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Hops for Pilsner
« on: April 10, 2012, 03:37:21 PM »
Ok......Just need some advice and please dont beat me up on this post.  :-\
What hops would you recommend for an all grain pilsner? 

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Re: Hops for Pilsner
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2012, 03:43:19 PM »
Saaz is the obvious choice for Bohemian Pils.

I also like Tettnang, but that would be more German pils.
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Re: Hops for Pilsner
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2012, 03:52:44 PM »
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Re: Hops for Pilsner
« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2012, 04:28:13 PM »
+1 to the Saaz and Tettnang suggestions. Mt Hood, Liberty and Ultra will work nicely as well if you want to branch out.
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Re: Hops for Pilsner
« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2012, 04:36:55 PM »
I like Sterling and Perle for flavor and bittering, but I usually use Hallertauer Hersbrucker or Mittelfruh late, for aroma in a German Pils.
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Re: Hops for Pilsner
« Reply #5 on: April 10, 2012, 05:42:13 PM »
Love the classic Saaz. I've got ten gallons lagering that was done with all Mt. Hood.  The sample I tried last weekend when I kegged had a bit more bite than I expected. Hopefully it mellows nicely in the keg while it carbonates.
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Re: Hops for Pilsner
« Reply #6 on: April 10, 2012, 05:50:40 PM »
I like the German style with Tett and Hallertau.  A little Saaz in there can be good, too, like Prima Pils.
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Re: Hops for Pilsner
« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2012, 06:04:54 PM »
Use what you will for bittering (Magnum, Tradition, Vanguard). I like Tettnanger for flavor. Hallertau Mittelfrueh for aroma, and a good amount of it.

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Re: Hops for Pilsner
« Reply #8 on: April 10, 2012, 06:44:44 PM »
Lately, I've been using New Zealand Organic Hallertau Hop Pellets for Pilseners.  It's rather tasty in Pilsners.
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Re: Hops for Pilsner
« Reply #9 on: April 11, 2012, 07:00:25 AM »
Just curious (and a little rebellious)--has anyone made a good pilsner using "C" hops? 
Or does it come across more like a blonde ale if "C" hops are used?

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Re: Hops for Pilsner
« Reply #10 on: April 11, 2012, 07:04:53 AM »
Just curious (and a little rebellious)--has anyone made a good pilsner using "C" hops? 
Or does it come across more like a blonde ale if "C" hops are used?

It might be more of an American Pale Lager, unless the C hop was Crystal.
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Re: Hops for Pilsner
« Reply #11 on: April 11, 2012, 07:16:21 AM »
Use what you will for bittering (Magnum, Tradition, Vanguard). I like Tettnanger for flavor. Hallertau Mittelfrueh for aroma, and a good amount of it.

Czech Pils = All Saaz.

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Re: Hops for Pilsner
« Reply #12 on: April 11, 2012, 08:32:05 AM »
Just curious (and a little rebellious)--has anyone made a good pilsner using "C" hops? 
Or does it come across more like a blonde ale if "C" hops are used?

I don't think the taste would be recognizable as a pilsner, but I like where you're headed. To me, aside from the distinct pilsner malt flavor, pilsners are all about that spicy/herbal/floral noble hops. Plus, to my tastes, I think the "C" hops really don't come across right (at least for bittering) without some hardness in the water, where your typical BoPils likes really soft water.

Of course, you could split the difference and brew a noble-hopped Pils, then dry hop with some Cascade or Centennial. If you do experiment with this, let us know how it turns out. I've been thinking of brewing a lawnmower beer with a nice hop kick myself and I'm not sure how I want to hop it yet. Been waffling between Saaz and Chinook.
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Re: Hops for Pilsner
« Reply #13 on: April 11, 2012, 11:18:49 AM »
Just curious (and a little rebellious)--has anyone made a good pilsner using "C" hops? 
Or does it come across more like a blonde ale if "C" hops are used?

I don't think the taste would be recognizable as a pilsner, but I like where you're headed. To me, aside from the distinct pilsner malt flavor, pilsners are all about that spicy/herbal/floral noble hops. Plus, to my tastes, I think the "C" hops really don't come across right (at least for bittering) without some hardness in the water, where your typical BoPils likes really soft water.

Of course, you could split the difference and brew a noble-hopped Pils, then dry hop with some Cascade or Centennial. If you do experiment with this, let us know how it turns out. I've been thinking of brewing a lawnmower beer with a nice hop kick myself and I'm not sure how I want to hop it yet. Been waffling between Saaz and Chinook.

Saaz and CHinook? Thats an interesting place to waffle lol. Id be interested in this also!
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Re: Hops for Pilsner
« Reply #14 on: April 11, 2012, 12:17:10 PM »
I've done some light psuedo-lagers with all Vanguard and all Crystal. They turn out pretty well. Any of the domestic Hallertau mimics should work fine. I prefer to buy domestic when I can (not that I think German hop growers should starve).
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