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2017-04-06 · Pilsen Drop


Beer Style:
Pilsner / Helles Bock
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Chill Method:
No-Chill Cube
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Starter created

I had wanted to create a simple extract-based lager recipe. My original intention was to brew a 4L batch, but eventually decided to go with a full 10L batch. I had created a starter from one package of White Labs WLP800 Pilsner Lager yeast at an unknown date, planning to brew the next day, but haven't actually gotten around to it, and the starter was left in my fridge for about a month. While I believed the yeast would hold a long time in the starter, I decided to "feed" them again some 5 days before finally brewing the batch. The yeast took up the new sugars very quick and the starter overflowed several times.

I consider this a Pilsner recipe, but the stats are more in the Helles Bock range. Not that it matters any.

When brewing, I steeped some crystal malts I had leftover from previous batches, in order to add some color and flavor to the brew. After the boil, I transferred the wort to my 3 gallon keg - which is used both as a no-chill cube and as a fermenter - and pitched the yeast the next day. I was leaving to the US that night, and didn't have enough time to allow the wort to cool down to proper pitching temperatures. I ended up having to pitch the yeast at almost 30 degrees Celsius, and I just hope the yeast didn't suffer from two much of a temperature shock. The beer fermented at 10 degrees Celsius for two weeks, after which I raised the temperature to 21 for a diacetyl rest.


Stage Ingredient Duration Quantity
Steep Caracrystal Wheat Malt 15mins 60g
Caramel 20L 15mins 60g
Boil CBW Pilsen Light LME 60mins 2.75kg
Lemon Drop (5.1%) 60mins (40mins)* 10g
Lemon Drop (5.1%) 40mins (20mins)* 10g
Lemon Drop (5.1%) 20mins (transfer)* 10g
Fermentation WLP800 Pilsner Lager 1ea

* Hop additions adjusted 20 minutes down to account for greater utilization due to using the no-chill method.


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