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Ello Poppet Czech Pilsner

Brewed: 02/19/2017   Kegged: 03/05/2017 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 3

Style Bohemian Pilsner Batch Size 5.50 gal
Type All Grain Boil Size   8.00 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency   75.00   Boil Time   90 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity 1.051 SG Estimated FG 1.012 SG
Recipe Bitterness 40.8 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 5.0 %
BU : GU   0.807        
Recipe Color 3.2 SRM
Measured OG:   1.046    Measured FG:   1.012 
ADF:   74    Measured ABV:   4.5 


Amt Name Type # %/IBU
4.00 g Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) (Mash 60.0 mins) Water Agent 1 -
9 lbs 8.0 oz Pilsner (2 Row) Ger (2.0 SRM) Grain 2 95.0 %
8.0 oz Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM) Grain 3 5.0 %
0.500 oz Magnum [12.70 %] - Boil 60.0 min Hop 4 24.1 IBUs
0.500 oz Perle [8.50 %] - Boil 35.0 min Hop 5 10.1 IBUs
1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins) Fining 6 -
1.00 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 10.0 mins) Other 7 -
0.500 oz Hallertauer [2.70 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 8 0.9 IBUs
0.500 oz Perle [8.50 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 9 2.7 IBUs
0.500 oz Saaz [2.20 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 10 0.7 IBUs
0.500 oz Select Spalt [3.70 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 11 1.2 IBUs
0.500 oz Tettnang [3.90 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 12 1.2 IBUs
1.0 pkg SafLager West European Lager (DCL/Fermentis #S-23) [23.66 ml] Yeast 13 -
5.00 ml Clarity-Ferm (Primary 2.0 weeks) Fining 14 -

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, 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
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:  
Pre-boil OG   (1.041 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   (8.00 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp   44 
Day 1: 
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Brewing Notes:
02/20/2017 esheppy
Brewed yesterday. OG pretty low at 1.046. That's ok. Lower abv is fine on this beer.
03/09/2017 esheppy
1st and 2nd pour. 1st was really full of yeast, which surprised me. 2nd was better. Delicious. Nice hop character. Good carbonation. Could use some settling time for clarity. Not going to let that stop me from drinking it this weekend.
04/06/2017 esheppy
Both the wife and I have been enjoying this beer for a few weeks now. Great noble hop flavor.
04/20/2017 esheppy
The keg blew tonight. Didn't realize it was so close to empty. Weird that I didn't get many comments in for this batch. Great beer. Too bad it's gone.
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