Ulterior Motive" of my last brew day?
The last beer I brewed (Ulterior Motive Amber Lager) was basically a big starter batch so that I could build up enough WLP833 German Bock Lager Yeast to brew a proper dopplebock.
The fact that I'll get a batch of beer to put in my keggerator is a bonus.
As you probably know, lagers generally require more yeast to get the fermentation job done.
Big lagers obviously require even more yeast, and a dopplebock is a great big beer.
I've used the technique of "yeast harvesting" from smaller lagers into bigger lagers before, and it ultimately ended up with my award-winning Maibock, Helles in a Hand Bock-sket. It is less expensive than buying extra vials of yeast, and of course, I also end up with 5 gallons of a smaller beer to enjoy.
The first lager I ever brewed was way back in 2010 with Mr. Beer ingredients. I called the beer "Brother Bear Dopplebock".
This all-grain version is bigger in alcohol with about the same IBU. It will probably be about the same color. It is probably a beer that I will drink slowly over time and would not be surprised if I still had some over a year from now.
It is actually lower in alcohol than your average dopplebock, and probably a little more bitter. Its color is right in the middle.
Check out the recipe on the SheppyBrew Website:
I am planning on brewing the new version of Brother Bear this weekend.
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