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Sasquatch Hunter German Altbier

Brewed: 05/04/2013   Bottled: 05/22/2013

sasquatch.jpg1st Place Winner !!!!

Truth be told ... the SheppyBrew Brew Master is fascinated by Bigfoot. He has been since he attended grade school in the Pacific Northwest. He has never really believed in Sasquatch, but has always hoped that someday someone would prove him wrong. As I shared on my blog, I think being a Sasquatch hunter (to hunt as in "to find" ... not as in "to shoot") would be a great job. See Sasquatch Hunting. I think I would like to party with Sasquatch.

I think the perfect beer to drink while hunting Sasquatch would be a German Altbier. Why? Well, when I think of Sasquatch, I think of forested wilderness areas far away from big cities. I think of old-fashioned rustic living in log cabins deep in the wood. Altbier makes me think of old-time German woodcutters living deep in the forest. I bet Hansel and Gretel's father drank lots of altbier. It might not make sense to you, but my strange and wonderful mind draws a parallel between Bigfoot and German Alts.

If you don't like the parallel, you can name your German Altbier something else. SheppyBrew is naming theirs "Sasquatch Hunter".


Sasquatch Hunter has a clean, full, rich German malt character. It has a firm, but not overpowering hop bitterness and contains significant floral, slightly spicy hop flavor and aroma. It is fairly dry and not very high in alcohol. It is a beer you can drink and drink camping in the forest looking for Sasquatch.

I would have liked to brew this on 12/21, the end of the Mayan Calender. Since 12/21 was a work day for me, I decided to push it off to my next brew-day which ended up being New Year's day 2013.

This ended up being the first beer of my 2013 goal to brew up at least one all-grain batch in all 23 categories of the BJCP (see for more information on that).

For more information about this beer, check out my blog posts about it:

I entered this beer in the AHA's 2013 National Homebrew Competition. When the Denver Region results were posted, I was shocked to discover that I had won 1st place in Category 7 : Amber Hybrid Beer! The first place finish allowed this beer to advance to the national round.

Unfortunately, I did not have any of this beer left, so I had to re-brew it for nationals.

It scored well in the nationals final round, but did not medal.

Sasquatch Hunter Altbier --- Batch 1 & 2

German Altbier
Batch Size
5.50 gal
All Grain
Boil Size
7.76 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency
Boil Time
90 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity
1.050 SG
Estimated FG
1.011 SG
Recipe Bitterness
47.7 IBUs (Rager)
Alcohol by Volume
5.1 %

Recipe Color
14.6 SRM

Measured OG:

Measured FG:

Measured ABV:


Amt Name Type # %/IBU
7 lbs 8.0 oz Pilsner (2 Row) Ger (2.0 SRM) Grain 1 69.9 %
1 lbs 13.6 oz Munich Malt (9.0 SRM) Grain 2 17.2 %
12.0 oz Aromatic Malt (26.0 SRM) Grain 3 7.0 %
6.0 oz Caramunich Malt (56.0 SRM) Grain 4 3.5 %
4.0 oz Carafa II (412.0 SRM) Grain 5 2.3 %
0.750 oz Magnum [15.20 %] - Boil 60.0 min Hop 6 44.6 IBUs
0.50 tsp Irish Moss (Boil 10.0 mins) Fining 7 -
1.00 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 10.0 mins) Other 8 -
1.000 oz Tettnang [4.80 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 9 3.1 IBUs
1.0 pkg German Ale (Wyeast Labs #1007) [124.21 ml] Yeast 10 -
5.00 ml Clarity-Ferm (Primary 2.0 weeks) Fining 11 -

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Mash In Add 13.41 qt of water at 163.7 F 152.0 F 60 min

Batch sparge with 2 steps (1.81gal, 3.88gal) of 168.0 F water Recipe Notes

Make 1.75 liter starter a few days before brew day.
Ferment as close to 60F as possible for the first 3 or 4 days. Let warm up to whatever it wants after that.

Brewing Record

Brew Date:

Strike Temp:

Mash Temps:
160 cooled to 152. Got as low as 148 ish.
Pre-boil OG
1.045 (1.041 SG)
Pre-boil Vol
7.75 (7.76 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency

Pitch Temp

Day 1: 62 early start
Day 2 - 5: 62 - 64 blowoff tube
Day 6: 66 air lock back in slowing down

Brewing Notes:
12/21/2012 esheppy
Looks like I won't be brewing today. This might be a good recipe for New Year's Day.
12/28/2012 esheppy
Bought ingredients. Got everything in the recipe exactly as specified.
01/01/2013 esheppy
Brew day went great. See Sasquatch Hunter Brew Day.
01/02/2013 esheppy
Visual fermentation had started by the end of the day. At the end of day one things are chugging along. Temp was up to 64. Added new ice jugs and the temp is at 62.
01/04/2013 esheppy
Still at 62. Still bubbling away. Had to add a blowoff tube last night. I think I can already take that out, but we will see.
01/07/2013 esheppy
Up to 66. Put air lock back in.
01/10/2013 esheppy
Took a gravity reading. It is at about 1.014, which is certainly not as low as I would expect. I'll let it stay in the fermentor a bit longer. Beautiful brownish amber beer. Lots of rich munich malt character, and the spicy flowery hops come through nicely in the flavor and aroma. It is not as bitter as I would expect with the BU:GU ratio in the 90's. Really tastes wonderful, though.
01/16/2013 esheppy
Took another sample. It is at 1.012, which is not that much lower than before, but it seems to me that it tastes much less sweet and the hop bitterness is coming through better. Still nice and malty, and it is an extremely clear beer. Very nice. I think I will keg this weekend.
01/19/2013 esheppy
Kegged today. I also bottled 6 12oz bottles; 1 bomber; and 1 liter PET bottle, using MrB priming. Brought keg up to 30 psi, and then took it off CO2. Will put this on tap when a spot opens up in the keggerator.
02/06/2013 esheppy
Had the keg chilling outside for the past two nights. Today I put the keg in the keggerator at 14ish PSI. Should have some this weekend.
02/12/2013 esheppy
Had a couple the keg tonight (fat Tuesday). Nice rich bready Munich malt flavor. Nice background bitterness provdes some balance. Love this beer.
02/13/2013 esheppy
Got a score sheet back for this beer. Didn't win or place, but I did ok. My score was in the "Very Good" range. Some of the comments make me think this beer would perform better entered as a Northern German alt. Perhaps I need a good commercial example or two.
03/09/2013 esheppy
Keg died tonight. Sort of surprised me. I didn't think I had been drinking a lot of this. Apparently I was wrong.
04/13/2013 esheppy
Had a liter bottle last night that was real carbed. Tasted good. It is a shame that this batch is almost gone.
05/02/2013 esheppy
Gold medal winner in the 1st round of the NCH!!! Also got a mini best of show. Awesome baby!!! see here. So excited. Need to brew for the 2nd round!
05/04/2013 esheppy
Big brew day today. Need to re-brew this for Nationals.
05/04/2013 esheppy
The beer model and I brewed this today. All the numbers were exactly what they were before except that I think I had more issues getting to the 152 mash temp this time. OG 1.052. Even had to dilute with 1/2 gallon of water like last time. Pitched right at 60. This time, I took some of the left-over wort and put it in a Mr. Beer fermentor with some of the harvested WLP830 I had from my series of lagers.
05/05/2013 esheppy
Hmmm ... the colder start temperature seems to be slowing fermentation down. It did not start up until sometime during the not and is not really going strong yet. Should be ok. In fact, this might mean a smoother, more lager-like profile. Or at least that is my hope. Still at 60.
05/06/2013 esheppy
Very vigorous fermentation. Temp at 62 this morning. Not sure if it will need a blow-off tube or not.
05/07/2013 esheppy
64ish. Still vigorous. Still not sure if I'll need a blow-off tube or not.
05/08/2013 esheppy
Still going. Might be slowing down a bit and have not needed the blow-off tube yet. Temp back down to 62ish.
05/11/2013 esheppy
Racked into secondary with about 1oz table sugar to help purge oxygen. This was not something I did batch 1, but I needed the fermentor for Laser Salt.
05/14/2013 esheppy
Looks pretty good. 70F.
05/22/2013 esheppy
Kegged this up and bottled into 6 12oz bottles, 2 bombers, and one PET liter. The sample was very clear ... maybe even more so than batch 1. I got 1.013 for the FG. Sample tastes great. Maybe a bit more hoppy than I remember batch 1, but that Munich malt still takes center stage. We will see what the national judges think.
06/13/2013 esheppy
Tasted a bottle. Tastes exactly how I wanted it to taste. This might be a winner.
06/17/2013 esheppy
UPS got my shipment to Phlly on time. We will see how it does.
06/27/2013 esheppy
Judging was today. Winners announced Saturday. Keeping fingers crossed. Beer sure tastes good to me.
07/15/2013 esheppy
Filled up 6 bottles yesterday with my beer gun and sent them into the Arapahoe County fair today. We'll see how it does. (BTW ... I did not get a medal in Nationals of NHC)
01/12/2014 esheppy
One left. Certainly was better fresh, but still pretty good.
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