Recipe of the Week: Rogerfest Cherry Wood Lager

Mesquite Smoked Malt may be the newest malt from Briess, but recently I was looking through the Briess Recipe Database and stumbled across this recipe by Charlie Papazian. Cherry Wood Smoked Malt was the first smoked malt Briess released, and it is nice not only in Scottish Ales, Smoked styles and Porters, but also adds complexity and depth to lighter flavored beers like Oktoberfest when used in smaller quantities.

That’s not what Charlie does in this recipe. When the malt was released, recommended usage rate was 60% or less. Charlie took that as a challenge and that’s when he created this recipe.   Click here for a printer-friendly version plus an accounting of how Rogerfest Cherry Wood Lager got its name.


Rogerfest Cherrywood Lager

  • Type: Lager
  • Style: Smoked
  • Batch Size: 5 gallons
  • Recipe Type: All Grain
  • Recipe Contributed By: Charlie Papazian, president, Brewers Association. Recipe featured in Sept/Oct 2009 issue of Zymurgy Magazine and will appear in Charlie’s new forthcoming book, Homebrewers Companion, 2nd Edition (2014).


  • 6.5 lbs Briess Cherry Wood Smoked Malt
  • 2.0 lbs Briess Bonlander® Munich Malt 10L
  • 12 oz Briess Aromatic Malt 20L
  • 4 oz Sour Malt
  • 12 oz Honey Malt
  • 8 oz Briess Caramel Munich Malt 60L
  • 0.75 oz Mt. Hood hops (5% AA) – 60 minutes
  • 1 oz German Hallertauer hops (4.3% AA) – 20 minute boil
  • 0.5 oz French Strisselspalt hop pellets – 1 minute steep
  • 0.5 oz Mt. Hood hop pellets – 1 minute boil
  • 0.25 oz Crystal hop pellets – dry hop
  • 0.25 oz French Strisselspalt hop pellets – dry hop
  • 0.25 tsp Powdered Irish Moss
  • Cry Havoc lager yeast
  • 0.75 cup corn sugar for priming bottles OR
  • 0.33 cup Corn Sugar for kegging


  1. A step infusion mash is employed to mash the grains. Add 11 quarts of 140ºF water to the crushed grain, stir, stabilize and hold the temperature at 132ºF for 30 minutes. Add 5.5 quarts of boiling water, bring temperature up to 155ºF and hold for about 30 minutes. Raise temperature to 167ºF, lauter and sparge with 3.5 gallons of water. Collect about 6 gallons of runoff. Add 60-minute hops and bring to a full and vigorous boil.
  2. The total boil time will be 60 minutes. When 20 minutes remain, add the 20-minute hops. When 10 minutes remain, add the Irish Moss. When 1 minute remains, add the 1-minute hops. After a total wort boil of 60 minutes, off the heat and place the pot (with cover on) in a running cold-water bath for 30 minutes. Continue to chill in the immersion or use other methods to chill your wort. Strain the wort into a sanitized fermenter. Bring the total volume to 5.5 gallons with additional cold water if necessary. Aerate the wort very well.
  3. Pitch the yeast when wort temperature is about 70ºF.


  • Primary Fermentation: 55ºF for one week
  • Secondary Fermentation: 35-45ºF for 3-6 weeks
  • Prime with sugar and bottle or keg when complete


  • Original Gravity: 1.056
  • Final Gravity: 1.018
  • Alcohol by Volume: 5.0%
  • IBU: About 24
  • Color: Approximately 25 SRM

About Dan Bies

Dan BiesPrior to joining Briess, Dan gained experience as a chemist and lab leader in several industries. At Briess, Dan is responsible for performing malt analysis, microbiological testing, brewing and R&D projects, including new product development and process improvement. Dan manages the pilot brewing and pilot plant operations and commercialization of new products in the extract plant. Recent projects include gluten free beer, malta, fermented malt beverage base and downstream beer color and flavor adjustment products. He regularly helps formulate recipes for home and craft brewers and has published articles, posters and given presentations in support of the craft brewing industry. Prior to joining the technical service staff, Dan was an analyst in the malting lab.

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