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Munich Dunkel

Munich Dunkel

This month (November 2022), Rob Gallagher gave us an overview of the Munich Dunkel style in preparation for a themed meeting in March 2023.

London Amateur Brewers

November 21, 2022
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  1. Munich Dunkel
    Rob Gallagher - November 2022

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  2. BJCP 2021 - 8A

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  3. History
    ● Literal meaning of dunkel is ‘dark’
    ● The ‘style’ predates Reinheitsgebot and modern brewing techniques
    ● Modern malt kilning and drying standardised and refined the style
    ● Until very recently, the most popular style in Bavaria

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  4. Overall Impression
    A traditional malty brown lager from Bavaria. Deeply toasted, bready malt
    flavors without any roasty or burnt flavors. Smooth and rich, with a restrained
    bitterness and a relatively dry finish that allows for drinking in quantity.

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  5. Specifications
    ● OG: 1.048 - 1.056 (12°-14°)
    ● FG: 1.010 - 1.016
    ● ABV: 4.5% - 5.6%
    ● IBU: 18 - 28
    ● SRM: 17 - 28

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  6. Ingredients
    Should be selected with restraint!
    Malt
    ● Traditionally made exclusively with Munich malt.
    ● Often, Pilsner and Vienna malts and small amounts of crystal
    ● Dark, black and roasted malts are to be avoided
    Hops
    ● Traditional (noble) selection - Tettnanger or Hallertauer
    ● Some hop character is needed, but should be low

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  7. Ingredients
    Yeast
    ● German lager yeast - malt focused and good attenuation
    Water
    ● Soft/RO water
    ● Additions of calcium chloride (CaCl
    2
    ) and gypsum (CaSO
    4
    )
    i.e. 4g CaCl
    2
    and 1.3g CaSO
    4
    in ~22 litres of mash water
    ● Keep sulphite levels low

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  8. Process
    Mash Schedule
    ● Decoction!
    Boil/Hop Schedule
    ● Traditionally long
    ● Simple hop schedule

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  9. Fermentation
    Lager fermentation
    ● Pitch low (~9°)
    ● Rise to 12°
    ● Optional rise to 18° at half attenuation

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  10. Lagering
    ● As long and low as you can
    ● >3 weeks

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  11. ● 7.8kg - Barke Munich (20EBC)
    ● 45g - Hallertau Mittelfrueh - 4.2% - 60mins
    ● 22g - Hallertau Mittelfrueh - 4.2% - 30mins
    ● WLP860 - Munich Helles
    Hegel’s Dialectical Drinking
    https://londonamateurbrewers.co.uk/wiki/index.php/Hegel%27s_Dialectical_Drinking

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  12. ● 4.1kg - Munich (22EBC)
    ● 225g - Victory
    ● 225g - Carafa II
    ● 14g - Nugget - 12% - 60 mins
    ● 14g - Tettnang - 5% - 5 mins
    ● Wyeast 2206 (Bavarian Lager)
    Beer and Brewing

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  13. ● 4.3kg German Pilsner (3 EBC)
    ● 450g German crystal (105 EBC)
    ● 225g caramel Vienne (51 EBC)
    ● 113g chocolat malt
    ● 28g - Hallertau Mittelfrueh - 5.1% - 60 mins
    ● 14g - Hallertau Mittelfrueh - 5.1% - 20 mins
    ● 7g - Saaz - 4.2% - 10 mins
    ● Wyeast 2206 (Bavarian Lager) (or various others)
    BYO

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