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N.T.S. Faux Pilsner

Brewed: 08/22/2021   Kegged: 08/26/2021

Summer of 2021.

NTS.jpgI brewed my 2nd Shoddy Pale Ale. The plan was to use my Lithuanian Farmhouse yeast that I got from a local brewery.

However, somehow I killed off that yeast and it wouldn't take off. (see Shoddy Pale Ale Take II (Batch 294) )

I had been seeing on lots of forums and podcasts people claiming that you could use Kveik yeast fermented hot to make lager-like beers.

I didn't really believe it, and since I had the yeast, I decided to give it a try.

What does N.T.S. Stand for?
Noble. Tettnang. Saaz?
Nocturnal Tired Spider?
Napping Troll Saint?
Night Time Sleep?
Never Try Slime?
Not Too Special?
Nachos Take Slop?
Nefarious Taco Soup?
Naval Troublesome Snake?
Nepotism Tributes Socialism?
Nuclear Training System?
Napoleon Tried Sheep?
Northern Telescope Snow>
Not The Same?
Nothing To Say?  
Not To Scale?
Needless To Say?
Note To Self?
Number the stars?
Not Too Shabby?
Norad Tracks Santa?
Note the Sarcasm?

For more information about this beer, see Sheppy's Blog: NTS.

For more information about Kveik yeast, see Sheppy's Blog: Kveik

NTS Faux Pilsner --- Batch 1 (295)

Style Experimental Beer Batch Size 5.50 gal
Type All Grain Boil Size   6.60 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency   68.00   Boil Time   60 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity 1.046 SG Estimated FG 1.009 SG
Recipe Bitterness 26.0 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 4.8 %
BU : GU   0.567        
Recipe Color 3.6 SRM
Measured OG:   1.045    Measured FG:   1.009 
ADF:   79.4    Measured ABV:    4.7


Amt Name Type # %/IBU Volume
7.83 gal Denver, Colorado Water 1 - -
6.00 g Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) (Mash) Water Agent 2 - -
2.00 g Calcium Chloride (Mash) Water Agent 3 - -
1.50 tsp Lactic Acid (Mash) Water Agent 4 - -
9 lbs Pilsner (2 Row) Ger (2.0 SRM) Grain 5 90.0 % 0.70 gal
1 lbs Vienna Malt (3.5 SRM) Grain 6 10.0 % 0.08 gal
0.500 oz Magnum [10.90 %] - Boil 50.0 min Hop 7 21.0 IBUs -
1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins) Fining 8 - -
1.000 oz Saaz [3.50 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 9 2.4 IBUs -
1.000 oz Tettnang, U.S. [3.90 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 10 2.7 IBUs -
1.0 pkg Voss Kveik Ale Yeast (Lallemand #- ) [50.28 ml] Yeast 11 - -
0.50 tsp Gelatin (Bottling 1.0 days) Fining 12 - -

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Saccharification Add 31.33 qt of water at 155.8 F 150.0 F 45 min
Heat Heat to 156.0 F over 10 min 156.0 F 20 min

If steeping, remove grains, and prepare to boil wort

Recipe Notes
Nobel Tettnang and Saaz. Lager - like recipe fermented with Voss Kveik yeast.
If harvesting yeast from previous batch, make 6 cup starter a day or two before brew day.
Brewing salts in the mash water. This should bring Denver water profile (as defined by BeerSmith) to
Acid addition based on BeerSmith predicted pH. Should lower from 5.7 to 5.4.
Mash and boil as directed
"Chill" to around 85 degrees. Rack to fermentor and add Kveik yeast. Keep warm for 2 to 3 days.
Keg. Dry hop in keg. Add geletin after a day or two in the refridgerator.
Carbonate and drink.

Brewing Record

Brew Date:   Strike Temp:  
Mash Temps:  
Pre-boil OG   (1.042 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   (6.60 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp    
Day 1: 
Day ... 
Day ... 

Brewing Notes:
08/22/2021 esheppy
Brew day. Started at 5am. Did the water this morning rather than last night. Forgot the acid until about halfway through mash. 1.040 pre boil. 1.045 OG. Chilled to 86 at 9. In fermentor by 9:15. Cleaned up before 9:45.
08/23/2021 esheppy
Fermentation took off by late morning yesterday. Still going today. Temp strip says 84 this morning. I'm sure it will rise over the afternoon.
08/24/2021 esheppy
Put in tilt last night. It was already down to 1.010 at 89 degrees. This morning 1.008 at 84. Still lots of kraussen, but slowing down considerably.
08/25/2021 esheppy
Tilt says 1.005 at 83. Not much bubbling at all now. Still a thin layer of kraussen. Not sure when I'll keg this. Would like to see a little more clarity.
08/26/2021 esheppy
Tilt says 1.004 at 81 degrees. Fermentation seems done. Might have to keg soon.
08/26/2021 esheppy
Blew the keg of Hail Storm, so I could keg NTS. 1.009 FG is right on target. Not as clear as I would like going into the keg, but not bad. Really like the sample flavor. Not really lager-like, but would make a nice pale ale. Need to taste when it's cold and carbed.
08/29/2021 esheppy
Carbonation not quite ready, but close. I like the flavor. Maybe a bit more citrus on the finish than you'd expect from a pilsner, but honestly pretty close to how I like to brew some of my pilsner. Clarity no where close, but I have no added gelatin yet.
09/23/2021 esheppy
Been drinking quite a lot. Really happy with how it turned out. Never added the gelatin,and you can tell. But flavor is awesome. Nice light drinkable beer.
10/07/2021 esheppy
Killed the keg. Nice beer while it lasted.
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