Wednesday, 7 April 2010

German month

The trees are starting to bud, the ground painted with the vibrant colours of spring bulbs, birds twitter in the trees. It must be spring. And what's the first country that spring brings to mind? That's right, San Marino. Just kidding. You know damn well it's Germany.

Yes, April is officially German Month here at Barclay Perkins. It was either that or shameless self-promotion month. I thought you'd prefer the former. (Not that I'll be holding back on the self-promotion. The kids need shoes and I'm certainly not breaking into my beer budget to pay for them.)

To give you a taste of the fun in store, here's a table of numbers.


German Top-fermenting beers
Year
Brewer
Beer
Style
Acidity
FG
OG
ABV
attenuation
1850
Unknown
Brandenburgisch Bier
Brandenburgisch Bier
0.34
1022.62
1036.47
1.77
37.15%
1850
Freundes
Braunbier
Braunbier
0.43
1036.56
1056.94
2.60
34.57%
1890
Löwenbrauerei
Doppelbraunbier
Braunbier
0.279
1015.45
1029.85
1.85
48.24%
1890
Löwenbrauerei Aktiengesellschaft, Hamburg
Braunbier
Braunbier
0.297
1015.45
1029.85
1.85
48.24%
1879
Remmer
Einfach Braunbier
Braunbier

1016.4
1038.5
2.85
57.40%
1850
Unknown, Berlin
Werder'sches Braunbier
Braunbier

1012.02
1030.42
2.37
59.74%
1850
Unknown, Berlin
Berliner Braunbier
Braunbier
0.51
1041.40
1058.10
2.12
27.63%
1879
Unknown, Bremen
Braunbier
Braunbier

1010
1059.1
6.42
83.08%
1879
Unknown, Bremen
Braunbier
Braunbier

1014
1057.3
5.63
75.57%
1879
Unknown, Bremen
Braunbier
Braunbier

1022
1049.9
3.59
55.91%
1879
Unknown, Bremen
Braunbier
Braunbier

1012
1049.5
4.87
75.76%
1879
Unknown, Bremen
Braunbier
Braunbier

1012.5
1044.5
4.15
71.91%
1879
Unknown, Bremen
Braunbier
Braunbier

1012
1061.1
6.41
80.36%
1850
Unknown, Halberstadt
Halberstädter Breyhan
Breyhan
1.29
1012.69
1034.67
2.84
62.59%
1884
Hannover, Städtisch
Einfacher Broyhan
Broyhan
0.158
1022.54
1031.43
1.03
27.67%
1884
Hannover, Städtisch
Doppelter Broyhan
Broyhan
0.06
1043.60
1053.37
1.20
17.55%
1850
Unknown
Carthäuser Bier
Carthäuser Bier
1.07
1010.57
1029.85
2.49
63.89%
1850
Unknown
Cöpenicker Moll
Cöpenicker Moll
1.19
1022.54
1033.68
1.43
32.35%
1850
Unknown, Cottbus
Cottbuser Bier
Cottbuser Bier
1.11
1009.20
1025.63
2.12
63.50%
1850
Unknown
Crossener Bier
Crossener Bier
0.85
1015.01
1037.05
2.84
58.58%
Sources:
“Archive der Pharmacie”, 1855, pages 216-217
"Handbuch der chemischen technologie" by Otto Dammer, Rudolf Kaiser, 1896, pages 696-697
"Chemie der menschlichen Nahrungs- und Genussmittel" by Joseph König, 1889, pages 806 - 851
Handwörterbuch der reinen und angewandten Chemie by Justus Liebig, Johann Christian Poggendorff, Friedrich Wöhler, 1858, page 1038
Wahl & Henius, pages 823-830

It's a fairly random selection of top-fermenting styles. You'll notice quite a few - Einfacher Broyhan is a good example - are barely fermented, let alone alcoholic. Of the beers listed, only the Braunbier from Bremen had any real sort of kick .

Much more random German fun will follow. Unless my theme slips my mind again. That's what happenned last month. I failed to remember it was Mild Month for more than 5 seconds. Remind me if I forget this month's theme. Please.

3 comments:

AEC said...

Seems to me we need a 1909 beer style guide for Germany. Just sayin'....

Seanywonton said...

I'd love to see some alt beer recipes/stats. No idea what the specific history of this style is, but I'd love to take a crack at brewing one soon.

Barm said...

30% attenuation? Bloody hell, BEER IS FOOD.