At HomeBrew Con 2017, a small group of AABGers was walking around the exhibition hall on the last day, and we happened to stop by the Briess booth. Their grain giveaway for that year was their new Copper Malt and as they had many bags leftover that they didn’t want to transport back, they offered us a bag to bring home to share with the club.

We came up with the idea to do a brewola (everyone brews the same recipe). After polling the interested brewers we decided to brew a Biere de Garde, which gave us a little flexibility on yeast choice. Overall we determined that even a high percentage of the Copper Malt makes a good beer – something we weren’t sure about with a specialty grain.

We met and shared our Copper Malt Biere de Garde on April 13th, 2018.

Recipe Details

Batch Size Boil Time IBU SRM Est. OG Est. FG ABV
11 gal 60 min 23.8 IBUs 11.9 SRM 1.071 1.012 7.8 %
Actuals 1.068 1.017 6.7 %

Style Details

Name Cat. OG Range FG Range IBU SRM Carb ABV
Bière de Garde 24 C 1.06 - 1.08 1.008 - 1.016 18 - 28 6 - 19 2.4 - 3.2 6 - 8.5 %


Name Amount %
Pilsner (2 Row) Bel 19.18 lbs 66.28
Copper Malt 5.004 lbs 17.29
Munich 10L (Briess) 4.752 lbs 16.42


Name Amount Time Use Form Alpha %
Phoenix 1.74 oz 60 min First Wort Pellet 8.4


Name Lab Attenuation Temperature
German Ale/Kolsch (WLP029) White Labs 75% 65°F - 69°F


Step Temperature Time
Mash In 150°F 75 min