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Ello Poppet Czech Pilsner (previous recipes)

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The idea for this beer came after drinking Sam Adams Noble Pils. I really liked the fresh hop flavor and I decided I would love to make a very hop-forward Bohemian Pilsner of my own. 

Ello Poppet


Ello Poppet Czech Pilsner --- Batch 2

StyleBohemian PilsnerBatch Size5.50 gal
TypeAll GrainBoil Size 7.99 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency 75.00 Boil Time 90 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity1.051 SGEstimated FG1.012 SG
Recipe Bitterness43.9 IBUs (Rager)Alcohol by Volume5.0 %
BU : GU 0.868    
Recipe Color3.2 SRM
Color
  
Measured OG: 1.050  Measured FG: 1.011 
ADF: 78  Measured ABV: 5.1 

Ingredients 

Ingredients
AmtNameType#%/IBU
4.00 gGypsum (Calcium Sulfate) (Mash 60.0 mins)Water Agent1-
9 lbs 8.0 ozPilsner (2 Row) Ger (2.0 SRM)Grain295.0 %
8.0 ozCara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM)Grain35.0 %
0.750 ozMagnum [12.70 %] - Boil 60.0 minHop436.1 IBUs
1.00 ItemsWhirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins)Fining5-
1.00 tspYeast Nutrient (Boil 10.0 mins)Other6-
0.500 ozHallertauer [3.80 %] - Boil 5.0 minHop71.2 IBUs
0.500 ozPerle [8.50 %] - Boil 5.0 minHop82.7 IBUs
0.500 ozSaaz [3.70 %] - Boil 5.0 minHop91.2 IBUs
0.500 ozSelect Spalt [4.75 %] - Boil 5.0 minHop101.5 IBUs
0.500 ozTettnang [3.90 %] - Boil 5.0 minHop111.2 IBUs
2.0 pkgSafLager West European Lager (DCL/Fermentis #S-23) [23.66 ml]Yeast12-

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
NameDescriptionStep TemperatureStep Time
Mash InAdd 12.50 qt of water at 163.7 F152.0 F60 min


Batch sparge with 2 steps (2.07gal, 4.00gal) of 168.0 F water

Recipe Notes 
4g gypsum in the mash water. This should bring Denver water profile (as defined by BeerSmith) to
Ca=59,Mg=8,Na=21,SO4=116,Cl=23,HCO3=104
Hydrate yeast.
Brew with single infusion mash. Add finishing hops in hop sacks and leave them in for wort cooling.
Cool as close to 50 degrees as possible, using ice bath around fermentor if necessary.
Ferment for 2 weeks at as close to 55 degrees as possible.
Carb in keg.

Brewing Notes:
02/01/2016 esheppy
So ... the Beer Model mentioned this as a beer she might like for me to make for her next. The only thing that was a bit disappointing about the beer in the first batch was its clarity. I think that I should bring the carbon ions above 50ppm. That should help with clarity. If I use Gypsum, it should also accentuate the hops a little. Also want to make sure I add whirlflock and yeast nutrient to the recipe. I may cut down on the bitterness hop addition as well. Other than that, the recipe will remain the same. 
02/25/2016 esheppy
Bought ingredients today. 
02/29/2016 esheppy
Brewed yesterday on a "no electronics Sunday". Everything went well. Pitched a bit cold. Not going this morning. Temp at 50 now. Expect it will start up nicely while I'm at work. 
03/01/2016 esheppy
Fermentation is going well. Temp in mid-fifties. 
03/05/2016 esheppy
Took out of cooler. Yeast is starting to settle. 66 
03/19/2016 esheppy
Kegged today. 1.011 FG makes this around 5.1%abv. Very close to plan. Would have liked a little more hop flavor, but it will do. Might dry-hop this Pilsner in the keg, but I'll make that call after I carb it up. 
03/26/2016 esheppy
Checked last night. CO2 tank was empty, so carbing has not been taking place. Bummed out about that. Gave it a 20psi shot from other tank. I guess we'll have to wait on this beer to be done. Oh well. 
03/26/2016 esheppy
Not sure what caused the leak to empty the tank. Hopefully I can get that resolved. 
03/28/2016 esheppy
Had a few on Sunday. Carbonation wasn't 100% where it should be, but close. Clarity is still an issue. Hopefully time will take care of that. Flavor is awesome, though. 
04/01/2016 esheppy
Clarity improving. Hoppiness is awesome. Foaming a bit too much. Delicious for sure. 
04/17/2016 esheppy
Damn this is a good beer. Such a great noble hop flavor. 
05/15/2016 esheppy
Has cleared up considerably. Still deliciously hoppy. Do not really think this will last much longer. 
 
Ello Poppet Czech Pilsner --- batch 1

Style
Bohemian Pilsner
Batch Size
5.50 gal
Type
All Grain
Boil Size
7.99 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency
75.00
Boil Time
90 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity
1.051 SG
Estimated FG
1.012 SG
Recipe Bitterness
42.1 IBUs (Rager)
Alcohol by Volume
5.1 %
BU : GU
0.833



Recipe Color
3.2 SRM
Color


Measured OG:
1.048

Measured FG:
1.012
ADF:
75%

Measured ABV:
4.7%

Ingredients 

Ingredients
AmtNameType#%/IBU
9 lbs 8.0 ozPilsner (2 Row) Ger (2.0 SRM)Grain195.0 %
8.0 ozCara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM)Grain25.0 %
0.50 ozColumbus (Tomahawk) [14.00 %] - Boil 45.0 minHop323.8 IBUs
0.25 ozChinook [14.00 %] - Boil 40.0 minHop410.1 IBUs
1.00 tspYeast Nutrient (Boil 10.0 mins)Other5-
0.50 ozHallertauer [4.80 %] - Boil 5.0 minHop61.5 IBUs
0.50 ozPerle [8.00 %] - Boil 5.0 minHop72.5 IBUs
0.50 ozSaaz [4.00 %] - Boil 5.0 minHop81.3 IBUs
0.50 ozSelect Spalt [4.75 %] - Boil 5.0 minHop91.5 IBUs
0.50 ozTettnang [4.50 %] - Boil 5.0 minHop101.4 IBUs
2.0 pkgSafLager West European Lager (DCL/Fermentis #S-23) [23.66 ml]Yeast11-
5.00 mlClarity-Ferm (Primary 2.0 weeks)Fining12-

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
NameDescriptionStep TemperatureStep Time
Mash InAdd 12.50 qt of water at 163.7 F152.0 F60 min

Batch sparge with 2 steps (2.07gal, 3.99gal) of 168.0 F water Recipe Notes 
Hydrate yeast.
Brew with single infusion mash. Add finishing hops in hop sacks and leave them in for wort cooling.
Cool as close to 50 degrees as possible, using ice bath around fermentor if necessary.
Add Clarity-Ferm right before pitching the hydrated yeast.
Ferment for 2 weeks at as close to 55 degrees as possible.
Carb in keg.

Brewing Record

Brew Date:
8/4/2012

Strike Temp:
164
Mash Temps:
156 ... 154 
Pre-boil OG
1.039 (1.041 SG)
Pre-boil Vol
8.25 (7.99 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency
87%

Pitch Temp
55
Fermentation





Day 1: 50 signs by end of the day
Day 2: 55 bubbling slowly
Day 4: 55 still bubbling
Day 7: 62 kraussen dying

Brewing Notes:

08/07/2012 esheppy
There is a good amount of kraussen on the top of the beer, but the airlock activity seems really slow. This is the first lager I've done with an airlock, so maybe this is just how it always is. Temp is in the mid-50's. 


08/11/2012 esheppy
Was away for a few days. When I left, temp was at 55. When I got back, low 60s. Kraussen almost all gone. 


08/15/2012 esheppy
Took a sample. 1.012 FG puts this beer at about 4.7% ABV. Real pale color. Still a bit of haze. Love the taste, although I thought the hops were going to pop a bit more. 


08/21/2012 esheppy
Kegged. Also filled 11 12 oz bottles, 2 bombers, an a liter bottle. Loved the malt flavor. Think next time I make this I should dry-hop for some more hop aroma. The color is the palest that I have ever brewed. Keg is sitting warm at 30psi for now. 


08/30/2012 esheppy
Put the keg in one of my large coolers with frozen milk jugs of water to get it cooled down. Need to finish up Wetta Berry so that I can put this in the keggerator. 


09/04/2012 esheppy
Put labels on the bottles and placed one of them in the beer fridge. Will have to try it this weekend. 


09/08/2012 esheppy
Tried my first bottle. Great tasting. Really light in color, but hazy. Great head formation and retention with a thick white foam. Really high in carbonation. Wonderful beer. 


09/09/2012 esheppy
Took keg out of cooler and into the keggerator. Extremely foamy, although carbonation seems about right. We will see how it is after cooling some more. Wonderful pilsner flavor. Wish I knew what to do about the hop haze. 


09/13/2012 esheppy
Tried a couple samples from the keg last night. Absolutely fantastic flowery hop flavor and aroma. Very nice. Foam much more under control. 


09/14/2012 esheppy
Had a few while watching the stupid Bears lose to the stupid Packers. Really good beer, and nice and sessionable. Turns out the Beer Model really likes this too. Apparently it is not to hoppy for her. 


10/01/2012 esheppy
My friend "Billy" finished the keg off. Man, this was a good beer. We do still have bottles. 




 
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