Recipe for Maibock (Spring Lager)

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recette de maibock

Recipe for Maibock :

  • Color : Deep golden
  • Alcohol content : 7.1%.
  • Quantity : 20L
  • Bitterness : Mild
  • Brewing time : 6h
  • Difficulty : High


Recipe for Maibock (Spring Lager)

Brew our Maibock recipe

Step 1

Heat 20.5 liters of water to 72°C and pour in the crushed grains.

Stir well, and don’t hesitate to crush any lumps against the sides of your vat. Continue until you reach a temperature of 67°C. Maintain this temperature for 1 hour.

At the same time, heat 14.5 liters of water to 77°C.

Step 2

If possible, mash out for 10 minutes at 75°C.

Step 3

Once the hour of saccharification is over, proceed to rinsing and filtration.

Step 4

Heat the wort and boil for 60 minutes.

Add the first dose of hops at the start of the boil. With 10 minutes to go, add the second dose.

If you’re cooling with a coil, don’t forget to sterilize it in the wort 15 minutes before the end of the boil. Once boiling is complete, send in the cold water.

Step 5

Cool the wort to as low a temperature as possible, transfer to a fermenter and place in your fermentation fridge to drop to 11°C. Initial density should be around 1.069.

Once this temperature has been reached, add your yeast and leave to ferment for 5 days.

For low fermentation, we recommend a diacetyl rest. Once your 5 days are up, slowly raise the temperature to 16°C and leave for a good 7 days.

Finally, once this week has elapsed, chill your beer to 5°C (over 2/3 days, so don’t overdo it) and keep it there for a good month before lagering.

The final specific gravity should be around 1.017.

Step 6

Add 7g per L of sugar at bottling.

Over View

Maibock is a traditional German lager brewed to celebrate the arrival of spring. Here, the emphasis is clearly on malt! Despite its high alcohol content, it’s still very easy to drink. Low fermentation produces clean, crisp bread and cookie flavors, enhanced by floral and spicy hop notes.

This beer is the perfect accompaniment to any spring meal !