Posted July 12, 2013 by Crafted Pours in Blog Posts

Time To Start Planning Your Oktoberfest HomeBrews

oktobefest homebrew
oktobefest homebrew

If you start thirsting for a smooth, crisp Oktoberfest at the first signs of Fall in early September, then you’ll want to plan your brew day soon. Brewing your Oktoberfest in mid-July will allow you to lager (cold-condition) the beer for 5-6 weeks, and tap it in early September. If you have extra cold aging room, it’s always fun to brew 2 different Oktoberfest beers and compare them side by side.

We have several great Oktoberfest recipes, based on popular clone beers:

Oktoberfest HomeBrew (5.9%, 22 IBUs)

All grain recipe based on Copper Legend from Jack’s Abby. Brewed with German Pilsner Malt, Munich & Vienna Malts, and German hops. Fermented with German lager yeast. Crisp and clean with flavors of toasted malts and spicy hops.


Big Malty Oktoberfest (7.6%, 26 IBUs)

All grain recipe based on Rahr & Sons Brewing’s Oktoberfest. Clean flavors of sweet and toasted malts with moderately low hop bitterness. Brewed with German Magnum hops.


Firestone Walker Oaktoberfest Clone (5%, 24 IBUs)

All grain recipe using Pilsner, Vienna, Munich, and specialty malts. Brewed with German Hallertau hops and fermented with a German lager yeast. Orange-amber colored with a creamy head and smooth toasted malt flavors.


Karbach Karbachtoberfest Clone (5.5%, 25 IBUs)

Brewed with all Vienna and Munich malts, with a touch of Melanoidin. Hopped with German Hallertauer and Tettnang. Fermented with German lager yeast. Crisp, toasty, and smooth.


Georgetown Tomtoberfest Clone (6.4%, 36 IBUs)

Brewed with German malts and hops, with higher bitterness level than the other recipes.


Fat Head’s Oktoberfest Clone (5.7%, 25 IBUs)

Brewed with all German Pilsner, Munich, and CaraMunich malts. Crisp, smooth, and balanced.