May the Schwarz Bier With You

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PROFILE:

Not so long ago, in a brewery not that far away, Ol’ Barleywine Kenobicould not force himself to drink yet another lack luster, watery brew. So, he looked to the dark side for a better, stronger beer, and this classic Schwarzbier was born! This dark, German-style lager retains the distinct Saaz hop notes that many Pilsners are known for, but the addition of dark malts lends flavors of chocolate, coffee, and subtle, dark stonefruits. Schwarzbiers are typically easier to drink than a Stout or Porter, due to the lighter body, but they all share a similar robust flavor.

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FOR FANS OF:

Black Lager - Samuel Adams
Baba Black Lager - Uinta Brewing

RECIPE INCLUDES:

  • 1 Can Grand Bohemian Czech Pilsner Brewing Extract
  • 1 Packet Dry Brewing Yeast (under lid of Brewing Extract)
  • 1 BrewMax LME Softpack - Robust
  • 1 Packet Saflager S-23 Dry Lager Yeast
  • 1 Packet Saaz Pellet Hops (1/2 oz.)
  • 1 Muslin Hop Sack
  • 1 Packet No-Rinse Cleanser

Additional Information


  • A true lager, brew and carbonate this beer cool (about 55°F, 12°C) for best flavor
  • OG: 1.042 (approx.) -- FG: 1.008 (approx.)
  • Flavor: Balanced
  • ABV (alc/vol): 4.5%
  • SRM (Color): 20
  • IBU (Bitterness): 27
  • BJCP Style: 8. Dark European Lager - 8B. Schwarzbier

Ferme­ntation

Carbo­nation

Bottle Condi­tioning

Total Brew­ing Time

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

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May the Schwarz Bier With You Instructions

RECIPE INCLUDES:

  • 1 Can Grand Bohemian Czech Pilsner Brewing Extract
  • 1 Packet Dry Brewing Yeast (under lid of Brewing Extract)
  • 1 BrewMax LME Softpack - Robust
  • 1 Packet Saflager S-23 Dry Lager Yeast
  • 1 Packet Saaz Pellet Hops (1/2 oz.)
  • 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: 1.042 (approx.) -- FG: 1.008 (approx.)
  • Flavor: Balanced
  • ABV (alc/vol): 4.5%
  • SRM (Color): 20
  • IBU (Bitterness): 27
  • BJCP Style: 8. Dark European Lager - 8B. Schwarzbier

Ferme­ntation

Carbo­nation

Bottle Condi­tioning

Total Brew­ing Time

3 Weeks 3 Weeks 2 - 4 Weeks = 2 - 3 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 from under the lid of Brewing Extract, it's not needed for this recipe, then place the unopened can and LME softpack in hot tap water.
    2. Place the pellet hops into the hop sack tying it closed, then trim away excess material.
    3. Using the measuring cup, pour 4 cups of water into your clean 3-quart or larger pot, then Bring water to a boil, add in hop sack, then remove from heat
    4. Open the Brewing Extract and the 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 #1 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 #2 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 S-23 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 53.6° and 59° F (12°-15° C) and out of direct sunlight. After approximately 24 hours, 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.
    9. You’ll ferment for 21 days total. Your fermentation will usually reach its peak in 2 to 5 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

balanced-recipesFlavor Profile
Alcohol by volume: 4.5%
SRM (color): 20
IBU (Bitterness): 27
May the Schwarz Bier With You is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 7.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic dunkel, but not a schwarzbier This kit makes an exceptionally good beer, but it is a dunkel not a schwarzbier. The final product is five star, but I only awarded four because it didn't match the style implied by the name. I tasted it side-by-side with a commercial Munich dunkel and honestly felt the Mr. Beer product had better depth of flavor. The color is wonderful and the beer has a malty sweetness that is very easy drinking
Date published: 2015-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Award winning! I purchased and brewed this prior to Mr. Beer re-doing its website. I reviewed it then, but my review didn't carry over. I submitted this beer in a nationwide contest (the first one I had ever entered). It came out as first place in its category! Needless to say, I was quite impressed and pleased.
Date published: 2016-11-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Glad I brewed it Just opened my first bottle from a November brew. It was nice and crisp but I think it will improve if I can keep away from them :P Mr. Beer, as always, takes much of the risk out of a good result and delivers once again on its promise. I just did a count of my label log and I'm about 35 batches in. The only batches that have turned out wonky were thru my own fault and mostly by being impatient (No, a bock is not going to taste anywhere near right after two weeks.) Looking forward to opening another bottle in another couple of weeks. "Relax. Don't worry. Have a homebrew." - Charlie P
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A nice drinkable brew While not a perfect Schwartz beer, this goes down quite well and we have found it a very nice change of pace. It does not have the overtly sent tase some darker brews have nor is it excessively heavy. (Note: my mistake caused me to over carbonate the bottles. One should not bottle when tired and after having a beer or two first.)
Date published: 2018-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great wheat beer More like a dunkle than the discription info. It reminds me of Warstiener. Luckily I love strong wheat beers. Great flavor. Make sure it gets the week in the fridge of it will taste sour. I did 3 weeks fermented and 3 in the bottle before sampling. The bottle that were last (5 weeks) were the best and smoothest.
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great taste! Fourth try at home brewing. I prefer a dark beer and this one tastes great! Fermented for 3 weeks, waited 7 weeks after bottling and the wait was worth it!
Date published: 2018-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I bought this for people who wanted to drink dark beer but wanted of the light beer taste. Needless to say it was a hit!
Date published: 2016-04-06
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