In the pursuit of perfect homebrew, failure still makes beer.

Oompah Oktoberfest/Märzen

Brew Date: 8/24/11

Brew Partners: Sivey, Man of Steele

Final Picture:


  • 6.6 lbs. amber malt extract DME
  • 1 lb Munich malt
  • 0.5 lb Crystal 10L
  • 0.5 lb Flaked Barley
  • 1.5 oz Cascade hops pellets (90 min)
  • 0.5 oz. Spalter hops pellets (5 min)
  • 2.0 oz. Liberty hops pellets (dry/secondary)
  • WLP002 English Ale yeast
  • Sucrose priming sugar


Do a partial mash of 3 gallons, starting heat at 160F for mashing the specialty grains for 30 minutes. Add 4.0lbs of amber DME, and raise to boil. At boil add the Cascade hops and boil for 60 minutes. At 5 minutes left, add the Spalter hops. Flame out and cool with a cold water bath (bathtub). Whirlpool the wort before adding to the primary and remove protein coagulate and hop material with a sanitized turkey baster. Add to the primary, with 2 gallons of cold water, and top off to 5 gallons. Ferment for >14 days, then rack to a secondary fermenter with Liberty hops for 7 days. Bottle condition for 2 weeks.

Primary Date: 8/24/11
Rack Date: 9/8/11
Package Date: 9/22/11
Package Type: brown bottle
OG: 1.064
FG: 1.018
Final ABV: 6.4%

Appearance: Amber brown, egg-white lacing on the top that quickly dissipates.

Aroma: Fruity as all hell. Definitely some hot fermentation with the WLP002 in this one, because all I smell is citrus fruits (probably from the hops, too) and esters. Once you get past the phenols, it’s a level aroma that is simple.

Taste: Again, the boozy, fruity, phenols stand out immediately. But after swallowing, they disappear and allow a strong malt backbone to take its place, which is quite delicious. It ends with a moderate citrus bitterness from the Cascades.

Overall: All in all, this came out more like a Belgian Pale than an Oktoberfest… but it wasn’t bad for missing the style, and it still was a good beer. I brought a whole case of this to a tailgate party and it was gone in an hour. Mostly thanks to my enthusiastic friends, but hey, that’s what they’re for.



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