Recipe: German Alt

Alt refers to an old-school, top-fermented style of brewing ale rather than a relatively modern bottom-fermented lager. Altbier is especially associated with the city of Düsseldorf. Alts are a bit difficult to explain to the uninitiated – kind of like a hoppy Oktoberfest? A very malty pale ale? You’ll just have to try a glass of coppery-brown, rich, caramelly, and bitter ale to get the idea.

Source: Northern Brewer

Beer Specifications

Beer Name:German Alt
Beer Style:German AltBier
Recipe Type:All Grain
Pre-Boil Volume:6.5 gallons / 24.6 litres
Batch Size:5.5 gallons / 20.8 litres
Estimated SRM:10.4°
Estimated IBU:75
Estimated OG:1.052
Estimated FG:1.013
Estimated ABV:5.12%

Grain Bill/Fermentables

4German Munich
2German Dark Munich
3.5German Pilsner
Weyermann Caramunich II


60 minGerman Perle
130 minGerman Perle
115 minHersbrucker


1Safale K-97

Fermentation Schedule

14 daysPrimary
7-14 daysCold Secondary
14 daysBottle Conditioning


Mash Temperature:151°F / 66.1°C
Mash Time:60 min
Boil Duration:60 min

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