Yes, I know this beer is normally made in March and lagered until it is ready to be consumed in the Fall but I like to make it around the time it gets cool enough here to ferment ales in the basement leaving the fermentation vault in the garage available for the month it takes to finish a lager like this one. There are other beers to be made in the interim. Bitters, Alts, probably another Amber and an IPA. Maybe even a Rye IPA.
Anyway here it is.
I had made a starter from a fresh pack of Bavarian Lager yeast a couple of weeks ago. It started a little slow and I didn't get to brew anyway so I held it for a week and stepped it up a few days before I pitched it on Saturday. I didn't forget to crash it to about 53 degrees before I poured it into the wort, which I chilled accordingly.
The malts I'm using probably don't need the benefits of this step, but, you know, it's a bit of a lost art and I believe that making great beer is a creative act, so I did it anyway.
If this beer is competition worthy I'll enter it and, of course, post the result.
Until then. Good Beer To You.