool (about 55°F, 12°C) for best flavor
  • OG: 1.052 (approx.) -- FG:1.013(approx.)
  • Flavor: Malty
  • ABV (alc/vol): 5.2%
  • SRM (Color): 12
  • IBU (Bitterness): 21
  • BJCP Style: 6. Amber Malty European Lager - 6A. Marzen

Ferme­ntation

Carbo­nation

Bottle Condi­tioning

Total Brew­ing Time

3 Weeks 3 Weeks 2 - 4 Months = 4 - 6 Months

 

STEP 1: SANITIZING

Follow the steps outlined in your Mr. Beer Kit Instructions. (You can find a copy of these instructions to download by visiting our help desk.)

NOTE: BE SURE TO SANITIZE EVERYTHING THAT WILL COME INTO CONTACT WITH YOUR BEER. 

STEP 2: BREWING

Brewing beer is the process of combining a starch source (in this case, a malt brewing extract) with yeast. Once combined, the yeast eats the sugars in the malt, producing alcohol and carbon dioxide (CO2). This process is called fermentation. 

    1. Remove the yeast packet (not needed for this recipe) from under the lid of the Brewing Extract, then place the unopened can and LME softpacks in hot tap water.
    2. Place the pellet hops into the hop sack tying it closed, then trim away excess material.
    3. Using the sanitized measuring cup, pour 4 cups of water into your clean 3-quart or larger pot. Bring water to a boil, add in hop sack, then remove from heat.
    4. Open the can of Brewing Extract and both pouches of LME, pour the contents into the hot mixture. Stir until thoroughly mixed. This mixture of unfermented beer is called wort.
    5. Fill keg with cold tap water to the 4-quart mark on the back.
    6. Pour the wort, including the hop sack, into the keg, and then bring the volume of the keg to the 8.5-quart mark by adding more cold water. You'll leave the hop sack in the wort for the duration of fermentation. Stir vigorously with the spoon or whisk. 
    7. Sprinkle ONLY the Saflager W-34/70 yeast packet into the keg, and screw on the lid. Do not stir. 
    8. Put your keg in a location with a consistent temperature between 51°and 59° F (10°-15°C), ideally about 55° F (12°C) and out of direct sunlight. Ferment for 12-18 days.
    9. After approximately 2-3 days, you will be able to see the fermentation process happening by shining a flashlight into the keg. You'll see the yeast in action in the wort. The liquid will be opaque and milky, you will see bubbles rising in the liquid, and there will be bubbles on the surface.


Your fermentation will usually reach its peak in 5 to 8 days (this is also known as “high krausen”). You may see a layer of foam on top of the wort, and sediment will accumulate at the bottom of the fermenter. This is totally normal. Complete fermentation will take approximately 2 weeks.

After high krausen the foam and activity will subside and your batch will appear to be dormant. Your beer is still fermenting. The yeast is still at work slowly finishing the fermentation process. 

Step 3: BOTTLING AND CARBONATING

Follow the steps outlined in your Mr. Beer Kit Instructions. (You can find a copy of these instructions to download by visiting our help desk.)

Flavor Profile

malty-recipesFlavor Profile
Alcohol by volume: 5.2%
SRM (color): 12
IBU (Bitterness): 21
Mad Ludwig's Marzen - ARCHIVED is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 3.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Let's start Oktoberfest early! I took advantage of our winter to start brewing this early. It poured with a big head that settled quickly. The first bottle is a bit cloudy still, but there is a good malty backbone to this and the flavor is rounding out. I will wait a bit for bottle 2 but it is going to be popular.
Date published: 2017-05-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good I'm more of an IPA drinker, but got this because of a deal that was running and it looked interesting. It's a good, well rounded drink. Not too malty and just a hint of sweet in there. Like I said, a good drink. Brew and conditioning time is brutal. This isn't a complaint as much as it's just a heads up. This is the third beer I've brewed and the waiting (and waiting is necessary, the beer benefits from age) is the hardest part. On to the next beer!
Date published: 2017-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Glad I went 'Mad!' Mad Ludwig is a great recipe for a first-time lager fermentation. I brewed my initial one in a large Coleman cooler with ice packs and it turned out exceptional! Since then, I've brewed this a couple more times but mini-mashed a little Munich and Vienna malts to boost the flavor a bit. Those were also very good and barely survived Oktoberfest!
Date published: 2017-10-10
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