It's a fascinating and informative article. But there's one big omission. Which I'll get back to in a later post.
Today's table is of what were described as "special" beers. Which is an odd way to describe Pils. Especially as when this zarticle was written it had been the largest selling style in Germany for some time. I suppose that Narziss, being based in Bavaria, saw things differently. Unlike the rest of Germany, Pils wasn't the dominant style. That role being taken by Helles.
Spezial is a style no-one in the English-speaking world seems to recognise, other than me. Augustiner Edelstoff is a good example. Most people incorrectly class it as a Helles. This seems to confirm what I had thought about the style: a bit darker and hoppier than Helles, in addition to being stronger. Note that it's almost as bitter as the Pils.
The table last time was what in German would be described as Helles Lagerbier. While the two beers in this table are Helles Export. Mostly distinguished from Lagerbier by its higher gravity.
The beer described as "Dark" looks like a Dunkles Export. I'm quite surprised by how high the gravity is. Most Dunkles nowadays is a good bit weaker.
I'm assuming that the malts described as "light" and "dark" are pale and dark Munich malts. Just a shame that the precise colour isn't mentioned, as in the last table. Bit of a surprise to see Spezial was brewed from 100% dark Munich malt.
I'm getting tempted to turn this information into recipes. Would anyone be interested?
|TABLE V. Special Beers|
|Original wort %||12||12.8||12.8||13.6||13.6||13.3|
|Brewing liquor Alcalinity °GH||-2||-2||2||5||10||12|
|Mashing-in temp °C||62||62||45||37||37||37|
|Malt 0 colour EBC||2.7||2.7||3.5||10||32||15|
|I = infusion mash|
|D2 = two mash decoction|
|Journal of the Institute of Brewing Vol. 90, 1984, page 355.|