Jack’s Abby Brewing, based in Framingham, Massachusetts, is a lager-only brewery known for breaking away from traditional lager styles and brewing creative and innovative beers. It was named the best brewery in Massachusetts by Rate Beer in 2014 and has won many awards at various beer competitions throughout the country, including a gold medal at the World Beer Cup 2014 for its Framinghammer Baltic porter. Founder and Brewer Jack Hendler has scaled down a version of the recipe for homebrewers.
Batch size: 5 gallons
Brewhouse efficiency: 65%
13 lb (5.9 kg) 2-row barley malt
0.5 lb (227 g) CaraMunich malt
2 lb (907 g) Dark Munich malt
0.75 lb (340 g) roasted barley
0.75 lb (340 g) Chocolate malt
1 lb (454 g) oats
1.25 lb (567 g) brown sugar
0.5 oz (14 g) Magnum at 60 minutes
0.5 oz (14 g) Magnum at 30 minutes
0.5 oz ( 14 g) Magnum at 10 minutes
Single infusion mash at 154°F (68°C) for 60 minutes. Boil for 90 minutes (or longer if you need to hit gravity). Add the brown sugar in the last 10 minutes of the boil. Ferment at 54°F (12°C).
If you are fermenting with a lager yeast, reduce cooling to the beer to let it to warm up to 60°F (16°C) when the gravity reaches 1.040–1.045. This will allow for full attenuation.
German Lager yeast, or a clean neutral ale yeast such as a Kolsch yeast
BREWERY DESCRIPTION OF THE BEER
Big, bold, and black. This unusual lager style has many similarities to imperial stouts. A lengthy conditioning period creates a silky smooth, chocolaty mouthfeel enhanced by the use of oats and brown sugar. Noticeable sweetness gets balanced by roasted malt and hops bitterness. At 10 percent ABV, this beer is sure to keep you warm on a cold winter night.