Today we are brewing Mocktoberfest – our answer to the raft of fall beers coming out right now. Most Oktober beers are lagers and we are only set up for ales, hence we are making a mockery of traditional lagers. But we hope there will be nothing fake about the deliciousness!
We’re using our Mt. Hood hops that grew on our porch all summer. The general guideline for using whole hops instead of pellets is to increase whole hops by about 10%.
- 3.3 lbs pale malt extract + 3 lbs DME
- 16 oz German Munich malt grain (cracked)
- 8 oz. dark German crystal (cracked)
- 8 oz. light German crystal (cracked)
- 4 oz. flaked wheat malt (cracked)
- 2 oz 100% dextrin powder for added body
- German ale/kolsch yeast (WLP029)
What music mocks? The Beastie Boys’ “Fight for Your Right to Party” sure did. Now, I can’t diss this song too much because it was my gateway to their other music and the start of a lifetime of love for them, but man, this song sucks. It turns out it was a joke song. The Beastie Boys wrote the lyrics to make fun of dumb rock songs, Rick Rubin added the music, then they made a silly video (which mocked Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Animal House). All the fratboys this song and video parodied didn’t get that this was a joke on them, and frankly I didn’t either until I listened to Paul’s Boutique and realized the fantastic talent of the Beastie Boys. For more good background about this song, see here.
So, in the spirit of mockery, we’re going to fight for our right to drink Oktoberfest beers.