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Helles in a Hand Bock-sket

Brewed: 03/05/2017   Kegged: 03/19/2017

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.

Helles in a Hand Bock-sket --- Batch 2

Style Mailbock/Helles Bock Batch Size 5.50 gal
Type All Grain Boil Size   7.77 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency   75.00   Boil Time   90 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity 1.070 SG Estimated FG 1.015 SG
Recipe Bitterness 33.8 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 7.2 %
BU : GU   0.486        
Recipe Color 7.1 SRM
Measured OG:   1.069    Measured FG:    1.014
ADF:   79.7    Measured ABV:    7.3


Amt Name Type # %/IBU
3.00 g Chalk (Mash 60.0 mins) Water Agent 1 -
9 lbs Pilsner (2 Row) Ger (2.0 SRM) Grain 2 65.5 %
4 lbs 12.0 oz Munich Malt (9.0 SRM) Grain 3 34.5 %
0.750 oz Magnum [12.70 %] - Boil 50.0 min Hop 4 33.8 IBUs
1.00 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 15.0 mins) Other 5 -
0.25 tsp Irish Moss (Boil 10.0 mins) Fining 6 -
1.0 pkg German Lager (White Labs #WLP830) [35.49 ml] Yeast 7 -

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Mash In Add 17.19 qt of water at 163.7 F 152.0 F 60 min

Batch sparge with 2 steps (1.24gal, 3.88gal) of 168.0 F water

Recipe Notes
Adding 3g CaCO3 to get close to Munich water profile in Beer Smith.
Use harvested yeast from Khazad-dûm Black Lager.
A week before brewing, make a 3 liter starter. Let ferment out, cool, decant, and make another 3 liter starter with the resulting yeast.
Cool wort to below 55 degrees before pitching.
Ferment for 2 weeks as close to 55 as possible. After 2 weeks, let temperature rise into mid to upper 60s for a week.
Let condition at least 2 months.

Brewing Record

Brew Date: 3/5/2017  Strike Temp:   166
Mash Temps: 154 - 150 
Pre-boil OG   (1.056 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   (7.77 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp   44 
Day 1: Signs, but not really active yet 48
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Brewing Notes:
03/06/2017 esheppy
Brewed yesterday. Everything went great. 1.069 into the ferment or. Pitched at about 44.
03/07/2017 esheppy
Still not much movement. 52
03/08/2017 esheppy
Thick kraussen. Fermenting along. 58
03/16/2017 esheppy
Pretty much done. Kraussen gone. Starting to clear up. I may keg it this weekend.
03/21/2017 esheppy
Kegged Sunday. 1.014 FG puts this at 7.3% ABV. Sample was delicious. Leaving at room temperature for now. Really looking forward to drinking in May.
04/01/2017 esheppy
Had a little taste. Even warm this is tasting good. I will probably wait for Spring Forward to carb before I put this in the beer fridge to start chilling.
04/07/2017 esheppy
Gave the keg a shot of CO2 and put into the beer fridge. Chilling now for about 3 weeks.
04/21/2017 esheppy
Not May yet,but I poured a glass. Needs carbing, but tastes great.
04/23/2017 esheppy
04/23/2017 esheppy
Bready and balanced. Nice Munich malt flavor. Not as clear as I'd like, but that's ok. It is delicious.
05/02/2017 esheppy
Rich bready Munich malt flavor. Just enough hop bitterness to balance out the malt sweetness. Great beer to enjoy with a sunny, snow-melting Spring day.
05/21/2017 esheppy
#WillDrinkInMay the problem with this beer is that I treat it like a session beer. It isn't.
05/21/2017 esheppy
It is delicious for sure
06/03/2017 esheppy
Still drinking in June. Still delicious. Very clear now.
07/08/2017 esheppy
Now July and I have some left. Yummy. 😋
07/22/2017 esheppy
Almost done. Getting some yeast in the pour now. Still a yummy beer.
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