IMPERIAL RASPBERRY SCHWARZBIER

A Schwarzbier (pronounced “shvahrts-beer”) translates as Black Beer and is a traditional German lager style. Despite its dark colour it is low to medium bodied, with a clean lager taste and subtle bitterness.

I wanted to do a full grain beer using German malts to give this beer its dark colour as well as delicate chocolate and vanilla character, adding raspberries and brewing to a higher than normal abv for this style (7%) add warmth and a moreish soft fruit sweetness to the finish.

Here’s the recipe and process I followed:

OG: 1.067    Approx ABV: 7%   IBU’s: 42   Brewhouse Efficiency: 65%

INGREDIENTS (FOR 23L BATCH):

MALT:
6.00 kg (80.5%) – Pilsner
0.59 kg (7.9%) – Caramunich II
0.50 kg (6.7%) – Carapils
0.36 kg (4.9%) – Carafa Special III

HOPS:
19g (42 IBU) Herkules Pellets

ADDITIONS:
1.7kg Raspberries

YEAST:
Mangrove Jacks M84 (Bohemian Lager) or Fermentis s23 or Fermentis W3470.

DIRECTIONS:
Add 19.43L of water at 73.5C
Sacchrification rest at 66.7C for 60 min.
Mash Out at 75.6 for 10min

Sparge – Batch Sparge with 3 steps:
1. drain mash tun
2. 8.95L of 75.6C water
3. 8.95L of 75.6C water

Boil for 60 mins, hopping as directed below. Whirlpool and allow to settle for 15mins then
chill wort to 15c.

HOP ADDITIONS:
19g Herkules Pellets (60mins)

FERMENTATION & FINISHING:
Transfer to fermenter, aerate wort, pitch yeast and ferment at lager temperatures (10C). Once fermentation is complete heat raspberries to 80C, mash and add to second fermenter.
Transfer beer on top of raspberries and store at 20C for 1 week then bottle or keg.

Download Recipe as PDF – Imperial Raspberry Schwarzbier Recipe

2 Comments

  • Reply May 23, 2017

    Craig

    How did this turn out in the end? I can imagine this working really well but we all know the theory is sometimes better than the reality.

  • Reply May 26, 2017

    David Bawden

    Hi Craig,

    This turned out really well! The raspberry flavour was so intense and worked perfectly with the very subtle chocolate of the beer. It got good feedback at my homebrew club too. I re-brewed this last year and the raspberries were a little bit tart so it gave it almost a sourness. It was very different but still a good beer

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