Sunday, June 24, 2012

Batch 121, Pilsner Urquell

A Pilsner Urquell clone. I got the recipe from Deb at Nampa Brewers Center.

10 gallon batch

OG: 1.049, 1.055 actual
FG: 1.013
SRM: 4
IBU: 42
ABV: 4.7%

16 lbs Pilsner 2-row
1 lb Vienna
1 lb Munich
1 lb Cara-Pils/Detrine

Single infusion mash at 154F. One day I'll do this will only Pilsner malt and a full on triple decoction mash. Today I went with single infusion.

2.6 oz Cluster, 60 minutes
1.86 oz Saaz, 15 minutes
1.5 oz Saaz, flameout

90 minute boil. When I do that triple decoction, I'll use all Saaz.

Pre-boil volume: 12.75
Pre-boil gravity: 1.048
Post-boil volume: 9.0
Post-boil gravity: 1.055
Volume into fermenter: 8.5

2 packets Wyeast 2001, Urquell lager yeast.

Pitched at 50F, hold at 50F for 12 days.
Raise to 65F for 24 hours.
Lager at 34F for 40 days.

Update: This came out slightly sweeter and less spicy than I was hoping for. I entered it in a club comp for 2C, Classic American Pilsner, and got a score of 35. This turns out to be quite popular among the non-beer geek crowd, definitely worth making again.

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