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Gnodstadt and Spielbach
Posted by Carl on 2017-11-12 11:04:12
I'm surprised to hear you stating "inherent difficulties of brewing lager beer to German standards".
I have toured many breweries in Europe and Franconia over the years.  I have been a homebrewer for about 30 years (in USA).
In my experience, homebrewers tend to get more and more technically obsessed, to the point they think brewing beer should be a laboratory operation (tightly controlled).
First, in the UK, I was surprised how seat-of-the-pants the brewing process for ales was!
Later, I was astounded to see Lager production in many places in Franconia closely resembled the UK Real Ale process.  No overwhelming control of processes or sanitation.  (Both were adequate, but not obsessive.)  Cool ships, open fermenters, external flow chillers, etc., can hardly be considered super-sanitary conditions.
In the last few years, I have returned to these "relaxed" brewing processes, as much as I can with my homebrew system.
I have been producing the best ales and lagers I have ever made, and my friends also say my beers have gone up a notch.
I think the ingredients are more important than obsessive processes.
             Gnodstadt and Spielbach by barry on  2017-11-13 04:15:47
               Gnodstadt and Spielbach by Jason  on  2017-11-13 05:26:41
                 Gnodstadt and Spielbach by barry on  2017-11-13 07:49:08
                   Gnodstadt and Spielbach by Jason  on  2017-11-13 10:03:52
                     Gnodstadt and Spielbach by Nick B. on  2017-11-13 15:45:21
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