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Ello Poppet Czech Pilsner

Brewed: 02/28/2016   Bottled: 03/19/2016 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 2

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 43.9 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 5.0 %
BU : GU   0.868        
Recipe Color 3.2 SRM
Measured OG:   1.050    Measured FG:   1.011 
ADF:   78    Measured ABV:   5.1 


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 %
0.750 oz Magnum [12.70 %] - Boil 60.0 min Hop 4 36.1 IBUs
1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins) Fining 5 -
1.00 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 10.0 mins) Other 6 -
0.500 oz Hallertauer [3.80 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 7 1.2 IBUs
0.500 oz Perle [8.50 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 8 2.7 IBUs
0.500 oz Saaz [3.70 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 9 1.2 IBUs
0.500 oz Select Spalt [4.75 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 10 1.5 IBUs
0.500 oz Tettnang [3.90 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 11 1.2 IBUs
2.0 pkg SafLager West European Lager (DCL/Fermentis #S-23) [23.66 ml] Yeast 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, 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.
Ferment for 2 weeks at as close to 55 degrees as possible.
Carb in keg.

Brewing Record

Brew Date: 2/28/2016  Strike Temp:  
Mash Temps: 154 - 150 
Pre-boil OG   1.045 (1.041 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   7.75 (7.99 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp   44 
Day 1: Not going yet in the morning. 50.
Day 3: Going real well temp mid-50's  
Day 7: Took out of cooler 64  

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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.
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