Thursday 28 July 2022

1980 DDR hop extract and hop usage

More TGL 7764 fun. I told you that I'd drag out a stack load more posts from that wonderful document.

There is a very good reason for squeezing the dishcloth of this TGL 7764 totally dry. When this is published I'll be on a two-week trip to the USA with my kids.  As I can't post as easily when away, I always queue posts to cover the whole of the trip before I leave. Having a theme like this lets me bash out a whole load of posts quickly. I've been aiming for three every day.

I've also spotted a use for the material I'm accumulating. (I don't like writing a whole load of stuff on a topic without an ulterior motive.) It would fit very nicely into my book "DDR!". When I have time, I'll add it all in and publish a second edition. "When I have time" being quite a big caveat.

Right. Back to the actual topic. This table demonstrates a big change in DDR brewing practices since 1960. In the earlier edition of the standards, there's no mention of hop extract. In 1980, it could contribute up to 70% of the bitterness.

Remember me saying that the specs of Edel-Bräu Hell and ordinary Hell looked the same. Here's a difference: Edel-Bräu Hell had less hop extract and some top-class hops. Something similar is happening with the Pilsners, where the bottom-level Deutsches Pilsner has more hop extract and no posh hops.

Just realised that I have some labels for Vollbier Extra. Interesting. It cost 0.98 M for half a litre. While the stronger Vollbier Hell coast 0.72 M. Which might explain why Extra got better hops.

1980 DDR hop extract and hop usage
Type max % bitter substances from hop extract min % from A hops
Aubi 70
Dunkel (Einfachbier)
Extra 40 15
Hell 70
Edel-Bräu Hell 40 15
Dunkel (Vollbier) 70
Deutsches Pilsner 15
Diabetiker-Pils 40
Deutsches Pilsator
Deutsches Pilsner Spezial
Märzen 70
Weißer Bock or Bockbier Hell
Dunkler Bock or Bockbier Dunkel
Deutscher Porter
1980 TGL 7764, page 6.



BryanB said...

Even today some breweries offer both a Pilsner and a Premium Pilsner - how likely is it that the difference between the two is still something of this kind?

Professor Pie-Tin said...

Ron - I'm in Chicago for a week this month.Is there any pub or brewpub or brewery visit you'd recommend above all others for someone with a pathological aversion to hop bombs ?

Ron Pattinson said...

Professor Pie-Tin,

Dovetail does great Lagers. Their Helles is superb.

Goose Island does some good stuff, too. (Not just the beers I do with them.)

Steve D. said...

Greetings, kind Professor.
Hear now. I am Steve. I live in Chicago. R. Pattinson has given you a couple
of venue choices.
If you visit Dovetail, you will pass by Begyle Brwg. on your way back to
the "L" station (or the CTA route #80 Irving Park bus). There is one English pub, and two German pubs, west of there on Irving Park. [You are going to buy a 7-day Ventra Pass? It is only $20. That's less than what three pints will cost at any one pub.]
But the breweries I more keenly recommend are
1) Metropolitan Brwg. (3057 N Rockwell St) (Lagers and other Germanic styles)
2) Ravinia Brwg. (2601 W Diversey Ave) (Tacos and unpretentious beers)
3) Maplewood Brwy. (2717 N Maplewood Ave) (Vast selection of beer styles in a diminutive spot adjacent to a commuter train line.)
4) Owen & Engine (2700 N Western Ave) (A genuine English pub with cask beers. Go upstairs. But beware- it is closed on Wednesday and Thursday.)
None of these brewpubs or bars are prone to hop bomb beer.
Drop these addresses into a mapping program(me). Much less walking needed compared to BRAPA.