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Ello Poppet Czech Pilsner

Brewed: 08/04/2012   Bottled: 08/21/2012 ellopoppet.jpg

I really like the Pirates of the Caribbean movies ... especially the first one. When Pintel and Ragetti find Elizabeth in the closet, Ragetti looks through the crack of the door and says "Ello Poppet" (hello poppet). For some reason, once when I was watching the movie I thought that would be a cool name for a beer. Not sure why.

But, when I decided to make a Bohemian Pilsner, I was not really able to come up with a better name, so I am using it. If you have a problem with my choice of names, bring it up with the owner of the brewery.

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. I had a gift certificate for Mr. Beer, and I decided as part of my order I would buy all the different kinds of noble hops that they carry. To get that burst of flavor and aroma, I am just throwing them all in at the end of the boil.

The bittering hops were just used because I had partial bags of Columbus and Chinook.

The grain bill is mostly German pilsner malt and a bit of Cara-pils. I was going to throw in Caravienne because beersmith said I needed some color to get to be proper for a pilsner. I decided to leave it out, though.

Ello Poppet

Because I had some, I added Clarity-Ferm to the fermentation to clear the beer. As a result, this beer will be gluten-reduced.

The flavor really turned out wonderful. I am not sure the hops "pop" as much as they do in Noble Pils, but it is hoppy and wonderful. I also really love the malt flavor and body of the beer. My only complaint about this first batch is that it is significantly hazy. I don't think it is a protein haze since I used the clarity-ferm, so I am assuming it is a hop haze. I will have to research how to reduce this next beer. Of course, it is so delicious, maybe I should leave it as is.

For more information about this beer on my blog, see my Ello Poppet blog label.

Ello Poppet Czech Pilsner --- batch 1

Bohemian Pilsner
Batch Size
5.50 gal
All Grain
Boil Size
7.99 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency
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 %

Recipe Color
3.2 SRM

Measured OG:

Measured FG:

Measured ABV:


Amt Name Type # %/IBU
9 lbs 8.0 oz Pilsner (2 Row) Ger (2.0 SRM) Grain 1 95.0 %
8.0 oz Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM) Grain 2 5.0 %
0.50 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [14.00 %] - Boil 45.0 min Hop 3 23.8 IBUs
0.25 oz Chinook [14.00 %] - Boil 40.0 min Hop 4 10.1 IBUs
1.00 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 10.0 mins) Other 5 -
0.50 oz Hallertauer [4.80 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 6 1.5 IBUs
0.50 oz Perle [8.00 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 7 2.5 IBUs
0.50 oz Saaz [4.00 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 8 1.3 IBUs
0.50 oz Select Spalt [4.75 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 9 1.5 IBUs
0.50 oz Tettnang [4.50 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 10 1.4 IBUs
2.0 pkg SafLager West European Lager (DCL/Fermentis #S-23) [23.66 ml] Yeast 11 -
5.00 ml Clarity-Ferm (Primary 2.0 weeks) Fining 12 -

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Mash In Add 12.50 qt of water at 163.7 F 152.0 F 60 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:

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

Pitch Temp

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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