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Kronenbourg 1664

Postby terpsichoreankid » Wed Sep 04, 2013 5:56 pm

Howdy All,

I have a bit of a wild question for you all--especially as I am fairly new to international lagers and 1 personal batch in to actual lager production.

I've been researching Kronenbourg 1664 recipes and have come up fairly underwhelmed. It doesn't seem that many homebrewers in the US have been working on recipes similar to Kronenbourg 1664, and the actual French website doesn't give much insight to their procedures. (Had to touch up my French, but at the end of it they don't give anything away)

I've been dabbling with working on a lager similar to 1664 but have fallen short of a definitive recipe. If anyone has experience with light French lagers that feature a bit of honey, Pils, and Strisselspalt, I'd love to hear any insight. It was THE beer I had after getting engaged, and, despite some foul reviews due to skunking (it is a macro French lager in green bottles, so many folks that have had it had a foul bottle) I found it to be one of my favorite light lagers currently available. I would very much like to keep it always available in the kegerator if I can get the recipe figured out.

Any advice/help/etc. would be greatly appreciated!
Cheers!

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Postby kjball » Thu Sep 05, 2013 8:25 am

So, you got engaged? Congrats
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Postby terpsichoreankid » Thu Sep 05, 2013 10:11 am

kjball wrote:So, you got engaged? Congrats


That we did! Back in May!
Cheers!

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Kronenbourg 1664

Postby DrPaulsen » Fri Sep 06, 2013 6:53 am

I've had the beer in France and can confirm it's pretty decent when not skunky.  I would start with a simple grain bill of 100% french or belgian pils, mashed at 145 for something like 6 hrs (or just long enough to get a dry beer).  Add a small charge of strisselspalt bittering hops, then add the a small amount of honey either in the fermentor or after flame-out.  Build a moderate starter of a neutral euro lager (probably that strain used by Weihenstephan - I think it's Saflager W34/70...I forget the liquid equivalent) and ferment cool.  Carbonate to 2.5 - 3 volumes.


On Wed, Sep 4, 2013 at 6:56 PM, terpsichoreankid <brew-recipes@crbeernuts.org (brew-recipes@crbeernuts.org)> wrote:
Howdy All,

I have a bit of a wild question for you all--especially as I am fairly new to international lagers and 1 personal batch in to actual lager production.

I've been researching Kronenbourg 1664 recipes and have come up fairly underwhelmed. It doesn't seem that many homebrewers in the US have been working on recipes similar to Kronenbourg 1664, and the actual French website doesn't give much insight to their procedures. (Had to touch up my French, but at the end of it they don't give anything away)

I've been dabbling with working on a lager similar to 1664 but have fallen short of a definitive recipe. If anyone has experience with light French lagers that feature a bit of honey, Pils, and Strisselspalt, I'd love to hear any insight. It was THE beer I had after getting engaged, and, despite some foul reviews due to skunking (it is a macro French lager in green bottles, so many folks that have had it had a foul bottle) I found it to be one of my favorite light lagers currently available. I would very much like to keep it always available in the kegerator if I can get the recipe figured out.

Any advice/help/etc. would be greatly appreciated!



Cheers!

Joe

BIY Homebrew Supply
147 Marion Blvd #C
Marion, IA 52302

319-373-BEER

www.BIYHomebrewSupply.com

www.youtube.com/terpsichoreankid







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Postby Steven P » Sat Sep 07, 2013 8:12 am

I always do a 6 hour mash. Making a German pils today. 6 hour mash. Like a boss.
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Re: Kronenbourg 1664

Postby Steven P » Mon Mar 03, 2014 2:05 pm

I was going through my Continental Pilsner book and was thinking about a making a Dutch/Scandinavian style Lager.

In an effort to be helpful.

https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/ ... ic=12222.0

Per their site Kronenbourg 1664 is described thusly:

Medium intensity cereal-malt aroma with a dominant odour of flowery hops, citrus, spicy and flowery honey, peppers, Mirabelle plums, banana and grapefruit.

All I got was a skunky green bottle from Benz so I can't say whether any of those descriptors are anywhere near accurate. The best thing I could say about the bottle I had was that "it was beer".
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Re: Kronenbourg 1664

Postby tony b » Tue Mar 04, 2014 9:44 am

Have to second others that have had the "real thing;" one of my favorite Euro beers, along with Pilsner Urquell. But, gotta stay away from those damned green bottles!! What is with those people?? They create some of the best beers in the world and turn around and ruin them by letting them get skunked!! :x
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Re: Kronenbourg 1664

Postby JimPotts » Sun Mar 09, 2014 9:11 am

I had it on tap in London. Thought it was better than Bud (which was sadly also on tap).

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