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Optimator Ale


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Brewer/Contributor: Kerry

Batch Size: 5.00 gal

Boil Size: 5.72 gal

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Optimator Ale

Type: All Grain

Date: 2/19/2007

Batch Size: 5.00 gal

Brewer: Kerry
Boil Size: 5.72 galAsst Brewer:
Boil Time: 60 min Equipment: Brew Pot 9 Gal
Taste Rating(out of 50): 35.0 Brewhouse Efficiency: 70.00
Taste Notes: A classic Dopplebock Lager converted to an ale. Very High malt finish with a touch of hops for a great balance. The orignal beer is made by Spaten of Munchen (Munich) Germany. Considered one of the world's best lagers, if not one of the best beers per


AmountItemType% or IBU
3.00 lbLight Dry Extract (8.0 SRM)Dry Extract22.22 %
8.50 lbPale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM)Grain62.96 %
1.50 lbCaramel/Crystal Malt -120L (120.0 SRM)Grain11.11 %
0.50 lbVictory Malt (25.0 SRM)Grain3.70 %
1.50 ozHallertauer [4.80 %] (60 min)Hops19.7 IBU
1 PkgsGerman Ale/Kolsch (White Labs #WLP029)Yeast-Ale


Beer Profile

Est Original Gravity: 1.079 SG

Measured Original Gravity: 1.070 SG
Est Final Gravity: 1.019 SGMeasured Final Gravity: 1.015 SG
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 7.88 % Actual Alcohol by Vol: 7.19 %
Bitterness: 19.7 IBUCalories: 317 cal/pint
Est Color: 20.8 SRMColor:

Mash Profile

Mash Name: My MashTotal Grain Weight: 10.50 lb
Sparge Water: 0.00 galGrain Temperature: 72.0 F
Sparge Temperature: 168.0 FTunTemperature: 72.0 F
Adjust Temp for Equipment: TRUEMash PH: 5.4 PH

My Mash
Step TimeNameDescriptionStep Temp
60 minInfusion Add 12.00 qt of water at 168.2 F154.9 F

Mash Notes:

Carbonation and Storage

Carbonation Type: Kegged (Forced CO2)Volumes of CO2: 2.6
Pressure/Weight: 18.8 PSICarbonation Used: 12.5
Keg/Bottling Temperature: 50.0 FAge for: 28.0 days
Storage Temperature: 50.0 F 


Mash and Sparge 60 mins 6.0 Gals Water
Add hops and boil 60-70 Mins
Cool to 74F
1 tsp Irish Moss (boil 45 min)
White labs WLP838 Southern German Lager
Boil for 60 minutes. Add Irish moss for last 45 minutes of boil

This beer should be a lager, but I am experimenting an Ale version to see how close to the real thing it comes.

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