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Low Oxygen Brewing; Exploring LODO
Low oxygen brewing has been largely dismissed as a non-issue for home brewing. The term “Hot Side Aeration” or HSA was once considered a serious home brewing problem when George Fix described beer stability issues in Principles of Brewing Science: A Study of Serious Brewing Issues. Since, a number of magazine articles, blogs, and presentations, seem to have minimized HSA as not relevant at home brewing scales. Controversy. The question remains, can low oxygen brewing improve my beers? To what extent?
Hot side aeration (HSA) is a myth, right? Or is it? I’m sure by now many of you have read the PDF put out by the German Brewing Forum that has caused a bit of a stir. The reactions I’ve read have either been “This changes everything!” or “This is complete rubbish!” with little in between. I don’t want an Apple v. Android style fanboy dogfight. I want to talk facts and figures, science and chemistry. Let’s eliminate the hyperbole and see if we can dig into what is and isn’t really going on here. If you haven’t read the PDF, it basically advocates using sodium metabisulfite (SMB) in the strike water and working towards lowering oxygen ingress at all stages of brewing.
We would like to announce a recent work the German Brewing team has put together about brewing Bavarian Helles. This represents months of research, experimentation and testing to dial in a representative example of the style that reflect the true character and flavors of the originals found in Bavaria, Germany. There are some somewhat novel (for the home brewing world) techniques here, but overall pulling together a variety of brewing process steps into a cohesive process that works very well and delivers a great beer, of far better quality than typically achieved by home brewers.
We welcome your thoughts, discussion and experience if you try this process approach and recipe.
We will also be discussing on the German Brewing forum
Weizenberg has written some great articles on the various German Helles Fermentation schedules:
Read a strong discussion and defense of decoction mashing…
In Defense of Decoction
Join the discussion in the forum…
Roachbrau’s approach to propagating and pitching yeast.
Kräusen Yeast Starter
A great article about the history and production of Bohemian PIlsner.
In the footsteps of Joseph Groll – The Bohemian Pils
Here’s a quick-and-dirty walkthrough of a Hochkurz decoction mash by Steve Roach. Steve is a German-lager obsessed homebrewer; he goes by roachbrau on the forum.
If you’d like to discuss decoction mashing, check out the forum decoction thread HERE.
When we first arrived in Munich this summer, on our way to my wife’s family’s house we get to (well, I get excited about it) drive through the Hallertau and Danau river regions as we make our way north. This year that included stopping at Kloster Weltenburger, known for it’s award winning Munich Dunkel. It’s a monastery located along the Danau (Danube) River, upstream from Regensburg in northern Bavaria/Frankonia region. You drive through hop farms in Hallertau to get there. Not a bad way for a German beer lover to arrive in Munich. 2 hours after we land we’re at a famous biergarten in the middle of a famous hop region.
The biergarten is located in the courtyard of the abbey and is a very picturesque German setting.
Their Munich Dunkel is a great beer! I was surprised how close it is to the recipe I have brewed several times (which I will post later). On the first sip I noted…Weyermann Munich 2! Very similar flavors.
Past the doors of the abbey takes you out to the ‘beach’, literally a stones throw from the Danube River.
I had the opportunity to visit Bayerischer Bahnhof this past summer on our trip to Germany. Bayerischer Bahnhof is located in Leipzig, in the old Bavarian train station located near downtown. I’ve been here several times over the past few years and I really dig the style of renovated train station, modern menu, combined with biergarten, stammtisch and traditional German bier hall.
Here are my notes from the trip (from Facebook). I’m going to do a “Best of the Best” series to open up some of the posts from Facebook to a wider audience.
June 10, 2015 Leipzig, Germany:
Bayerischer Bahnhof Leipziger Gose. A lot of notes to write, so bear with me. Here’s a glass of Gose and pretzels at the Bayerischer Bahnhof Biergarten. Every town in the U.S. needs a place like this. It’s a beautifully restored old train station, but feels very contemporary and has good German, yet progressive food. Nice relaxing Biergarten, in downtown Leipzig. Lots of families, businessmen, students coming and going. And a playground for the kids. The Gose is pretty much as I remember, and really not too far off from what I’ve brewed in the past. I think I know what to improve next time, but it’s on the right track.