Beer Style: Maibock/Helles Bock (5A)
Recipe Type: all-grain
Yield: 5 gallons
Hello everyone! Several people over the last few weeks have requested a recipe for a Maibock. I searched the Cat's Meow and several other publications with no luck. I did find some clues, though, in one book...I think it was "Brewing Lager Beer" by Noonan. Anyway, I managed to come up with the following recipe. I brewed this past weekend, so I can't comment on how good it is (yet!), but feel free to give it a whirl and modify it as you may see fit.
Add 2.25 gallons of 54degC water to crushed grains, stabilize temp at 50degC. Add 1.25 gallons boiling water to bring temp to 68-70degC. Hold for 90 minutes. Sparge with 4 gallons of 77degC water.
Bring wort to a boil and add boiling hops. After 30 minutes, add flavor hops. 10 minutes before end of boil, add finishing hops. Chill, etc., pitch yeast.
My o.g. was a little low (1.050)...I am still trying to improve my extraction eficiency :). If I were to do this again, I would have definitely used more grain; my impression is that for a Maibock, you want to target an o.g of around 1.060 or so.