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Classic American Pilsner yeast check...
« on: February 18, 2010, 06:32:36 PM »
I'm brewing a CAP this weekend and bought Wyeast 2278 (Czech Pils) instead of the American Pilsner strain.  Does anyone have any experience brewing this style with 2278?  Based on Wyeast's description, it sounds like a great option.  What say you?

Here's the recipe:

Classic American Pilsner
2-C Classic American Pilsner

Size: 5.15 gal
Efficiency: 80.0%
Attenuation: 77.0%
Calories: 185.91 kcal per 12.0 fl oz

Original Gravity: 1.056 (1.044 - 1.060)
Terminal Gravity: 1.013 (1.010 - 1.015)
Color: 3.25 (3.0 - 6.0)
Alcohol: 5.66% (4.5% - 6.0%)
Bitterness: 37.8 (25.0 - 40.0)

Ingredients:
7.5 lb Pilsner Malt
2.75 lb Polenta (Instant)
.50 oz Magnum (12.1%) - added during boil, boiled 60 min
1 oz Saaz (3.0%) - added during boil, boiled 20 min
1 oz Saaz (3.0%) - added during boil, boiled 10 min
1 oz Saaz (3.0%) - added during boil, boiled 5 min
1 oz Saaz (3.0%) - added during boil, boiled 0 min
1.0 ea Whirlfloc Tablets (Irish moss) - added during boil, boiled 5 min
1.0 gal starter of Wyeast 2278 Czech Pils
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Re: Classic American Pilsner yeast check...
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2010, 07:53:18 AM »
The Rocky Mountain Lager yeast makes a nice one.

34/70 too
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Re: Classic American Pilsner yeast check...
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2010, 07:14:51 AM »
Reviving this thread to ask a related question...

Would a small amount of Victory (~2.5%) be out of place in a CAP?  I'm not asking whether it would be to style, but whether it would be a complimentary malt to a CAP grain bill of, say, 6-row and flaked corn.
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Re: Classic American Pilsner yeast check...
« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2010, 07:48:05 AM »
34/70 too

+1

I really like 34/70. Nice and clean. Easy to use as well.
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Re: Classic American Pilsner yeast check...
« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2010, 08:44:46 AM »
Reviving this thread to ask a related question...

Would a small amount of Victory (~2.5%) be out of place in a CAP?  I'm not asking whether it would be to style, but whether it would be a complimentary malt to a CAP grain bill of, say, 6-row and flaked corn.

Make it and tell me
I love me some Victory :D

Almost time to start a Dampfbier thread  ;)
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Re: Classic American Pilsner yeast check...
« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2010, 10:05:20 AM »
Reviving this thread to ask a related question...

Would a small amount of Victory (~2.5%) be out of place in a CAP?  I'm not asking whether it would be to style, but whether it would be a complimentary malt to a CAP grain bill of, say, 6-row and flaked corn.

Make it and tell me
I love me some Victory :D

Almost time to start a Dampfbier thread  ;)

I'm going to brew it Saturday.  I'll let you know how it turns out.

Yeah, it's almost Dampfbier time!
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Re: Classic American Pilsner yeast check...
« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2010, 10:06:57 AM »
I've never made a CAP, but that sounds really good Matt - I love me some Victory.
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Re: Classic American Pilsner yeast check...
« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2010, 10:43:38 AM »
Almost time to start a Dampfbier thread  ;)

I need to try making this one.
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Re: Classic American Pilsner yeast check...
« Reply #8 on: March 04, 2010, 10:49:47 AM »
Almost time to start a Dampfbier thread  ;)

I need to try making this one.

Very underrated style

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Re: Classic American Pilsner yeast check...
« Reply #9 on: March 04, 2010, 11:25:57 AM »
I've never made a CAP, but that sounds really good Matt - I love me some Victory.

This will only be my second CAP.  I brewed my first almost two weeks ago.  I'm hoping to have plenty available when baseball season kicks off.   8)
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Re: Classic American Pilsner yeast check...
« Reply #10 on: April 01, 2010, 07:45:54 PM »
I have made several CAPs the last few years, usually with Wyeast's Bohemian Lager strain (my go-to lager strain).  I have experimented and made the same basic recipie using the Wyeast Budvar Lager and Saflager strains as well.  I have found they all turned out fine, were well within style, and bring home ribbons when entered in comps.  Of the 3 strains, I like the saflager the least, but it still produced a nice clean beer and I will probably use it again (depending on price).  I make at least one or two CAPs a year, often substituting hops and yeast with whatever is free and available at the time.  The style is pretty robust.  I have also diluted my CAP, 3 gallons of water to 12 gallons of beer to produce 3 kegs of premium american lager. 
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