Uncle Monkey's Dunkel

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A new twist on an old classic. This Bavarian-style dark lager possesses a light, floral, yet spicy aroma as well as a rich, caramel sweetness. Subtle notes of chocolate and coffee from the roasted malts are followed by a clean finish from the cold-brewed lager yeast. A traditional Dunkel, which is known for being smooth, rich and complex, it's a full bodied brew that has a moderate bitterness but just enough Crystal hops to balance out any sweetness of the malts. Take a chance on this brew, and you too will be noting the amazement of the Uncles Monkey’s Dunkel.

FOR FANS OF: 

Premium Dunkel - Warsteiner
Beck’s Dark - Beck’s Brewery

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 Crystal Pellet Hops (0.5 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): 21
  • IBU (Bitterness): 27
  • BJCP Style: 8. Dark European Lager - 8A. Munich Dunkel

Ferme­ntation

Carbo­nation

Bottle Condi­tioning

Total Brew­ing Time

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

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Uncle Monkey's Dunkel 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 1/2 oz. Packet Crystal 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: 1.042 (approx.) -- FG: 1.008 (approx.)
  • Flavor: Balanced
  • ABV (alc/vol): 4.5%
  • SRM (Color): 21
  • IBU (Bitterness): 27
  • BJCP Style: 8. Dark European Lager - 8A. Munich Dunkel

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 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 the can of Brewing Extract (it's not needed for this recipe) and 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. Bring water to a boil, add in hop sack, then remove from heat.
    4. Open the can of Brewing Extract and the LME, and 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 by visiting our help desk.)

Flavor Profile

balanced-recipesFlavor Profile
Alcohol by volume: 4.5%
SRM (color): 21
IBU (Bitterness): 27
Uncle Monkey's Dunkel is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 10.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My first good experience with lager yeast I tried brewing with lager yeast using a cooler and changing the ice periodically, but although the beer tasted ok, it didn't have clean taste that you expect from a lager. So I bought an inexpensive under desk refrigerator (compressor w thermostat type), and tried again. The max temperature setting for this refrigerator maintained approx. 44 deg F. So I let it ferment for 32 days, then bottled it and lagered it at the same temperature for about 3 weeks. The first bottle tasted fine, but didn't have much of a head. I took the bottles out of the refrigerator and am now storing in my basement which has an ambient temperature of about 60 deg F. When I am ready to serve, I put a few bottles in our kitchen refrigerator for a day or so. Now when I open one, I get a nice 2 finger head and clean slighty malty dunkel taste.
Date published: 2016-02-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Solid Lager "Quality beer with a crisp finish. I fermented at 55F for 3 weeks and warm conditioned at 70F.Could use a dry hop for some aroma but overall very tasty.I didn't blow me away so it got 4 stars. "
Date published: 2015-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Family Favorite For Garage Fermenting Ferment this stinky lager yeast beer in the garage for at least a week longer than you would an ale. After you prime and bottle it, let it set for at least 4 weeks in a very cool spot for the clearest, lightest, most flavorful Mr. Beer recipe that I have ever made! A great way to learn about the unique nature of lager yeast, while turning bad weather to your own benefit.
Date published: 2015-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good Dunkel This is an excellent dunkel! My wife even loved it and she doesn't like dark beers. Fermented for two weeks at about 54 degrees and bottle conditioned for another two weeks at about 70 degrees. Then put a couple in the fridge for a few days and wow it was a great tasting beer. Dark but very smooth and lite flavor. Will brew this again for sure.
Date published: 2015-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Dunkel by any other name... A fine dark lager with perfect balance and presentation, you can't go wrong with this Dunkel! And even though our friends at the German Beer Institute may not rhyme "Dunkel" with "Uncle", this lager still earns 5 Stars from me!
Date published: 2016-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I have no real complaints This recipe has been the best I've done so far. I've brewed about a half dozen or so and the other all seemed similar. Flavor seemed lightly fruity and finished well. I'd recommend for sure. Oh, btw my buddies liked it too!
Date published: 2016-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a definite winner! Loved it! the only thing i changed was i added a booster pack and .25lbs of caramel malts 120L to give it a lil more malt character and ABV% kick! Recommended to brew this one!
Date published: 2015-05-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Solid Dunkel It didn't blow my socks off but I wouldn't pour it out. Very drinkable. I've made with this maple syrup in the boil and I liked it better that way.
Date published: 2015-05-09
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