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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

Helles in a Hand Bock-sket --- Batch 3

Style Mailbock/Helles Bock Batch Size 5.50 gal
Type All Grain Boil Size   6.57 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency   68.00   Boil Time   60 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity 1.069 SG Estimated FG 1.015 SG
Recipe Bitterness 33.1 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 7.2 %
BU : GU   0.481        
Recipe Color 6.6 SRM
Measured OG:   1.069   Measured FG:   1.012 
ADF:   82    Measured ABV:   7.6 


Amt Name Type # %/IBU Volume
7.67 gal Denver, Colorado Water 1 - -
4.00 g Chalk (Mash) Water Agent 2 - -
1.00 g Baking Soda (Mash) Water Agent 3 - -
12 lbs Pilsner (2 Row) Ger (2.0 SRM) Grain 4 80.0 % 0.94 gal
3 lbs Munich Malt (9.0 SRM) Grain 5 20.0 % 0.23 gal
1.000 oz Magnum [10.90 %] - Boil 40.0 min Hop 6 33.1 IBUs -
1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins) Fining 7 - -
1.00 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 15.0 mins) Other 8 - -
1.0 pkg German Lager (White Labs #WLP830) [35.49 ml] Yeast 9 - -
0.50 tsp Gelatin (Bottling 5.0 days) Fining 10 - -

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.
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   (1.061 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   (6.57 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp    
Day 1: 
Day ... 
Day ... 

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Brewing Notes:
03/24/2021 esheppy
Want to brew this again to Drink In May.
04/02/2021 esheppy
Bought ingredients today. Since it's Easter weekend, I probably won't brew, but I might.
04/10/2021 esheppy
Starter today. 2l with 2 cups dme. Brew day tomorrow. Have not decided if this will be an overnight mash yet.
04/11/2021 esheppy
Brew day. Up a little after 4am yeast pitched around 8:30 am. Had to add .5 lb dme to get preboil up to plan. OG 1.069 at 54 when I pitched. Will ferment around 50 this week.
04/12/2021 esheppy
Bubbling strong. Tilt says 1.065 at 56. Forgot to change the ice bottles before going to bed last night. Bumped up temp controller to 53.
04/13/2021 esheppy
Tilt says 1.050 at 55. Controller at 54. Bubbling still strong. A little bit higher temp schedule than my usual lagers, but follows the notes in my recipe. I almost forgot switching out ice bottles again last night, but I remembered before falling asleep.
04/16/2021 esheppy
Tilt says 1.018 at 55 degrees. Getting pretty close to that expect terminal gravity. Bubbling has slowed down, but is still going. Bumping up one degree.
04/18/2021 esheppy
Tilt says 1.012 at 58. Setting temp to 58. I'll unplug the pump by end of day.
04/19/2021 esheppy
Tilt says 1.012 at 60. Unplugged pump. Not much movement. Might keg this up when a keg opens up.
04/21/2021 esheppy
Tilt still at 1.012. Temp at 65. Took a little sample. Cloudy, but delicious.
04/25/2021 esheppy
Kegged. FG right at 1.012, making this a 7.6% ABV beer. Flavor is great. Probably could have clarified a bit more, but gelatin will take care of that.
04/25/2021 esheppy
Got an extra half gallon for Franken-beer.
04/26/2021 esheppy
Added gelatin.
05/06/2021 esheppy
Clarity starting to look pretty good. Nice gold color. Delicious beer.
05/07/2021 esheppy
Compared with Green Mountain's Maibock (which I really like). Mine is so much better.
05/21/2021 esheppy
Still May so still drinking. Really nice Munich flavor still. Go Avs.
05/27/2021 esheppy
Packed some up to bring to Texas to help celebrate a nephew's graduation. Then had a pint. Finally crystal clear. Almost gone, though.
06/01/2021 esheppy
Didn't end up serving this one to the group. Tasted good last night, though.
06/04/2021 esheppy
Almost gone. Nice and clear. Tastes perfect. Go Avs 🏒
06/14/2021 esheppy
Still tasting great. I'm a bit surprised the keg has not kicked tonight yet.
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