German black lager is delicious! I have brewed this beer three times so far with an average score of a 42 and will have another batch underway this weekend.
The Schwarz Awakens
O.G. 1.054 F.G. 1.012
SRM 26.6 IBU 32 (Tinseth)
Batch Size 6g (5.5g to fermenter)
59% German Pilsner
30% Munich I
6% Black Prinz
5% Crystal 40
60m .55oz Magnum 12.3% aa
15m .75 Hallertauer 4.9% aa
0m .75oz Hallertauer 4.9% aa
WLP 940 Mexican Lager 2.5L Starter (I have done this recipe with a large starter of WLP029 fermented at 62° and it worked very well)
1:30 minutes O2 Pitch at 46° Set to 48° for 5-7 days. Let rise to 62° for 1 week cool back dow to 32° dropping 5°-8° every 12 hours or so.
This beer truly is stellar in my opinion. It has won 2 golds and a silver I have also split a batch and put toasted unsweetened coconut and some cacao nibs in it for a week. That version scored a 40. It has a wonderful malt character with enough hops to create good balance that accentuates the easy drinking lager characteristics you want in this style.
In a few weeks I am going to tweak this recipe to try a Czech Dark Lager.