Oktoberfestivus German Amber

Oktoberfestivus German Amber is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 22.
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We took the always-popular base of Oktoberfest Lager and spiced it up a bit with the addition of Hallertau hops and Smooth DME. These additions add a delicious complexity to this German mainstay, and Oktoberrfest lovers will appreciate Oktoberfestivus’ complex amber malt flavors and balanced hop bitterness. This is a beer so good and easy to drink, we won’t blame you if you don’t want to share with the rest of us!

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Summary

    What You Get

    1 Oktoberfest Lager Brewing Extract (HME)

    1 Packet of Dry Brewing Yeast (Under the Lid of the Brewing Extract)

    1 Packet of BrewMax DME Smooth

    1 Packet of Hallertau Pellet Hops (1oz packet) 

    1 Hop Sack

    1 Packet of No-Rinse Cleanser


    For Fans Of

    Beck's Otkoberfest

    Stieglbraueri Stiegl Goldbrau


    Brew Specs

    Flavor: Balanced

    Original Gravity: 1.042

    Final Gravity: 1.011

    ABV: 4.2%

    SRM: (Color): 14

    IBU: (Bitterness): 21


    STEP 1: Sanitizing

    Cleaning is one of the most important steps in brewing. It kills microscopic bacteria, wild yeast, and molds that may cause off-flavors in your beer. Make certain to clean all equipment that comes in contact with your beer by following the directions below:

    1. Fill clean keg with warm water to line mark 1 on the back, then add ½ pack (about 1 tablespoon) of No-Rinse Cleanser and stir until dissolved. Once dissolved, the solution is ready to use. Save the remaining ½ of No-Rinse Cleanser because you will need it for bottling.

    2. Screw-on the lid and swirl the keg so that the cleaning solution makes contact with the entire interior of the keg, including the underside of the lid. Note that the ventilation notches under the lid may leak solution. Allow to sit for at least 2 minutes and swirl again.

    3. To clean the spigot, open it fully and allow the liquid to flow for 5 seconds and then close.

    4. Pour the rest of the solution from the keg into a large bowl. Place your spoon/whisk, can opener and measuring cup into the bowl to keep them cleaned throughout the brewing process. Leave them immersed for at least 2 minutes in cleaning solution prior to using.

    5. After all, surfaces have been thoroughly cleaned, do not rinse or dry the keg or utensils. Return lid to the top of the keg, proceed immediately to brewing.


    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 the can of Brewing Extract, then place the unopened can in hot tap water.

    2. Place the packet of 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.

    4. Slowly sprinkle in the DME into the pot of cool water and stir to dissolve. Increase your heat to medium-high. Continue stirring constantly to keep the rising foam in check. If it begins to rise, pull the pan off the heat and lower the temperature slightly, continuing to stir (about 5 to 20 minutes depending on your particular conditions), until you hit the hot break which is where the foam has subsided and the solution is now boiling. Add the hop sack and allow the solution to continue to boil for 5 minutes, then remove from heat.

    5. Open the can of Brewing Extract and pour the contents into the hot mixture in your pot. Stir until thoroughly mixed. This mixture of unfermented beer is called wort.

    6. Fill your fermenter with cold tap water to the mark 1 on the back. If using any other fermenter this would be approximately 1 gallon of water.

    7. Pour the wort into your fermenter, and then bring the volume of the fermenter to mark 2 by adding more cold water. (If you have a different fermenter top it off with cold water to the 8.5-liter mark).

    8. Stir your wort mixture vigorously with your sanitized spoon or whisk.

    9. Sprinkle the yeast packet into the keg, and screw on the lid. Do not stir.

    Put your fermenter in a location with a consistent temperature between 68° and 78° F (20°-25° C), and out of direct sunlight. Ferment for 14 days.


    STEP 3: Bottling & Carbonating

    After 14 days, taste a small sample to determine if the beer is fully fermented and ready to bottle. If it tastes like flat beer, it is ready. If it’s sweet, then it’s not ready. Let it ferment for 3 more days (17 total). At this point, it is time to bottle. Do not let it sit in the fermenter for longer than 24 days total.

    1. When your beer is ready to bottle, fill a 1-gallon container with warm water, then add the remaining ½ pack of the No-Rinse Cleanser and stir until dissolved. Once dissolved, it is ready to use.

    2. Distribute the cleaning solution equally among the bottles. Screw-on caps (or cover with a metal cap if using glass bottles) and shake bottles vigorously. Allow to sit 10 minutes, then shake the bottles again. Remove caps and empty all cleaning solution into a large bowl. Use this solution to clean any other equipment you may be used for bottling. Do not rinse.

    3. Add 2 Carbonation Drops to each 740-mL bottle. For 1-liter bottles, add 2 ½ drops; for ½-liter bottles add 1 drop. Alternatively, you can add table sugar using this table as a guide

    4. Holding the bottle at an angle, fill each bottle to about 2 inches from the bottle’s top.

    5. Place caps on bottles, hand tighten, and gently turn the bottle over to check the bottle’s seal. It is not necessary to shake them.

    6. Store the bottles upright and out of direct sunlight in a location with a consistent temperature between 70°-76°F or 21°-24°C. Allow sitting for a minimum of 14 days. If the temperature is cooler than suggested it may take an additional week to reach full carbonation. 


    Tip from our Brewmasters

    After the primary carbonation has taken place your beer is ready to drink. We recommend putting 1 bottle in the refrigerator at first for 48 hrs. After 48hrs. give it a try and if it is up to your liking put the rest of your beer in the fridge. If it does not taste quite right, leave the bottles out at room temp for another week or so. Keep following this method until your brew tastes just how you like it. 

    This process is called conditioning and during this time the yeast left in your beer can help clean up any off-flavors. Almost everything gets a little better with time and so will your beer.

    Rated 4 out of 5 by German Snob from Excellent beer, just not a marzenbier I had a lengthy review all typed up but for some reason it didn't post. Maybe open up the browser compatibility there a bit, eh? Don't feel like retyping it so..... short version: This is really great beer, it's just not a true fest beer. Again, REALLY great beer. You'll enjoy this beer.
    Date published: 2020-10-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Matt M from very smooth great head retention did both Oktoberfest and oktoberfestivus...liked both but can really taste and see difference okterberfestivus recipe as others have noted...very smooth and really a good tasting beer...would recommend folks try this one as very easy to brew and wow what a step up in taste etc...
    Date published: 2016-11-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Zues from This came out tasting great!!! This is becoming my favorite drink to have during the Fall season so far!!! I let it ferment for about 4 weeks and let it bottle condition for 3 weeks. It tastes better the longer it's bottle conditioning. I will definitely brew this again.
    Date published: 2017-09-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Jamiec7323 from Great Beer Tried this around christmas. Great beer. Dark amber color, smooth, not to bitter. Great combo of Octoberfest and Amber Ale. Everyone that tried it said it was better than any other. Will do it again.
    Date published: 2021-06-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by theheyj from Great Taste Just started drinking this brew. One of the best I've had so far. Drinking a glass as I'm writing this review. Excellent Flavor.
    Date published: 2017-11-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Anonymous from Viele Frohliche (Very Happy) I'm drinking it now & somewhere 9ne of us did something right (maybe we both did!). Suffice to say I highly recommend this one!
    Date published: 2020-10-09
    Rated 4 out of 5 by Thirsty Moose from Easy to enjoy This beer is better than the straight Oktoberfest DME. Better flavor, easy to make, and easy to enjoy a few...
    Date published: 2016-03-05
    Rated 3 out of 5 by Christopher from Good Beer I liked it but it was not as I expected. It was not a bad beer but, FOR ME, it was not a great beer either.
    Date published: 2017-07-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by D Knight from Oktoberfestivus German Amber Very flavorful and smooth beer. No bitter aftertaste. My favorite Mr. Beer recipe to date.
    Date published: 2020-06-17
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