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Helles in a Hand Bock-sket

Brewed: 04/11/2021   Kegged: 04/25/2021

bock-sket.JPGAward Winner!!! 2nd Place Best Of Show 2013 Arapahoe County Fair Battle of the Homebrews.

My very first lager was a beer that I called Brother Bear Dopplebock and brewed back in February of 2010. Of course, this was before I started all-grain brewing.

Much more recently, I declared that I was going to try to brew all-grain batches in  all the BJCP Categories that I have not brewed in (see SheppyBrew Styles). Category 5 Bock was one of those missing styles because I had not brewed an all-grain version.

Helles in a Hand Bock-sket is my Bock category recipe from the 5A. Maibock/Helles Bock subcategory.

The recipe is very simple, using only German Pilsner and Munich malts along with some Magnum hops for bittering. It uses harvested WLP830 German Lager yeast from Khazad-dûm Black Lager, and is the conclusion of my German lager trilogy.

The result will be a big, rich, clean, smooth light colored beer. I am planning on brewing this early March and should be trying it by June. I hope to put some of this away to age and try from time to time.

You can read more about this beer on my blog by checking out:


Not that anyone will buy any, but I created a bumper sticker in my Zazzle store for this beer. I shared this page on the SheppyBrew facebook page with a comment "Will drink in May". One of my facebook friends noted that "Will drink in May" sounded like a statement or like and event. It reminded her of "will work for food" only not "so sad or needy". She thought I should make a bumper sticker.

So I did. Feel free to visit my Zazzle Store and purchase one:

Or don't ... either way.


Entered this beer into the 2013 Arapahoe County Fair Battle of the Homebrews. It got 2nd place in the Best Of Show competition, which makes me very happy.

Batch 3 was made in April of 2021 in my Anvil Foundry. #WillDrinkInMay

Batch 4 in 2024. Reduced the target ABV just a touch.

Helles in a Hand Bock-sket --- Batch 4 (355)

Style Mailbock/Helles Bock Batch Size 5.50 gal
Type All Grain Boil Size   6.57 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency   65.00   Boil Time   60 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity 1.066 SG Estimated FG 1.015 SG
Recipe Bitterness 32.0 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 6.7 %
BU : GU   0.486        
Recipe Color 6.6 SRM
Measured OG:       Measured FG:    
ADF:       Measured ABV:    


Amt Name Type # %/IBU Volume
7.67 gal Denver, Colorado Water 1 - -
6.00 g Calcium Chloride (Mash) Water Agent 2 - -
2.00 g Epsom Salt (MgSO4) (Mash) Water Agent 3 - -
2.00 g Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) (Mash) Water Agent 4 - -
2.00 tsp Lactic Acid (Mash) Water Agent 5 - -
1.00 g Baking Soda (Mash) Water Agent 6 - -
12 lbs Pilsner (2 Row) Ger (2.0 SRM) Grain 7 80.0 % 0.94 gal
3 lbs Munich Malt (9.0 SRM) Grain 8 20.0 % 0.23 gal
1.000 oz Magnum [12.60 %] - Boil 35.0 min Hop 9 32.0 IBUs -
1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins) Fining 10 - -
1.00 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 15.0 mins) Other 11 - -
1.0 pkg Saflager Lager (DCL/Fermentis #W-34/70) [50.28 ml] Yeast 12 - -
0.50 tsp Gelatin (Bottling 5.0 days) Fining 13 - -

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Saccharification Add 30.69 qt of water at 160.5 F 152.0 F 45 min
Heat Heat to 158.0 F over 10 min 158.0 F 15 min
Mash Out Heat to 170.0 F over 7 min 170.0 F 10 min

If steeping, remove grains, and prepare to boil wort

Recipe Notes
Use floor malted German Pilsner malt.
Adding water salts to get close to Munich water profile in Beer Smith.
Acid addition to bring mash pH to about 5.3
Use harvested yeast from lower ABV lager.
A day or two before brewing, make a 6 cup starter.
Cool wort to below 55 degrees before pitching.
Ferment for 1 week as close to 55 as possible. After 1 week, let temperature rise into mid to 60s for a week.
Keg. Adding geletin into .5 cups of water once chilled.
Let condition until may.

Brewing Record

Brew Date:   Strike Temp:  
Mash Temps:  
Pre-boil OG   (1.058 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   (6.57 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp    
Day 1: 
Day ... 
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Brewing Notes:
04/11/2024 esheppy
Updating the recipe a bit. Need to get this brewed in late April or early May.
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