Recipe: Martin Keen’s Oktoberfest/Märzen

The original Oktoberfest beer, Märzen was often brewed in March – hence the name – and would be lagered in cool caves for months until the fall celebrations.

Source: Martin Keen via Homebrew Academy

Beer Specifications

Beer Name:Oktoberfest/Märzen
Beer Style:Lager
Recipe Type:All Grain
Pre-Boil Volume:6.5 gallons / 24.61 litres
Batch Size:5.5 gallons / 20.82 litres
Estimated SRM:8-17°
Estimated IBU:18-24
Estimated OG:1.054 -1.060
Estimated FG:1.010 – 1.014
Estimated ABV:5.8 – 6.3%

Grain Bill/Fermentables

7Vienna Malt
3Munich Type I
8 ozAromatic Malt
8 ozCaramel 60
8 ozCarapils
8 ozWheat Malt


0.7560 minPerle
0.515 minHallertauer
0.55 minTettnang


1White Labs #WLP820 (Oktoberfest/Marzen Lager)

Fermentation Schedule

35 daysPrimary
14 daysBottle Conditioning


Mash Temperature:152°F / 66.7°C
Mash Time:60 min
Boil Duration:60 min

See how this recipe turned out here!

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