Start Summer with a GERMAN PILS | LAGERING with the ANVIL BUCKET FERMENTER | PILSNER SERIES Kickoff
Nothing beats the summer heat quite like a crisp, hoppy, and supremely drinkable German Pils! This beer is not actually that difficult to make, even with the conventional lager method, and mine turned out pretty good, loaded with noble hop character. I’m also kicking off a channel series on the Pilsner style, starting with this beer and eventually brewing my way through Czech, Pre-prohibition, Italian, and New Zealand Pilsners over the course of the summer.
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Recipe for 5 gallons, your efficiency may vary:
5.4% ABV 45 IBU
10 lb Weyermann German Pilsner Malt (94.1%)
0.5 lb Carapils (4.7%)
2 oz Weyermann Acidulated Malt (1.1%)
-Beta Amylase Rest at 145 F (63 C) for 45 min
-Alpha Amylase Rest at 158 F (70 C) for 30 min
-Mashout at 170 F (76 C) for 15 min
Water (ppm): Ca: 39, Mg: 6, Na: 26, SO4: 99, Cl: 56, HCO3: 0
Add 4g Gypsum, 2g Epsom, 2g NaCl and 1g CaCl to 8 gal (30 L) of distilled water.
Adjust mash pH to 5.2-5.5 with lactic acid if needed.
60 minute boil
60 min – Add 1.5 oz (42g) Perle (7.1% AA)
15 min – Add 0.5 oz (14g) each Hallertauer Mittelfrueh (3.2% AA) and Tettnanger (3.8%)
0 min – Add 0.5 oz each Hallertauer Mittelfrueh and Tettnanger
Yeast: Saflager W-34/70 Dry Lager Yeast (2 packets)
Ferment at 50 F (10 C) for 7 days, then bring up to room temperature for the diacetyl rest and hold for 4-7 days. Package and cold condition close to freezing for 3+ weeks until clear and crisp.
0:00 Intro and Welcome
1:25 Pilsner Series Intro
4:11 Style Description and Approach
11:51 Boil and Yeast Pitch
13:37 Fermentation Plan
17:11 Fermentation Follow-Up
19:26 Pour and Tasting Notes
29:43 Potential Improvements
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