Saturday, 5 December 2020

Let's Brew - 1933 Oranjeboom Licht Gerste

In a change from watery British wartime Ale  recipes, this time it's a watery inter-war Dutch Lager. One from Rotterdam-based Oranjeboom.

When I lived in that scenic city in the mid-1980s, it was still brewing. But not for much longer, with brewing being transferred to a sister-plant in Breda.

Judging by the number of entries in the brewing book, Licht Gerste must have been one of Oranjeboom’s favourite beers, almost as popular than Pils. I’d love to know when they stopped brewing it. Probably around WW II.

Though it was originally a top-fermenting beer I’m sure that by this point it was being bottom fermented.

The small amount of caramel malt is just enough to colour it distinctively darker than Pils. It would have been towards the dark end of the Bitter spectrum in colour.

Other than that, it’s a very uncomplicated recipe. Producing what must have been a pretty light and inoffensive beer. I’ve adjusted the finishing gravity down from 1010. Though I doubt this particular beer was lagered.

1933 Oranjeboom Licht Gerste
lager malt 7.25 lb 93.55%
caramel malt 0.50 lb 6.45%
Hallertau 90 mins 0.50 oz
Spalt 30 mins 0.50 oz
OG 1034
FG 1008
ABV 3.44
Apparent attenuation 76.47%
IBU 13
Mash double decoction  
Boil time 90 minutes
pitching temp 48º F
Yeast WLP830 German Lager


This, and many other historic recipes, appears in my book Let's Brew!

Of which there's also a Kindle.



Daniel Boisvert said...

Hello! Just picked up your book. As I go through it, I cannot seem to find the water volume of the recipes. I would guess it is for a fermentation volume of 5 gallons (UK that is). Can you confirm? Thanks

Ron Pattinson said...

Daniel Boisvert ,

yes, 5 UK gallons.